For the Canada Day long weekend, a large group of friends took a trip to Saturna Island, part of the Southern Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, just off the southern part of Vancouver Island. GJ and I rode our bikes to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, about 31 km from our home in downtown Victoria. We made a few stops along the way and rendezvoused at the ferry terminal with more of our party, and a friend who spends July 1 on Saturna every year helping with the big Lamb BBQ event.

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Such a beautiful morning riding out to Sidney on the Lochside Trail. This is the view from the Blenkinsop Trestle.

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Mattick’s Farm in Central Saanich. Bathroom break, but could have easily been ice cream break! We were holding out for lunch in Sidney.

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One of our favourite places to eat in Sidney, Maria’s Souvlaki.

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I’m not sure why, but those waffle fries are so, so good.

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On the ferry from Swartz Bay in Sidney to Lyall Harbour, Saturna Island.

Our accommodation on Saturna at the Breezy Bay B&B was delightful. Saturna Island is beautiful and rugged, with much beautiful shoreline. We enjoyed walks, beautiful views and great food. The Lamb BBQ, the Community Club’s yearly fund raiser, was an old-fashioned country fair. I hope we can return to Saturna Island soon!

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Our home for three nights, the Breezy Bay Bed and Breakfast.

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The view of Boot Cove from the Breezy Bay B&B.

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A tiny beach at Breezy Bay, Saturna Island.

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Stranded moon jellyfish, Breezy Bay.

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Beach assemblage, Breezy Bay.

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Sunset from the Lighthouse Pub our first night on Saturna.

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Twenty-seven Saturna Island-raised lambs. The event sold over 900 tickets for this feast. The community Club uses money raised from this event for their yearly budget which funds the local library, health care, ambulance service, school events, to name a few.

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The crazy wood-fired beverage barrels at the BBQ. One for coffee (thick and fierce by all accounts), and the other for water (from which was brewed the best cup of tea I’ve ever had!).

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Ah, the shady veranda. M and J relaxing with GJ.

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Heading back to the B&B from the beach at Breezy Bay we are greeted by the pet chicken.

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Sunset view from the hill above Breezy Bay.

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The Saturna Heritage Centre at East Point. Photo courtesy GJ Pearson.

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M and Sprocket staying on the path to avoid the spear grass. Photo courtesy GJ Pearson.

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Goodbye Saturna…

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Back to Sidney and breakfast at The Five and Dime Diner.

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