VISIT SALT SPRING ISLAND
Getting to Quarrystone House B&B
Quarrystone House Bed and Breakfast is on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. It is close to Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and within an easy days drive from Bellingham and Seattle in Washington State. Once on the island, Quarrystone House Bed and Breakfast is easy to find.
By BC Ferries
The most common way of getting to Salt Spring Island is by Ferry. There are three possible ferry routes to Salt Spring Island:
1. Tsawwassen to Long Harbour Ferry
From the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen there is a direct ferry to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island. Usually this ferry makes three brief stops at other Gulf Islands along the way and only goes twice each day. In July and August there are several non-stop sailings added to the schedule.
It is recommended you make a reservations on this ferry especially on long weekends or in the summer. Long Harbour is about 20 minutes from Quarrystone House.
DIRECTIONS TO QUARRYSTONE HOUSE B&B FROM LONG HARBOUR FERRY
Take Long Harbour Road to Upper Ganges Road. Turn right and then immediately left. Stay on Upper Ganges Road to the intersection with Lower Ganges Road. Continuing straight through the road becomes Vesuvius Bay Road. Follow until Sunset Drive and then turn right. After about 6 km watch for the sign for Quarrystone House at 1340 Sunset Drive.
2. Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay to Fulford Ferry
More frequent ferries leave from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. You then catch a connecting ferry to Fulford Harbour on the south end of Salt Spring.
The ferries leave Tsawwassen every 2 hours on the odd hour and every hour in the summer. At the Tsawwassen ticket booth, be sure you ask for a THROUGH-FARE ticket to Saltspring Island . (It is cheaper this way!)
The Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour ferry takes 35 minutes and leaves every 2 hours on the odd hour enabling perfect connections to Salt Spring. From Fulford Harbour, you’ll have a 30 minutes drive to Quarrystone House.
DIRECTIONS TO QUARRYSTONE HOUSE B&B FROM FULFORD FERRY
Take Fulford-Ganges Road to the village of Ganges, where the main road becomes Lower Ganges Road. Continue north until the intersection with Vesuvius Bay Road. Turn left and watch for Sunset Drive. Turn right on Sunset and follow for about 6 km until you get to 1340 Sunset Drive.
3. Crofton to Vesuvius Ferry
If you arrive from further north on Vancouver Island (e.g. Nanaimo, Tofino, Campbell River), you can take the Crofton Ferry to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island. Sometimes it makes more sense for those living in North Vancouver or West Vancouver or those travelling on Hwy 1 to take the Horseshoe Bay Ferry to Nanaimo, then drive 40 minutes south to Crofton and take the Crofton Ferry. Please check BC Ferries website for ferry times.
DIRECTIONS TO QUARRYSTONE HOUSE B&B FROM VESUVIUS FERRY
Take Vesuvius Bay Road to Sunset Drive (the first road on the left) and then follow Sunset Drive for about 6 km. Quarrystone House B&B will be on your left at 1340 Sunset Drive.
By Float Plane
Since there is no airport on Salt Spring, air travel is by float plane (about 20 minutes). This is a lovely scenic flight from downtown Vancouver or the South Terminal of the Airport and can save 3 hours or more each direction.
With service to the outer Gulf Islands, Vancouver, Tofino and other destinations 1-250-537-9880.
With regular service between Vancouver downtown and International Airport to Saltpring Island, Ganges Harbour, year round. 1-800-0212 or 604-688-1277.
With service between Vancouver International Airport and Salt Spring Island, year round. 1-800-447-3247 or 604-273-8900.
With service between Salt Spring and Seattle, May to September, and between Victoria and Seattle, year round. or call 206-486-1257 or 866-534-9524.
Getting here by boat
GULF ISLANDS WATER TAXI
Passengers and bicycles only. Will get you from other Gulf Islands to Salt Spring but there is limited service each day.
SALTSPRING MARINA – 250-537–5242.
GANGES MARINA – 250-537-5810.
FULFORD MARINA – 250-653-4467.
Getting around Salt Spring
SALT SPRING ISLAND TRANSIT 250-538-4282
There are only two taxis on Salt Spring! Silver Shadow Taxi at 250-537-3030.
Marine Drive Car Rentals at 1-250-537-6409 or 1-250-537-9100.
GANGES FAERIE MINI SHUTTLE
Will pick you up at a ferry terminal and take you to Ganges or to another terminal.
1-250-537-5305 (home) or 250-537-6758 (cell).
Travel from Washington State
THE VICTORIA CLIPPER (1-206-448-5000) in Seattle, 250-382-8100 in Victoria) is a passenger-only ferry which operates from downtown Seattle to the inner harbour of Victoria.
THE COHO (360-457-4491 in U.S. or 250-386-2202 in Canada) sails to Victoria from Port Angeles.
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES (1-800-843-3779 in Seattle or 250-381-1551 in Sidney) from Anacortes and the San Juan Islands dock at Sidney, north of Victoria near Swartz Bay ferry terminal.