Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island

  • Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island
  • British Columbia

We spent the day in Ganges, the largest village on Salt Spring Island, B.C. The island is part of the traditional territory of the Saanich, Cowichan and Chemainus First Nations. On the island, we headed to the Salt Spring Public Library, where we heard from community members representing the diversity of people and interests in the community, including Joe Akerman, member of the Quw’utsun First Nations. It was great to get an opportunity to learn about the fabric of the island, and to meet with the local community. We then divided into two groups. Our first group visited the Gulf Islands Secondary School, where they met with students from Salt Spring Elementary School, Salt Spring Middle School, and other Island schools. We love discussing the expedition, showing schools our Canada C3 giant floor maps, and seeing how far the journey has taken us! Our second group headed to the Bittancourt Museum, which illustrates the lives of early settlers on Salt Spring Island. The groups then met at Bullock Lake Farm, where we heard from Zack Hemstreet and Molly Wilson, first generation farmers. Together they have transformed this heritage farm into a vibrant community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, as well as a venue for a variety of island events, including barn dances, farm to table dinners, and concerts. After our day of learning about local agriculture and the diversity of the island, we headed back to the ship in the early afternoon, where we took advantage of the spectacular October weather to try our hand at stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. We returned to the ship for an early dinner, and set sail at sunset. Thank you to the hundreds of community members who came to the ship for a tour – we were blown away by your support and your kind words.