The Fernwood Road Cafe logo includes ferns and quail positioned in a circle.


Looks Like a Drip

A persons with a green jacket and a beard sits in a tent with arms crossed and a plate balanced on their head.
Did these two find a drip in our brand new tent ceiling? Nooooooo!

New Planter Boxes Circa March 2022

Four cedar planter boxes in a half circle around a plum tree.
In anticipation of the coming sunshine, we built these planter boxes for lettuce, tomato, and cucumber!

Flat White

Pardon the paronomasia, but look at the pride on my face after making a flat white to match my flat forehead.

A six ounce, black coffee cup that contains a shiney espresso-drink with a heart on it.
My friend tells me that I also have to write something here about the business card on my face.

How's Your Vibe?

This poster advertizes vibe assessment services.
You never know what kind of community initiatives will appear on our bulletin board.

Circa January 2022

Today we had a special visit at the cafe from our resident unicorn. I decided to walk the unicorn home. Unbeknownst to us, Banana Joe was on the Fernwood Dock, the unicorn caught his eye, and Joe decided to film us. The rest speaks for itself.

Circa Fall 2020

The infamous T-na the T-rex made an appearance at the Fernwood Road Cafe.

Dinosaur having coffee with a human at an outdoor table near the ocean.
She said it was the best coffee she has had since the Maastrichtian age of the Upper Cretaceous period (which was about 60 million years ago).


We take a safety-first approach. Despite the obvious downsides, we have enacted policies that prioritize safety over convenience and profit.

Dry, Warm-ish Outdoor Seating

We have installed canvas tents and shored them up against the winds with wood.
White 10x10 foot tent with cathedral windows.
Outdoor Tents to Keep Dry
We installed 240 volt electric infrared heaters. For many people, these are enough to take the edge off the cold of winter.
Silver body on a heater with an orange glow.
Dimplex Pro Outdoor Heaters to Keep Warm

Indoor Air Quality

We monitor air quality with a CO2 logger (by DOEATOOW) that we place in a high visibility location for staff and customers. This acts as a measure of air changes per hour (basically stuffiness). If CO2 levels rise above 700 parts per million, that cues staff to open windows for increased ventillation.
Digital screen about the size of a deck of cards with the number 698 on it.
CO2 Logger to Monitor Air Quality
Air Filtering
We clean virus from the air with two Corsi-Rosenthal Boxes. This removes virus from the air by using box fans to pull air through five MERV-13 filters.
A cube comprised of a box fan on top and four sqaure filters on the sides.
Corsi-Rosenthal Boxes for Air Filtering

Indoor Seating, Customer Flow, and Social Distancing

Red/Green Stoplight
A red/green stop light at the entrance limits indoor occupancy. Staff use a remote control to turn it green when the next customer may enter and red when occupancy has reaches its limit.
Black vertical rectangle with a red and a green light.
Red/Green Light to Limit Occupancy
Saloon Doors
Swinging saloon-style doors keep customers moving in the right direction. This prevents customers from circling back to the order area after ordering.
Swinging saloon-style door with 'exit' written on it.
Saloon Doors for One-Way Customer Flow
Seating Limit
Indoor seating has a limit of two tables with a maximum of three customers per table. This maintains social distancing among seated people while also maintaining distance around people who are picking up orders.
A 8 oz glass off coffee with a heart drawn in steam milk.
... and we also make delicious coffee!

Welcome to the Fernwood Road Cafe!


Open 9-4 on weekends, 9-3 midweek, and closed on Wednesdays. We also take an annual two week holiday from January 2nd to 16th inclusive. We last updated our hours on January 16th, 2022.

Open Closed
Mon 9 am 3 pm
Tue 9 am 3 pm
Wed Closed
Thu 9 am 3 pm
Fri 9 am 3 pm
Sat 9 am 4 pm
Sun 9 am 4 pm



325 Fernwood Road
Salt Spring Island