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Boat and Fishing Charters
Hiking and Parks
Ocean & Lake Access


Recreation ~ Boat And Fishing Charters

Ever wanted to see the Gulf Islands from the water, but don't have a boat of your own? See the beauty of the islands... picnic and swim at a secluded beach... visit a marine park accessible only by boat... see marine life as they should be seen: seals, dolphins, sea lions, eagles and killer whales!
Call one of Salt Spring Island's boat charters and book a marine tour.

 Lorenda Sailing, Ganges
Sail a classic 40' yawl. Comfortable, spacious, and safe. Located at Moby's Pub. Don Mellor.

Phone: (250) 538-0084

Big Catch Fishing Charters
Specialising in salmon fishing, sight seeing. Fully equipped boats, all tackle and bait supplied.
Phone: (250) 538-0639
Cell: (250) 538-7872

Salt Spring Marine, Car & Truck Rentals Ltd.
Boat and scooter rentals. Fifteen foot aluminum boat with 15 horse power outboards. Hourly, daily, weekly rates.
Phone: (250) 537-5464
Cell: (250) 537-3122

Gulf Islands Water Taxi
Forty passenger vessels available for charters and tours. Emergency service 24 hours, connecting Salt Spring Island with the Galiano, Mayne and Pender Islands.
Phone: (250 537-2510

Recreation ~ Cycling

Salt Spring Island is notorious for its scenic beauty, mild weather and natural surroundings, and there is no better way to see it all up close than by bicycle. A most popular activity throughout the summer, cycling on Salt Spring is considered an intermediate level, as are many of the Gulf Islands. Mountain biking is particularly popular on Mount Maxwell and several other locations around the island.

Salt Spring Kayaking at the Fulford Wharf rents bicycles (250) 653-4222.The Bicycle Shop in Ganges may be contacted at (250) 537-1544. Scooter rentals are available at Salt Spring Marine, Car & Truck Rentals Ltd. at (250) 537-5464


Recreation ~ Golf

If golf is your passion there are two golf courses on Salt Spring Island.

Blackburn Meadows Golf Club
This course is conveniently located mid-island, south of Ganges. Of particular note is Blackburn Lake which surrounds one side of the course. Coffee and gift/proshop at clubhouse. Ages 6 and up and family packages are available.
Phone: (250) 537-1707

Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club
Established in 1928 this is a 3,039 yard, 9 hole golf course for all ages and abilities. All services. Fully licensed restaurant called the Falconshead Grill & Bar is member owned and the public is welcome.
Office phone: (250) 537-1707
Falconshead Grill & Bar: (250) 537-1760

Recreation ~ Hiking & Parks

Bryant Hill Park  (access via the south side of Peter Arnell Park) Eighty acres with spectacular mountain and valley views as well as Ford Lake.

Burgoyne Bay 30 minutes (access from the end of Burgoyne Bay Road is well signed) Lovely walk above the ocean leads to a point with a view to Vancouver Island. Remains of homes from the '60's barely visible.

Centennial Park (waterfront center Ganges) Playground, waterfront boardwalk, band shell, picnic tables, theatre and music in the summer.

Churchill Road 10 minutes (access on Long Harbour Road and Churchill Road)

Drummond Park (on the left side of Isabella Point Road) Petroglyph, children's play area, picnic area, sandy beach at lower tide.

Duck Creek Park 45 minute loop (access by Vesuvius Bay Road between Broadwell and Sunset Roads) Shaded creek and open meadow trails.

Dunbabin Park 15 minutes (access 500 m. either east or south of the corner of Robinson and Stark roads) One way trail through temperate rain forest along Dubabin Creek.

Fern Creek Park 25 minutes (off Isabella Point Road south of Drummond Park) A walk through a deep gorge carpeted with vibrant ferns.

Grace Point Walkway 5 minutes (access from boardwalk on Grace Point Square) Boardwalk with an outlook on the marina in Ganges.

Jack Foster Trail 4 km. (access is by the East side of Southey Point Road at intersection with the North End Road) This trails goes to shore and then south (at low tide only) and then joins another trail that returns to the North End Road.

Mill Farm CRD Park Reserve (12 km along the Musgrave Road) Remains of early twentieth century farm and mill with trails leading to the top of Mount Bruce.

Mouat Park 30 minutes (access from Artspring) Trail leads to disc golf and follows creek to the Recycling Depot. No overnight camping.

Mount Erskine Trail 45 minutes or more (access on east side of Collins Road) Steep hike to top of Mount Erskine with stunning views. Famous for the 7 magical elf doors located in sundry trees and rock faces on varying parts of the trails.

Mount Maxwell Provincial Park 20 minutes (at end of Mount Maxwell Road) Network of hiking trails with fabulous views of the Burgoyne Valley. Day park with picnic tables. No overnight camping.

Spectacular 180° views (pictured at right) are at the top of Mount Maxwell, approximately 9 km drive from Fulford Ganges Road (the main road linking the Fulford area to Ganges). The peak is approximately 1,500 ft above sea level, and the views look both southward, towards Fulford Valley, Fulford Harbour, and the southern islands, and northeastward, towards Mill Bay, Crofton, and the mountains of Vancouver Island. The road to the park can be quite rough, especially during the rainy season.

Musgrave Green Belt (left side of Musgrave Road 200 m. before the landing) Short trail leads to a waterfall.

Peter Arnell Park 30 minutes (access on both sides of Stewart Road) Loop trail on east side of Stewart Road.

Portlock Park (access the intersection of Vesuvius Bay and Lower Ganges roads) Tennis courts, athletic fields, track, Recreation Offices.

Quarry Drive Park 10 minutes (access near 241 Quarry Drive) A vigorous walk down to the beach with access at low tide to Booth Canal.

Rotary Maritime Park (beside Thrifty Foods) Waterfront board walks and dock with statuary.

Ruckle Provincial Park (at end of Beaver Point Road) Best known as the second oldest operating farm in British Columbia, established in the late 1800's. Today, the park features a beautiful and well-serviced walk-in campground, with barbecue pits, walking trails and lots of beach access, and a visitor's center to the farmhouse and grounds. This 1200 acres of waterfront was offered by the Ruckle family and purchased for $750,000.

Recreation ~ Horses

Blennerhasseh Equestrian Center
Boarding, training, sales, lessons, camps, clinics, coaches.
Phone: (250) 537-2089

Denton Farms
Breeders of Canadians & specializing in hunter/jumper/equitation, sales and training. Riding Lessons and showing.
Residence: (250) 653-9296
Barn: (250) 653-9200


Recreation ~ Kayaking

Andale Kayaking, North Salt Spring
Your north end kayak connection. Rentals, lessons, tours, kid's boats. Wallace Island Marine Park is a mile away and St. Mary Lake is nearby for beginner's lessons.   

Phone: (250) 537-0700

Island Escapades "Unlimited", Ganges
Kayak tours, sunset paddles, lessons, rentals, camping expeditions and youth camps.
Phone: (250) 537-2537

Salt Spring Adventure Company,
Explore the natural wonders of the Gulf Islands. Family friendly kayak tours and bike rentals at the Salt Spring Marina. 
Phone: (250) 537-2764
Toll Free: 1-877-537-2764

Saltspring Kayaking & Cycle,
Fulford Harbour
Guided day, sunset and full moon paddles in addition to rental bikes delivered everywhere.
Phone: (250) 653-4222
Toll Free: 1-866-341-0007

Recreation ~ Marinas

Fulford Harbour Marina, Fulford
#5 - 2810 Fulford Ganges Road
Phone: (250) 537-5711

Ganges Marina, Ganges
161 Lower Ganges Road
Phone: (250) 537-5242
Salt Spring Harbour Authority, Ganges
Government Wharf
Phone: (250) 537-5711
Salt Spring Island Sailing Club, Ganges
152 Douglas Road
Phone: (250) 537-1262
Salt Spring Marina Ltd, Ganges
124 Upper Ganges Road
Phone: (250) 537-5810

Recreation ~ Ocean And Lake Access

 Small boats may be launched on most lakes but gasoline powered engines are not allowed as the lakes provide drinking water. For this reason it is not advisable to bathe, use soap or shampoo in the local waters.

Beddis Beach is by far the most popular beach access. Located at the southernmost end of Beddis Road, this lovely shell beach has parking access, easy launching for kayaks, and great views of Sidney and Portland Islands, as well as the ferry routes. A very relaxing and scenic place to spend an afternoon!
Walker's Hook  is located on the eastern side of the island, bordering on Trincomali Channel. The easiest ocean access is at Fernwood Dock, a government pier perfect for launching small boats and fishing. The beach is shallow and when the tide is out, it makes for great beachcombing. Watch BC Ferries pass by at the south end of the channel, and enjoy the spectacular beauty of arbutus and evergreen trees that rim the beach. The drive on North End Road is particularly spectacular
Salt Spring is known for its many fresh-water lakes, popular swimming spots throughout the summer! St. Mary's Lakeis the largest and a great trout fishing spot. Cusheon Lake is one of the best swimming spots. With its small size, sandy bottom, and large diving dock, it's a favourite for all ages. Blackburn Lake is one the smallest and warmest, fed by underwater springs. Stowell Lake near Fulford and can be quite warm in summer.


Recreation ~ Pool

The Rainbow Road Indoor Pool opened in May 2008. In addition, there is a large hot tub. Part of the pool opens up onto an enclosed sunny patio. There are community programs such as Aquafit, Swim Team, Red Cross lessons; CPR, First Aid, National Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor Training and a  Swim Club.

Pool hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Adult admission is $5 (monthly pass $55) and children are $3 (monthly pass $33).

Contact 250 537-1402 for information.

Recreation ~ Tennis

You do not have to be a member of the Salt Spring Island Tennis Club to enjoy Salt Spring’s tennis courts! Several courts are located at Portlock Park opposite the movie theatre, including one court which is usable year round – thanks to the "tennis bubble" and nightly floodlights. Two public courts are also located at Fulford, just behind the firehall.