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GETTING AROUND

A public transit system covers the main roads of the island, runs Monday to Saturday and transports passengers to and from the three BC Ferries terminals in Fulford, Long Harbour and Vesuvius. You can find the Salt Spring transit schedule here. More on getting around on Salt Spring here.

ARTS

Renowned for its creativity, Salt Spring Island is known as one of North America’s best small arts towns. With gallery and artists’ studios situated throughout the island, visitors can take a Studio Tour to view and purchase the creations of the artists. The famous Saturday Market displays a great cross-section of the high-quality arts & crafts – paintings and pottery, jewellery and clothing, weaving and woodworks. More on Arts on Salt Spring here.

VILLAGES

Visit one of our beautiful and famous seaside villages. The largest, Ganges, located in the centre of the island is a focal point for arts, restaurants and pubs, unique shops and book stores and our spectacular outdoor Saturday craft market. Our local marinas attract pleasure boaters, commercial and sports fishermen. More on Boating here.

CURRENCY

Salt Spring has its own legal, local currency. Each denomination consists of a world renowned Salt Spring artist’s work. It can be used at par with the Canadian dollar on Salt Spring Island and is also a great collector item and/or gift.  Visit Salt Spring Dollars website.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Recreational activities on the island are numerous and there is something for everyone. Hike through one of many trails with spectacular vistas. Swim in one of the refreshing lakes or a sheltered ocean cove. Or maybe you prefer the local public swimming pool, located near Ganges Village. Got a racquet? Play a game of tennis at the court in Portlock Park and if tennis isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll want to jog around the track instead. Workout, tan or sauna in one of our two fitness centres. Other activities include fishing, diving, sailing, kayaking, cycling, golfing (including a disc golf course), camping and beachcombing. Another impressive feature is Ruckle Provincial Park, the Gulf Island’s largest provincial campground. More on Outdoor Adventures here.

CULINARY ADVENTURE

With 225 farms, the island is well established in agriculture and is well known for the local sheep farming. Come by in the spring and enjoy what most anyone would say is the best rack of lamb you’ll ever taste. Be sure to visit the outdoor Market in Ganges, where many of the local farmers and growers display their organic crops. Visit one of the Vineyards or Cheese Farms or stop by in the fall to partake of our famous Fall Fair and our Apple Festival. And then there’s the restaurants and cafe. More on Culinary Adventure here.

WELLNESS

The dazzling beauty of the Country’s West Coast Islands offers the backdrop for top quality and professional health treatments, from esthetics to therapy, from retreats to regular practice. Alternatives to wellness approaches flourish on Salt Spring. More on Health and Wellness here.