ask for lis list: Family Day Holiday Weekend in B.C. Things to do & enjoy!
- 02/07/14 09:16 AM
This weekend is the new holiday weekend in B.C., called Family Day (Monday, Feb 10th, is the holiday). It's a great mid-winter break.
Lots of choices for things to do & see:
-skiing at Mt Washington, in the heart of the Comox Valley.
-taking in B.C. Museum in Victoria, plus Robert Bateman gallery in Inner Harbour, tea at the Fairmont Empress, meandering the Antiques Row of upper Fort Street, enjoying Craigdarroch Castle, the Victoria Art Gallery...lots to see & to do.
-don't forget Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, plus Butchart's Garden, & Mattick's Farm (in Saanich), & the fun of catching
ask for lis list: CBC Radio came to Salt Spring, looking for yin & yang of Island life!
- 10/06/13 12:09 PM
It was interesting on a recent rainy Friday, down at the Rock Salt Cafe, at Fulford Village, to have a CBC Radio live remote on Island...the noon to one segment was broadcast B.C. wide (Almanac).
The main focus was to highlight the pleasures & the negatives of an island lifestyle...what's great/what isn't about living on a Gulf Island, whether Salt Spring or not.
As the president of the Salt Spring Chamber, I was included...along with writer/poet/farmer Brian Brett (if you haven't yet read his Trauma Farm, do so!), plus Sean MacIntyre (the lead columnist/reporter at the local Driftwood weekly
ask for lis list: Getting to Salt Spring Island is easy...you might not want to leave!
- 09/26/13 09:12 AM
Salt Spring Island is a scenically beautiful Island.
It is part of the provincial government mandated Islands Trust, & is under its rule "to preserve & protect" the environmental beauties of the Gulf Islands for the benefit of all B.C. residents.
It's easy to get to Salt Spring: 3 different ferries service the Island.
One is direct from Vancouver's terminal at Tsswassan to Long Harbour on Salt Spring.
Another goes from Victoria's terminal at Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring.
A third ferry goes from Crofton on mid-Vancouver Island to Vesuvius on Salt Spring.
It's easy to
ask for lis list: Be self-sufficient on Salt Spring Island...a rural lifestyle!
- 09/25/13 08:09 AM
Thinking of being self-sufficient, with a rural lifestyle?
Salt Spring Island enjoys a very temperate climate (called "cool Mediterranean"), and vineyards, olive groves, orchards, and the 10k diet of produce thrive...it's all here!
Little farm-style properties dot the Island...sheep graze...horses & llamas & alpacas...riding trails abound.
We are an island, and oceanfront & oceanview properties have their allure, of course...but a farm style acreage has its charm.
Be a part of the foodie revolution on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Here's your next adventure!
On Salt Spring on the last weekend of September? Enjoy the Sip & Savour experience...winemakers dinners
ask for lis list: Dining out on Salt Spring? Lucky us...lots of great choices!
- 09/23/13 09:31 AM
So...lots of great places to go for dinner. Lucky Salt Spring that we get to choose from so many different and great foodie options.
Treehouse Cafe serves up delicious food in a very eclectic space...best muffins in town, & love their salmon dinner!
Piccolo's is the fave place for fine dining & wine list to match. Fresh halibut is one of my choices, if in season...the best dessert in town lives here (chocolate timbal, of course!).
The Harbour House Hotel enjoys a stellar Harbour view and delivers on an authentic farm to plate experience. Their own farm (behind the
ask for lis list: Drifting in the Salish Sea, in September....
- 09/06/13 10:06 AM
September offers lovely weather, mirroring August's charms, on the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Yes, it can be a little cooler in the early mornings and at night, but afternoons are warm & lovely & the great boating season continues.
A perfect time to drift between the Southern Gulf Islands, & to catch the beauties they all offer...if you're lucky, you'll find yourself sharing this sliver of the Salish Sea with resident orca pods.
Enjoy Galiano's Montague Marine Park. Savour Mayne Island's Springwater Lodge deck & discover the Japanese Memorial Gardens. Have fun at Pender's Poet's Cove...go between Bedwell & Browning
ask for lis list: Lots to do & see on Salt Spring Island, this Labour Day holiday!
- 08/30/13 09:08 AM
Enjoy this Labour Day holiday weekend!
Saturday Market in the Park, artists expositions at ArtCraft (Mahon Hall), at ArtSpring's galleries, & all the Ganges galleries are open & showcasing their artists, and the studio tour participants welcome you!
Restaurants are featuring the local luscious island-grown produce, & vineyards are open for tastings of the award-winning local wines. Mmmm....
So much to enjoy on special Salt Spring Island...and we're so close to our neighbouring Southern Gulf Islands...always fun to catch the ferry or the water taxi & go explore.
This afternoon, catch the Long Harbour ferry & pop off at
ask for lis list: Visit Salt Spring on Sept 27/28/29...it's Harvest Time & Sip & Savour!
- 08/26/13 10:14 AM
September is a harvest time in my beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Farmers markets (Saturday Market, Tuesday Market, Wednesday Market), bountiful Fall Fair (a two day authentic rural celebration), and the annual Sip & Savour event, created by the Chamber of Commerce, to highlight the accomplished & award-winning local vineyards, creative chefs, & producers of our locavore fare. Wineries throughout B.C. showcase their excellent wines, and restaurants offer winemaker dinners or Sip & Savour inspired menus. Lucky us!
Call the Chamber office & make sure you have your tickets for this very Salt Spring & very delicious event!
ask for lis list: Oh oh...I see Labour Day Weekend looming...catch summer now!
- 08/20/13 09:41 AM
Wow! We're easing into end of August & into the Labour Day signal of "back to school" & whispers of early Fall.
In the Pacific Northwest Coast we don't really experience "real Winter"...it's more like a long late Fall or an extended early Spring (depending on your point of view). The rest of Canada might be described as the land of ice & snow, in the winter months, but not this lovely thin strip of coast in B.C.'s west.
Just the same, the summer season is looked forward to & hugely enjoyed. A lot of it is about the
ask for lis list: Time for one traffic light on Salt Spring Island? Your thoughts?
- 08/19/13 10:25 AM
So, are we big enough yet to have one traffic light on Salt Spring Island?
This past "summer season" Saturday had many tourists on island and that unwritten "locals rule", about stopping well short of the Rainbow crosswalk, when people using it, so cars turning left off Rainbow onto Lower Ganges Road can do so, was ignored. The line backing up Rainbow was all the way up to the Co-op!
People take chances, the flashing yellow lights at road edges, alerting drivers of pedestrians in crosswalk, is not easily seen by drivers, especially with tourists walking the road edges
ask for lis list: August continues...catch this great Pacific Northwest Coast summer!
- 08/06/13 09:35 AM
This past weekend was the B.C. Day holiday weekend!
First Monday in August is a holiday throughout B.C., and it's often seen as the last holiday treat before Labour Day, harvest festivals/Fall Fairs, & back to school agendas.
Salt Spring offered the Saturday Market in the Park, studio tours, kayak & scooter fun, gallery meandering, beach sojourning, lake & ocean swimming, plus the allure of fresh farmgate produce, decks & patios to encourage al fresco dining pleasures, live music venues, craft fairs, hiking/walking adventures, & the gentle lull of a hammock in the shade & the pretence of a good
ask for lis list: Salt Spring Island investment properties...call Li Read.
- 07/22/13 01:31 PM
Investment Opportunities on Salt Spring Island!
Looking for a hidden treasure? Here it is...the perfect summer/weekender for now (great investment rental option, too) & terrific land to develop your dream later!
At the corner of Westcott and Walker's Hook Roads, right across from the ocean!
Great beachcombing at low tide...quiet country road...pastoral property with forest, too. Sunny, private, on community water...close to town & all amenities yet wonderfully "apart".
Classic early Salt Spring home has been well maintained...a retirement weekender and then a summer retreat...now is your opportunity to recognize a great best buy on this special Island.
Easy to view...call
ask for lis list: Finally, the secondary home marketplace is strengthening...all good!
- 07/13/13 12:11 PM
No one has a crystal ball, especially when calling a market trend.
It does seem, though, that the real estate market has recently shown a distinct move to sellers conditions, particularly if looking at entry level residential opportunities. Inventory continues to thin out, and that often presages price solidity & then increases.
The upper tier priced properties in secondary home/discretionary markets have seen substantial price reductions since the high pricings visible between 2002 & 2007.
Those higher prices reflected the sellers market conditions in place then. The lack of sales in the luxury segment between early 2008 & early
ask for lis list: A Gulf Island lifestyle might suit you perfectly!
- 06/27/13 09:19 AM
Thinking of a Gulf Islands lifestyle?
The wonderful thing about an island choice is that one is connected by ferry or floatplane to Vancouver, to Victoria, to Seattle, to mid-Vancouver Island...easy to get to major centres, & yet one is beautifully "apart"...the best of all worlds, then, this two lifestyle options: country with easy forays to city suggestions.
The surprising thing is how connected the Islands really are!
For a true stand alone island experience, then Salt Spring Island is the one. Call me for details!
Each island offers its own flair and beauty...discover!
Call me...I look forward to
ask for lis list: Summer...ready or not!
- 06/25/13 10:47 AM
Summer, Summer...it's official now...calendar says so!
On Salt Spring Island, it means the Saturday Market, the Tuesday farmers market, the Wednesday market are all up & running!
Plus, the nightly live music at Treehouse Cafe, the Canada Day festivities (classic car show, birthday cake, fireworks), the artist studios all open (check the studio tour map...available at the tourist centre), ArtCraft, ArtSpring gallery showcases, farmgate sales of homegrown veggies, berries, fruit...vineyard tastings...kayak & scooter rentals...floatplane 30 minute tours of the Islands...classic beauty & sanctuary opportunities...refresh & recharge (always Salt Spring's gift).
All the Gulf Islands enjoy their own version
ask for lis list: Longest day of the year coming up...pick your sunset spot!
- 06/17/13 10:49 AM
The calendar says it's officially Summer on June 21st, which is also the longest day of the year.
The great Pacific Northwest Coast, which showcases beauty regardless of the season or the weather, loves this event.
Take time...celebrate the longest day/shortest night...catch the sunset that erases slowly, light shimmering on the western horizon until almost 11 p.m.
If you're on Salt Spring, then Vesuvius Beach is your place.
On Galiano? Montague Marine Park. Mayne? At Dinner Bay. On Pender? Port Washington or Otter Bay. On Saturna? Boot Cove. Seeking that western vista....
ask for lis list: More changes as we shift along...
- 04/22/13 10:30 AM
Change, change, change....
I think it's the mantra of our time.
Spoke earlier to a woman trying to sell advertising space in an English based magazine...the target market was a live/work somewhere else in the world scenario.
She called me because my name was on a database from 2010...I had advertised in a magazine targeted to people wishing to immigrate to Canada. That magazine folded after 11 issues, she told me...because advertising revenue had evaporated by 2011.
Ah, yes...publishing as it used to be done...another casualty of the big eraser we call the Internet.
Nothing has remained untouched.
ask for lis list: Spring Fever? Try something new....
- 03/31/13 07:46 PM
In my beautiful Pacific Northwest Coast region, there are several different floatplane companies, all with regular scheduled flights here and there...mainly out of Vancouver, B.C. All of them, though, offer these half hour scenic tours.
Spring on the Coast is a super time to take advantage of one of these aerial juants.
There is something very clarifying about that bird's eye view.
You're not so high up that you lose contact with the way down there earth, as on a jumbo jet to someplace major...you're about 500 to 1100 feet up, depending where you are. You get to see who
ask for lis list: Does the Year of the Snake bring shift with it?
- 03/11/13 08:56 AM
So...the Year of the Snake. In Western lore, the snake isn't necessarily admired...not so in the Chinese astrology system.
In the Asian zodiac, the Snake is seen as a sign of wisdom and of change. Snakes can shed their old skin, remember, and grow a new one.
Does this mean shifts and changes and reforming in countries, in personal philosophies, in politics, in lifestyles? Will there be new inventions this year that might change how we live?
The Year of the Snake promises to be interesting. How does your particular animal sign fare this year? Always fun to
ask for lis list: Spring adventures, in the Pacific Northwest Coast!
- 02/19/13 08:59 AM
We who live in the great Pacific Northwest Coast region know that these last few weeks of February play tag with Spring's softness.
We who live here year-round, not escaping the grey shroud of winter with trips to Scottsdale, or Palm Desert, or Cabo, or Maui, we emerge from our muffled raincoated winter cocoons to feel a little restless, with a good case of early Spring Fever.
What to do? Day tripping, of course!
And, with a "haven't done this for awhile" theme. What is the old adage? A change is as good as a rest?