How to Get Here — It’s Half the Fun
Most people travel to Salt Spring via ferry, landing at one of three on-island terminals.
The Tsawwassen (near Vancouver) to Long Harbour run usually offers two trips a day, with extra sailings in the summer time. This route can be as short as one hour and 30 minutes on a direct route or up to three hours if the ferry is stopping at the other Gulf Islands.
Ferry service from Crofton (near Duncan on Vancouver Island) to Vesuvius offers frequent sailings, almost hourly, every day. This is a short 20 minute ferry ride. Crofton is located on Vancouver Island between Victoria and Nanaimo.
Swartz Bay (near Victoria) to Fulford Harbour is the most frequently used route, offering service every two hours. Swartz Bay is located just outside of Sidney, B.C. It is about a 30 minute drive to downtown Victoria and about seven minutes to Victoria International Airport. A 35 minute voyage, this ferry runs every other hour and is a common boat for commuters who enjoy the Salt Spring lifestyle while employed in Victoria.
Blackball Coho Ferry: This is a passenger and vehicle ferry that runs from Port Angeles, Washington to downtown Victoria.
Coho Ferry: A passenger-only ferry that goes from Port Angeles, Washington to downtown Victoria.
Victoria Express: Also runs from Port Angeles to downtown Victoria.
Victoria Clipper: Also runs to downtown Victoria.
Washington State Ferries: Which run from Anchorets, Washington, to Victoria and Sidney.
Private air service companies offer flights from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, and Seattle. Daily scheduled service and chartered flights are available.
Seair SeaPlanes: can be reached at 1-800-447-3247 or www.seairseaplanes.com.
Harbour Air: can be reached toll free at 1-800-665-0212.
Gulf Islands Water Taxi: A 40-passenger vessel available for charter or tours. Year-round service is offered, connecting Salt Spring, Galiano, Mayne and Pender islands. It also offers 24-hour emergency service. Call 537-2510 or e-mail water firstname.lastname@example.org www.saltspring.com/water_taxi.
If you are traveling by your own boat from the United States, there is a customs office at Bedwell Harbour on South Pender Island.