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Rocking music and food at the Tree House Café


My wife Terena and I visited Salt Spring Island seven years ago and fell in love with it. We had lunch at the Tree House Café and talked about what a great little place it was, the dream it would be to live here and own it, and too bad it wasn’t for sale.


By Mark LeCorre



Well, turns out it was. So we bought it and three months later moved from Calgary.


It’s a tiny 1920s heritage cottage around a giant plum treenext to Mouat’s in the heart of Ganges village, and it had a ramshackle patio thrown together with plywood. Of course, we didn’t see all the work it needed when we fell in love with the romanticism of the place. We rebuilt it, cleaned it up, and in the summer with the patio, we’ve got 75 seats — a really nice size.


Our regulars were worried we were going to come in and upset things, so we had to move slowly when we did make some changes. We’re passionate about serving delicious, wholesome food, prepared from scratch, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a big menu with a variety of eggs and scrambles, burgers and sandwiches, burritos and quesadillas, curry bowls, stews, salads and dinner entrées.


Music is a big part of who we are. I’ve spent years working in the recording industry, and we host live music every night from May to September – music under the stars! We came into this without a lot of foodservice experience, so learning how to run a restaurant well, with all the staffing and kitchen challenges, has been a big part of our Salt Spring journey.