Casal's Jamboree in Salt Spring Island- Now with pictures!

We invite you to the third Catalan (mini) Jamboree at Salt Spring Island on the week of week 10 and August 11, 2019. Feel free to arrive on Friday 9 and stay until Monday 12.

What will we do?
Hang out, chat and eat! Plus free time to do what you want. Some possible activities on the island are:
- Swim in lakes: St. Mary, Cushion are family oriented, Blackburn is clothing optional
- Swim in the sea: Vesubius (cold but tolerable), Beddis beach (very beautiful but the water is really cold!)
- Market on Saturday (very nice but very expensive)
- Hike to Mt. Erskine (vigorous), Mt. Maxwell (more relaxed), Burgoyne Bay (flat and easy), Ruckell Park (plan and different distances).
- Bicycle (the roads are narrow but everyone is used to cyclists except the mainlanders!)
- Artisanal routes

The plan is to have dinner together on Saturday evening. Bring something to share, but there will be salad and BBQed sausages.

Saturday morning there will be a sausage making workshop open to everybody. We will be eating them at dinner time.


How to get there?
By ferry! At the ferry terminal (Tsawwassen) you can reach public transport: Canada Line at Bridgeport, and transfer to bus 620. It can take up to two bicycles, so if you take it, come early to be able to load Move the web for hours.

From Tsawwassen to Salt Spring there are two possible routes:

Tsawassen-Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island) -Fulford Harbor (Salt Spring Island)

At Tsawassen buy a ticket for Salt Spring Via Swartz Bay. Once in Swartz Bay transfer to the boat that goes to Salt Spring (Fulford Harbor).

If you come by car, once in Vancouver Island you have to leave the ferry terminal (Swartz Bay) and at the first exit of the freeway make a U-turn to return to the terminal. It is very well indicated. However, you only have about 20 minutes until the Tsawwassen ferry arrives and the Salt Spring ferry leaves. And in summer normally ferries fill very quickly, so bring a good book to wait for the next ferry to Salt Spring (they leave every two hours).

If you come by foot, once in Salt Spring take the shuttle bus at the exit of the ferry to Ganges. It is the main town in SSI. We will be there waiting for you to pick you up (but please tell us you are coming!).

The island has many ups and downs, but getting around by bike is perfectly possible. From the ferry to the property there are about 25km.


Tsawassen-Long Harbour
At Tsawwassen take a ferry that leads to Salt Spring (Long Harbor). With a couple of exceptions, these ferry stops at other islands, so the entire trip can take up to three hours. If you take this ferry, relax and enjoy the mini cruise. This is the most relaxed option, especially if you are coming by car.

If you come by foot we will pick you up at Long Harbor. The terminal is about 15' by bicycle until the property

If you come by car please share any free places you have. Reservations are absolutely necessary if you come by car, and the sooner you do them better. Reservations can be make with BC Ferries at no extra cost

The Tsawassen-Long Harbour route also accept passenger reservations at no extra cost. If you want to be on the safe side, make reservations.


Place
The address is: 144 Harbourside Place (Salt Spring Island naturally). Check Google maps for maps of the area, the ferries and the property.

What to bring

  • Camping tent.
  • You can also make bivouacs (it's summer!) Note: there are two camping tents available in case you do not have one. First come first server basis
  • Camping mat, sleeping bag
  • Eat to share
  • Good humor
  • Cutlery for lunch, and if you have camping dishes, too.
  • A towel (for advice from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

Notes:

  • In summer, the Gulf Islands are very dry, therefore no campfires.
  • The smokers will have a defined far-flung corner to indulge. No cigarette butts on the ground are allowed (yes, the butts can cause fires!)
  • The sun can be very strong, so we advise sun cream and hats
  • In the property there is a pond about 4 meters deep, so watch the kids!
  • There may be mosquitoes not too many, but enough to be annoying. Mosquito repellants can be a good idea.
  • In the property and in other parts of the island there are areas with nettles, blackberries and other plants with thorns. Long pants and closed shoes are advisable.
  • With high tide, the property has a little beach with water hot enough to swim (clothing optional) and deep enough for kayak or canoe
  • Being a private property, alcohol is allowed, especially in the form of casa
  • Everyone is expected to be quiet by 11pm. For those who wake up early, we ask them to be quiet until 8am.
  • If you come by car, please try to share any free space you may have
  • The telephone coverage on the island is erratic. So yes, you may be unable to use your phone!!!!
  • We ask everybody to be as environmentally conscious as possible. So try to bring as few single-use stuff as you can, as well as recycle as much as you can.

Facilities
- There will be water for drinking and water (not potable) to washing (no showers!)
- Pit toilet
- Cooking stoves, some pots and pans
- Refrigerator (only for medications or food for children)
- A couple of camping tents if you do not have one
- A pair of bicycles if you come by foot and want to use them

You do not have to decide today to come (except if you plan to come by car, in this case make the reservations right away), If you come, please send an email to Carles for coordination and if you need a ride to the place from the bus stop or ferry terminal. And if you have questions do not hesitate to do them!

For maps and timetables check Google, bcferries.com and translink.ca.

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Beaver Point, Mayne and Pender island on the backlground

 

Part of the group


Hiking to Mt. Maxwell