Picking and pressing wild apples from the orchards on Salt Spring Island is a labor of love for Salt Spring Wild Cider House, a craft cider business located at 151 Sharp Road on Salt Spring Island. Yes, they make artisan craft ciders from pears, too!

Bins of apples at the Salt Spring Cider House farm

There are over 450 different varieties of apples grown on the island, providing the opportunity to create truly unique ciders. Apples are gathered from properties all over the island; it’s a real community affair that supports apple growers and other businesses. Salt Spring Island has a long history of apple growing, and was once the largest apple grower in British Columbia.

Home-Made Meatballs, Vegetables, Cider, and Sauces, a food selection at Salt Spring Cider House

Visitors to Salt Spring Cider House can watch the cider-making process, sip the ciders, and enjoy the farm experience. Looking for lunch to go with your cider, or looking for a delicious meal to pair with your drink? The Cider House offers great meals, all made from scratch. For a snack or lunch, try the Wild Cider Figs, the House-Made Meatballs, or the local Farm Fresh Salad with edible flowers along with your favorite cider. Larger Plates include the Cider House Cassoulet with smoked duck, pork, and lamb sausage; or choose the AAA Striploin; or the Feature Sandwich with the side feature salad. You can make reservations online at saltspringwildcider.com; if reservations aren’t available, there’s plenty of space in their picnic area for walk-in service. Don’t forget to purchase a variety of ciders to take home and enjoy with family and friends. The Cider House is open daily, year-round, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the gently sloping acres of apple and pear trees. Call (250) 931-5554 ext. 2, or check their website for current hours of operation.

Basket full of a variety of bottled ciders

To reach Salt Spring Cider House, boaters will need to take a taxi or rent a car – from Ganges, head west on Lower Ganges Road past Country Grocer and turn right on Sharp Road. Next time you are in Ganges, don’t miss this special farm experience at Salt Spring Cider House.

Photos by Salt Spring Cider House