Visit the Village at Fulford Harbour for a slower pace of life on the South End of Salt Spring Island. Near Ruckle Provincial Park and surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Fulford Valley, this charming village has charm all its own with great dining, shopping and places to stroll and unwind.
Home to one of Salt Spring’s three ferry terminals, Fulford Harbour balances quaint village appeal with a surprising number of amenities, making this south-end centre a favourite stop for those passing through and a treasure in its own right.
Just a few streets perched along the edge of the harbour make up the village proper. Fulford residents are passionately committed to retaining the community’s small village character, resulting in a collection of shops and cafes nestled in historic cottages near the water’s edge. Here visitors can peruse and buy a variety of unique goods, from fine linens to local artwork, to tie-dyed clothing.
In the village, hungry travellers will find an organic café and bakery, a restaurant focusing on fresh west coast cuisine and Salt Spring Mercantile — a cafe and country store that opened in the spring of 2012 on the former historic Patterson’s Market site. Fulford village also has a post office.
Salt Spring’s well-known creative side is not to be missed in Fulford, with several artists’ studios and galleries in both the immediate village area and along other nearby south-end roads.
Recreational activities are easily pursued in Fulford, which hosts a government dock and a bicycle shop. Several advanced hiking trails begin at the upper village.
For more leisurely pursuits, Drummond Park and a great beach is at the head of Fulford Harbour, a quick walk, cycle or drive from the village. A recently upgraded playground overlooking the beach is dedicated to children. Travellers venturing beyond the village will find a wealth of farm stands offering fresh eggs, vegetables, garlic, honey and cut flowers.