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summer camp out
Summer is so sweet & so is spending some time in the great outdoors. A fabulous way to experience Salt Spring Island is by camping! Dust off the tents, sleeping bags & coolers and come check out what the island has to offer.
The itinerary provided will guide you form the Long Harbour Ferry Terminal on Salt Spring Island down to our Provincial Park in the south end of the Island. Ruckle Provincial Park is truly what Salt Spring is about for me. When you pass through the standard yellow provinicial park gates you drive into a working farm with sheep grazing out in the field, past a beautiful farm stand full of great treats & suprises and then under these tall, ancient apple trees.
From Vancouver or Victoria: check out BC Ferries on line as they have gone paperless with their schedules. We highly recommend making reservations for these sailings. You can borrow my mantra when travelling on BC Ferries in the summer, focus on the journey, not the desitnation by Greg Anderson. Enjoy the view!
This 22 km. journey should take you approximatley 40 mintues in a car to accomplish. It can certainly be done by bike as well – in fact I met an inspiring Mom and her 6 year old son last fall who biked half way & then took a taxi the other half! There are fun stops along the way, so follow your bliss, but use this to get back on the road to camp.
So, down to business of the directions! For those of you who are more map savvy please follow the link to Google Maps.
While driving this stretch of highway you will pass a big beautiful barn to your left. you will also be able to catch quick glimpses of the ocean.
You will pass Moby’s Marine Pub & The Harbour House Hotel. At this end of the harbour you can rent bikes or kayaks from Salt Spring Island Adventure Company.
At this point you will have reached the bustling town of Ganges where you can finish stocking up for your camp adventure. I won’t provide you with much detail as town is small and fun to explore! Once you are done & gased up, continue south through Ganges, pass through town, up the big hill & along our only stretch of 80 km/hr road.
Stop for a quick swim at lake access. Speed limit is 30km in this area.
Up & over the hill.
You will pass some signs that may intrige you and send you on a side adevnture! Salt Spring Cheese is one stop I recomend making.
You will pass Weston Lake which is great for a quick dip. Beach access is small but the water if great. Swim out to the dock. Continue on to the end of Beaver Point Road. You will arrive at the gates for Ruckle Park. Follow the signs to the parking area & take stroll to find your perfect camp spot!
Once you park your car you walk out onto an ocean front speckled with colourful tents! It is at this point that you will take a stroll through the forest and out on the shoreline camping area to find your spot! It is so beautiful it can take your breath away. Ruckle Park has 70 walk in camp sites to choose from.