Chef Marcel Kauer’s stellar menu and dedication to local, seasonal ingredients
Luxury treatments in the spa, or in front of your room’s fireplace
A Relais & Chateax property
What To Know
Children 11 and under are not permitted in the dining room for dinner service
The island is fairly large; if you want the convenience of a car, rent one on the mainland and take a car ferry over (be sure to make car ferry reservations in advance)
The hotel is popular for weddings
These are historic buildings, and WiFi service in guestrooms can be sporadic
Pets are permitted for a fee of $50 to $100 per stay, depending on the room type
Parking on site
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Quaint inn on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island with a spa, locavore restaurant and views of Ganges Harbor
About two hours by ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Vancouver, Hastings House rests at the end of a leafy, winding drive on British Columbia’s picture-perfect Salt Spring Island. Overlooking the marina from one side, it’s bordered on the other by a long meadow filled with grazing sheep. Hastings House’s sprawling collection includes a Manor House, cottages and other historic buildings turned into luxury accommodations. Seven Deluxe Hillside Suites are housed in a 1997 building that mimics the property’s barn, which has a batten-wood and shake-shingle aesthetic. Each is uniquely furnished and decorated, but each has heated slate floors, a fireplace and a bathroom with a large soaking tub and a separate shower. The focal point of each suite is the view of Ganges Harbor through the expansive picture windows or from the private balcony. Expect fresh muffins delivered to your door each morning, as well as a full English breakfast in the dining room. Dinner is in the rustic dining room in the Manor House; the menu, which changes seasonally, incorporates products from the island’s many farmers and artisanal foodmakers.
In the Area
Salt Spring Island has long been a respected colony for artists, so head out on a self-guided tour to check them out; there are established art routes to help you navigate the many galleries and workshops. If birdwatching is your thing, you’re in luck. Salt Spring Island is home to a multitude of songbirds, birds of prey and waterfowl. Rather do something a bit more romantic? Request a gourmet picnic basket from the inn, add a bottle of wine from one of the island’s vineyards and head for one of the many secluded beaches. For active types, the island offers prime hiking and cycling, or you can sail and paddle the waters; day or moonlight kayaking is available (book in advance).
160 Upper Ganges Rd.
Salt Spring Island, Canada
How to Get There
Flights are available to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Travelers then take a 25-minute taxi ride to the ferry to Ganges Harbor. The ferry is approximately $20 per person to walk on, each way, and $70 per person to drive on, each way. Alternatively, seaplane transfers to/from YVR are $80 to $100 per person, each way. Transfers between the hotel and Ganges Harbor are free and can be arranged through the property. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is free.