Salt Spring Island is located in the southern part of the Strait
of Georgia just north of Sidney.
BC Ferries is the most common form of transport used to go to Salt
Spring Island. The ferry ride takes about thirty-five minutes from
Vancouver Island and around an hour from the Lower Mainland depending
on line ups and weather. BC Ferries has terminals located at Tsawwassen
near Vancouver, - at Swartz Bay and Crofton
on Vancouver Island.
and Water Taxi
If you're not using a car, there is also airline service from Vancouver,
Seattle, Nanaimo and
Victoria. For service
from another Gulf Island, there is a water taxi service from Ganges.
Salt Spring Island is the most populous and developed island in
the Gulf Islands. The main centre, Ganges, has a good selection
of accommodations, stores and medical facilities. Ganges also provides
the main meeting area for local people with various shops and waterfront
The Saturday market starts every spring from April to mid-October
and will provide you with an opportunity to experience the local
artisans and crafts people.
Gardening Capital of Canada"
Agriculture has played an important part in Salt Spring Island's
history and is present today. Apple trees, sheep and cheese have
made great impacts with their quality and reputation. Salt Spring
is often considered the "organic gardening capital of Canada".
of the Gulf Islands
Mt. Maxwell Provincial Park offers some of the best views of the
Gulf Islands, the Strait of Georgia and west towards Maple Bay.
Take the dirt road to the top and view the spectacular panorama.
Take your camera along for some memorable pictures. *Take warning
the dirt road is about 8 km (5 miles) long with some rough sections.
Not really suitable for an RV.
For oceanfront camping, the wilderness style camping at Ruckle Provincial
Park is spectacular. Camp right at the ocean's doorstep and experience
bald eagles and killer whales travelling by, right at nature's doorstep.
Salt Spring Island has two hotels, motels and at least 40 Bed and
Breakfast facilities from which to choose. There are also a number
of resorts and private cottages on the island if you prefer quiet
Ganges has various boat services and mooring available.
Spring Island Links
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MV Skeena Queen
arriving at Swartz Bay
Ruckle Provincial Park
Mt. Maxwell from
View of Maple
Bay from Mt. Maxwell