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Thinking of moving to our little hideaway of paradise? Looking for that perfect retreat to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Whether you’re an artist seeking inspiration, a naturalist searching for a tranquil landscape or a family looking for a fun and vibrant community, Salt Spring has everything that one needs. Scroll down to learn more about our way of life, information about life here and how join us here! Feel free to explore the rest of our website as well as the Chamber of Commerce site for more details.

General Information:

Salt Spring Island is set in the perfect location on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. Everything about the scenic west coast is featured here: lakes, mountains, beaches, the striking Pacific Ocean and much more. With a moderate climate that provides Islanders with warm summers and mild winters, Salt Spring provides a comfortable living environment for all.
There are three villages as well as the local town of Ganges, which acts as the central hub of the island. Here in town one can find most of your needs which range from shopping to cuisine, amenities to art galleries and much more.

We have two major grocery stores, Thrifty Foods and Country Grocer right in downtown along with Natureworks, the healthfood store and green zero waste grocery store – the first of its kind in Canada!  There is also the option of buying local produce at the markets which run from the spring season to the fall. The Tuesday and Saturday Markets are both hosted in Centennial Park and the Wednesday market is located in the United Church Meadows. Many other local producers and farmers sell their products at roadside farm stands where customers pay in the ‘honor box’. Click on the links to learn more about Food, Farms and Farmstands here on the Island.

Our Community:

When you first arrive on Salt Spring, don’t hesitate to contact the local Welcome Wagon. The company greets newcomers to the community, as well as parents of a new baby and newlyweds, by delivering a basketful of no-obligation gifts and goodies (from local merchants) and community information to the recipient’s home. Visit the website Salt Spring Island has a strong, tight-knit community which greatly impacts our way of life in a positive way.

List of newspapers and magazines on island:

Driftwood Newspaper
Island Tides
Gulf Islander
Most of the newspapers and magazines above are available online and have their own Facebook pages. The Island also offers the Salt Spring Exchange, a website dedicated to local news, events, stories, market, accommodations, real-estate, rentals, classifieds, listings and visitor information about our community. Take a look here!

The Lions Club Directory is the local phone book which is a fabulous resource for the Island. Included within the phone book is invaluable contact information for all organizations, government listings, businesses and much more. You can buy a directory at most stores on the Island, including the Salt Spring Island Visitor’s Information Centre.
For families, the Island is a wonderful place to raise your children. Our public education system provides four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. There is also one private elementary school called the Salt Spring Centre School. To find more information about our public schools, visit here.

The programs for children offered here on Salt Spring are unique and hard to find anywhere else. Camps during the summer range from arts and crafts to outdoor adventures such as kayaking and sailing, to even a mermaid and faerie camp! Children can also take swimming lessons at our local pool, tennis and golf lessons at our the Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club which has a brand-new indoor tennis facility! There’s also the option of swim team, soccer, baseball, martial arts, t-ball and many other sports and clubs offered outside of school teams. Many children also commute off-island to Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver to participate in higher level sports.

There are also many adult orientated activities, sports and clubs available to all interests and skills. Explore the website and the Salt Spring leisure guide for more information about the programs for sports and recreation. For Arts and Culture information, visit here

There are many local facilities available to the public, all which offer different activities and pursuits.

Portlock Park
Rainbow Road Pool
Salt Spring Island Public Library

Community halls are available for public use and community events.

Lions Hall (Lions Club’s Hart Bradley Memorial Hall)
Farmer’s Institute
Fulford Community Hall
Mahon Hall (Salt Spring Arts Council)
Meaden Hall (Legion Club #92)
Salt Spring Island Public Library’s Multi-Purpose Room
Beaver Point Hall
Central Community Hall Society