Upon leaving Poet’s Cove we headed north to Salt Spring Island and Ganges. The Salt Spring marina was a bit confusing getting in—but taking it slow and checking our books got us right into our slip. Our Navigation system was incomplete in Canada, so charts, books and a depth finder got us there. A good chunk of the Salt Spring Marina was reserved for Seattle Yacht club folk, but the marina itself is a but run-down, however very friendly and in a good location. There just happened to be Moby’s Pub with outdoor seating where we gorged ourselves on good food. I had the Tuna bowl and it was exceptional.
The smoke from the Canadian wildfires was beginning to thicken about, and we were getting weary. So, guess what, there happened to be a nice hotel across the street which we checked into. There was also a car rental place. Showers, TV and bed, plus a nice restaurant/bar were very welcome. All cleaned up and ready to roll it was nice to explore the island by car. We found a goat farm that had an amazing pizza (yes, goat cheese pizza and yes please on the goat cheese ice cream). For dinner we went into Vesuvius by the B.C. ferry dock on the other end of the island and it was fantastic. The next day we returned the car and explored by foot, finding good bars with live music for happy hour, a couple of parks for the kids to run around in, a killer book store, Whiskers pet food store and a decent taco shop in a converted gas station. There was no shortage of things to do and see. We even took the dinghy on a trip and went to a state (provincial?) park and walked the dogs. Speaking of dogs, we had an escapee from the hotel. Raleigh (the caramel colored whippet) had been couped up and when he saw a hint of light from an open door he went nuts and ran up the highway, through a private garden with fountain, over a fence, through the bushes and beyond. I assumed we lost him when he came hauling back down the highway, where he was captured, muddy, wet and all and put back in the hotel.
We did encounter our first mechanical issue with Greystar. The blower fan in the engine compartment had a bearing go haywire and make a screeching noise. Upon investigation we found it to be shot. At the marina there happened to be a mechanic, who basically told us it was non-essential and that we really did not need a blower fan in the engine compartment in a diesel. He said they could order parts and get us on our way in a few days, but I decided to just remove the fan and go without. Everything seems to work just fine, and we may or may not ever replace it. Our next stop is Friday harbor, so a good 4-6 hours hopefully the wildfire smoke will lessen as we head south.
We will definitely be coming back to Salt Spring, it’s a good place
2 adults, 2 children, 2 Whippets Sailing the Pacific NW seas.