May 31, 2015

These outbuildings are part of the Ruckle family homestead, first settled in 1877 on Salt Spring Island. In 1972 the family donated their land to B.C. for the creation of a provincial park. The park overlooks Swanson Channel (part of Juan de Fuca Strait). It boasts of a mixture of forest, field and shoreline habitats, and is still an active farm. A trail system takes you through the entire park, and a walk-in campground occupies both meadow and forest locations along the coastline.

The original homestead still stands along with some outbuildings. Only the log shed in this image looks to be as old as the first settlement. In black and white it is almost as if you were still in the late 1800s. This cherry tree looks as if it has survived a long time and still it blooms.

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