You might not have been a boater before arriving on Salt Spring Island, but as soon as you get here it's hard to ignore the alllure of the sea!
So many ways to "get your feet wet", too. Sea kayaking is a true thrill...you're at eye level with the seals, and if you're very quiet, you can suddenly be among them as they troll up and down Ganges Harbour. Two kayak companies train you, and they often practice in St. Mary Lake, too, just to familiarize you with a roll over, etc. The first "sea voyage" is often a trip to Chocolate Island, which is right in front of this dock.
On the horizon in this photo, one can just make out San Juan Island itself, in the U.S. San Juan grouping...so close to the Canadian Southern Gulf Islands!
Mariners call this entire area the best protected boating waters in the world, and in the summer season, whether gunkholing around the Gulf Islands/San Juans, in a sailboat, or powering up to Desolation Sound, it's always a welcome stop on Salt Spring Island. The Saturday Market in the Park is a reason to hit Ganges, to reprovision the boat!
The Sailing Club teaches one to sail, if you're a novice, and the race schedule is a great way to both meet people and to sharpen your skills, before becoming your own skipper. Wednesday evenings in the Summer season, and every Sunday in the Winter season.
You know it's summer, too, when it's time for the annual Round Salt Spring Sailing Race...sometimes it's dead calm, the race is called, and sometimes it's the kind of howling gale that makes me wish I were already back at the dock.
Yes, I admit it...I'm a fairweather sailor.
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