Where else but Salt Spring Island would you be offered an auric healing while browsing in a store chock full of pyramids and crystals? Of course I accepted the offer, thinking “Wow, I have landed in hippie heaven”. And, with its community of artists, healers and activists, I was definitely in the middle of Hippie Heaven.
There are so many magical, mystical things about Salt Spring and I can’t name them all or this will quickly turn into a book instead of a post. So below are just a few of the unique places that make me long to return to this modern day Atlantis:
The Saturday Market. Selling everything from fresh veggies, pulled out of the ground that morning, to home-baked goods, jewellery and one-of-a-kind, handmade crafts.
Sacred Mountain Lavender Farm on the top of Mount Tuam, is such a special, spiritual place. A serene garden/farm/shop and their only neighbor is a Zen Buddhist retreat. Sit on the grass for awhile and you’ll find the air, scented with sweet, soothing lavender will leave you completely at peace.
Salt Spring Island Vineyard looks like a Garden of Eden and makes an organic blackberry port that may be the best thing I have ever tasted. Definitely nectar of the Gods. The vineyard’s tasting area is beside a still, sparkling lake. Find a tree to camp out under, then picnic and sample wine on the grassy area surrounded by water and overlooking an idyllic garden that you won’t want to leave.
My favourite hippie hangout, The Tree House Cafe. Built around a big Arbutus tree, this cafe has amazing fresh food including their famous Tuna Melt: Tuna salad on fresh sourdough bread with tomato and purple onion, baked with jack and cheddar cheese. Add local beer and bands on weekend nights and you’ve got the island hot spot. When the cafe gets too crowded and people spill out onto the side of the road, sitting on rocks, drinking beer and slowly taking over the landscape.
And last but not least, Salt Spring Island Goat Cheese Farm. It smells a little funky on the winding road to the farm (it’s a goat thing) but once you arrive, you are transported to an idyllic country farm of your dreams. The animals are treated incredibly well, there is a huge garden you can explore and a farm fresh cheese shop with outdoor dining area. A must visit.
This island of healers, farmers and artists, is a place to escape to when you want to get away from the chaos of city life, slow down to island time and re-connect with yourself and nature.
A wonderful place to soothe your soul.