WELCOME TO SALT SPRING ISLAND

On Salt Spring Island there is something for everybody whether one is looking for a yurt, or a 6,000 square-foot, waterfront, architectural extravaganza.

Diverse, eclectic, multi-faceted, and known for its artisan community, Salt Spring has a well educated and well-traveled population of approximately 12,000. There is a theatre for the performing arts, a cinema, at least two world-classrestaurants, pubs, cafes, giftshops, bookstores, galleries, and boating that is reputed to be the best in the world.

Author, John Villani names Salt Spring Island the “best art town” in Canada and the ninth best in North America in hislatest edition of”The 100 Best Art Towns.” He was quoted in the local paper as saying, “You guys deserve it. Salt Spring just gets better every year I visit and I’ve never had anything but the greatest of experiences there.” He attributed the natural beauty of the island, the people, and the many outlets available to the artisan, such as the famous Saturday Market,the studio tours, and the galleries, as being the contributing factors that ranks Salt Spring 91 towns ahead of the100 towns considered.

The Saturday Market is a huge draw and local farm produce and crafts are forsale in a constantly shifting venue that is in the waterfront park of Ganges, the island’s town centre. There is also a hospital, healing spas, yoga, our Salt Spring Centre which has varying retreats, and a thriving musical community. There are several elementary schools, and one high school, which is architecturally one of the best designed in Canada. Many different churches, a Buddhist Monastery, and a thriving spiritual community, abide alongside a lively community spirit.

A gardener’s dream come true, we have a climate that is moderate, where Iris Reticulata and Cyclamen bloom in February, when the rest of Canada is predominantly in snow. Picking parsley out of the garden for most of the year is not unusual.

Golf courses, hiking trails, lakes for swimming, extensive parks, where the stunning beauty of Arbutus, Garry Oak, sea and sky may be enjoyed, are all a part of the nature surrounding us.

Access to the island is by ferry from Swartz Bay and Crofton on Vancouver Island, or Tsawwassen on the Vancouver Mainland. Sea planes land in Ganges Harbour several times a day.

TAKE OUT and SPECIALTY FOOD

Take out and specialty food options on Salt Spring Island are abundant: grab a picnic and head to the beach, or set yourself up for a fine dining experience at home.

BAKERIES & COFFEE

Located in Fulford Harbour across from the Fulford Ferry Terminal.  Fulford Days happen in August each year and are held at this location.  This is an annual family event where islanders enjoy such activities as musical performances and sand castle building. 

FINE DINING

Fine dining on the island is as diverse as the people who live here. From farm to table to European gourmet, you’ll enjoy a range of high quality, considered meals as you explore the dining options that flourish here.

CASUAL DINING

Whether you are looking for Sunday brunch or a pub style dinner you’ll find what fits in one of Salt Spring’s many restaurants and cafes.

GETTING HERE

Come to Salt Spring by ferry, float plane, private boat or water taxi. Find out your best travel options from mainland Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Washington State.

PARKS + HIKING

When visiting Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, there is no better way to explore natures beauty than a good hike through the many walking trails. From shore walks to mountain hikes, Salt Spring has it all.

LAKES

On the south end of the island are Stowel and Weston Lakes. Both lakes have access off of Beaver Point Road.  Stowel Lake is great for kids old and young alike with a sandy beach and a mid-lake dock for the older kids to hang out with another one just off the shore.

FACTS & FIGURES

Information from Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce

ANNUAL EVENTS

Events from January to December!

SAILING & BOATING

Sailing on Salt Spring is second-to-none. With ample anchorages, fully equipped marinas, and wonderful destinations, Salt Spring is a perfect base for your Salish Sea sailing adventures.

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