With every visit to Salt Spring Island, John and I explore another corner of this Gulf Island gem with wonder and enthusiasm. During our recent December visit it would have been pretty easy to sit in front of our wood-burning fireplace at Hastings House all day but once the clouds parted and the sun beamed down on Ganges Harbour, we knew we had to get out for a walk. Ruckle Provincial Park, about 17 kilometres south west from our manor house, was recommended to us by several islanders so we plotted a course and set out for a morning walk.
Ruckle Provincial Park is described as “one of the most beautiful parks in the southern Gulf Islands” it’s a popular summertime camping destination. Pitch your tent in the grassy meadow overlooking Swanson Channel and explore its 7 kilometres of shoreline, rocky headlands, tiny coves and bays, and a lush forest with a bed of ferns and a canopy of evergreens.
I brought along what I refer to as my “purse camera”, as it’s smaller than my DSLR, as I attempted to capture some of the area’s beauty. Thousands of shades of green, lush beds of moss, twisted arbutus trees with fiery red trunks curving up to the sky, and slick rocky outcroppings overlooking the channel as ferries pass by.
Ruckle Provincial Park Photowalk
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