View over Ganges & Harbour
view over ganges & harbour

Vacation Rental & Water Gardens on
beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Executive 3-Bdrm, 2-Bath Home & Guest Cabin
Water View of Ganges Harbour & Goat Island
5-min walk to the main town, Ganges Village
Spectacular Gardens with Ponds & Waterfalls

Ganges Harbour


Alders Plantation Main House
alders plantation - main house

Alders Plantation is a special character home, premised after the Mississippi River plantation homes north of New Orleans. This 1500 sq. ft. executive home offers a sense of privacy as it is situated on a small cul-de-sac and is surrounded on two sides by wooded lots. It is just five minutes walking distance through the woods to the main town on the island, Ganges Village or to the harbour shoreline. The Main House features four double French doors opening onto a covered veranda with six-person hot tub that overlooks Ganges Harbour and Goat Island. The extensively landscaped 1/2 acre property features over 570 species of plants with over 2,200 flowering trees, shrubs, bulbs and tubers.

The display gardens and walkways surround four ponds, five waterfalls and a babbling brook featuring aquatic grasses and water lilies. Flora and fauna abound, including goldfish, ducks, turtles, frogs and five varieties of nesting birds. Guests may help themselves to fresh produce from 11 fruit trees, kiwifruit vines, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb and blueberries in season. Four flowering magnolias, 26 climbing clematis, seven wisterias and four large, weeping willow trees complete this picturesque southern plantation setting. 

For gardening-types, the best times to view include late-April for the 1200+ tulips, wisteria and magnolias in bloom, and August – September for the “Best Bloom” dahlias and giant “Show” chrysanthemums from the 100+ dahlia and chrysanthemum plants located throughout the property.


Ganges Harbour
Alders Plantation Amenities
Oak hardwood floors, recessed lighting, brass fixtures and hardware
Heatilator wood-burning fireplace
'Sunlight Ceiling' kitchen w/ m/w, d/w, 10-ft. picture window, 65 sq. ft. pantry, oak counters
Cherry-wood dining room; seating for six
Entertainment centre w/ stereo, dual cassette, CD wired to bedrooms
Satellite TV w/ VCR/DVD Player

The living room at Alders Plantation
open floor plan - main house

Alders Plantation Amenities
Wireless Internet
Covered veranda with 10 chairs & four tables
6-person, 26-jet hot tub
Propane barbeque on side deck
Open lawn in front allows for game of croquet or badminton

The Plantation Gardens
Well-known for its exquisite gardens, Alders Plantation contains over 570 different species of trees, flowering shrubs & bushes, totaling 2200 plants. The property includes an 11-tree orchard, various fruits (raspberries, rhubarb, blueberries, blackberries, kiwifruit, bananas), giant dahlias, delphinium, show chrysanthemums, lupines, liatris, over 1000 daffodils and narcissus, 1200 tulips, 80+ hostas, ferns and astilbe. There are four ponds, five waterfalls and a babbling brook running through the property with 23 varieties of water plants (grasses, iris, marigolds and lilies) plus frogs, turtles and ducks.

The Gardens at Alders Plantation

Other Amenities
The property offers a sense of privacy as it is situated on a 10-home cul-de-sac and is surrounded on two sides by wooded lots, yet is convenient to town – only a 5-min walk to Ganges Village or the beach. The property is on the Maxwell Lake water supply (reputed to be the best in the Gulf Islands). A 120-ft "widow-maker" Douglas fir, used as a roosting tree by a mated pair of bald eagles from September to June, sits just 75 yards from the veranda. The best time is often the morning, when spectacular sunrises warm the veranda, where one can enjoy morning tea, or the 26-jet hot tub to massage those aches away!

view of eagle tree from veranda

A Gulf Island Sunrise
a gulf islands sunrise

Special Requests
Tired of ferry waits? Consider float plane service with either Saltspring Air Seaplanes or Harbour Air Seaplanes - they arrive just 500 yards from the doorstep....and with advance notification, Alders Plantation personnel will meet your plane. Want to be pampered? Maid service, housekeeper, cook and chauffeur services also available upon request (extra charges apply).

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