Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands enjoy a wonderful microclimate known as "cool Mediterranean". Succulent plants that also grow in California are found here. Within the larger microclimate, there are subsets of mini microclimates, and gardeners try growing bananas, here, too!
Palm trees flourish, peach orchards can be found, and vineyards are happy, too.
There are several vineyards in various stages of production/development, right now, and the three major ones are the Saturna Vineyard on Saturna Island, the Salt Spring Vineyard (an award winning Blackberry Port is among their production), and the Garry oak Vineyard on Salt Spring (if you can find their Pinot Gris, pick it up!).
Some people are beginning olive production, and so far / so good!
On a Gulf Island, everything "shrinks" in size, so the above mentioned vineyards on Salt Spring are on 5 acre and 9 acre rural parcels.
Often, Salt Spring will carry the illusion of being somewhere in the south of France...delectable!
Cheese makers, vineyards, olive growers, banana trees and palm trees in your garden...it's an amazing place, and well worth a visit!
Drop by the office if you're in the neighbourhood...coffee's on me!