Easter Weekend, April 2022


largest glorious Gulf Island in the Salish Sea

Salt Spring Island has always had a special place in my heart and I am lucky enough to be spending this Easter long weekend on the north east side, overlooking Trincomali Channel from high above the distinctive dog’s leg of Walker’s Hook.

For many years, my family and I “glamped” during long school holidays in a secluded cabin, surrounded by yellow and red cedar, Douglas fir, Garry oak and majestic Arbutus.

Over those decades, I kept a journal, illustrated in watercolour, of our adventures on Salt Spring Island. I have returned here this weekend to recapture the spirit of this Island and weave its magic into the fabric of a new series of poems that I am now working on.

I was married in this tiny church in Burgoyne Bay

Salt Spring Island is part of the traditional territory of the Saanich, Cowichan and Chemainus First Nations, whose people have treasured the rich natural abundance of this unique Island for over 5,000 years.

all photos (c) cemwinstanley