Welcome To Salt Spring Island!


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Facts & Figures

Salt Spring is the largest and most populated of all the gulf islands, with eighty three miles of breathtaking shoreline, sixteen pristine parks, eleven crystal clear lakes, majestic mountains, three villages and two challenging golf courses, all in one island paradise.

Size: 185 square kilometers (74 square miles) Population: approximately 12,000
: 135 km (83 miles)
650 km (410 miles)
Annual Sunshine
2,004 hours
Annual Rainfall
: 84 cm (34")
Highest Point: Mount Bruce 2,326 ft.
Farms: 225
Beaches: 22
Where We Were Born*:
-4,155 Province of BC
-3,040 Canada (outside BC)
-1,005 United Kingdom
-410 United States
-400 Western Europe
-170 Asia and Middle East
-80 Eastern Europe
-50 Africa
-35 Australia and Oceania
*Source Statistics Canada

Movie Theatres: 1
Number Of Gumboots: 225 million
Ferry Routes: 3
Median Age: 47.6 years

Salt Spring derives it's name from springs on the north end of the island. Is it Saltspring or is it Salt Spring? It was called Salt Spring Island by the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 1800's. In 1910 The National Geographic Board of Canada tightened it to one word. Local usage leans towards two. The phone book has 48 listings that begin with Salt Spring and a dozen that are Saltspring. The Canada Post Office insisted that it be spelled with one word a few years ago but the protest was so strong that now the post office has thrown up its  hands in resignation and two words are accepted.

Distances from Ganges (pictured at left):

Central 4 km (2.5 mi)
Fernwood 9 km (5.5 mi)
Fulford 14.5 km (9 mi)
Long Harbour 6 km (3.5 mi)
Mount Maxwell Park 11 km (7 mi)
Ruckle Park 23.5 km (14.5 mi)
Beddis Beach 6 km (3.5 mi)
Vesuvius 7.5 km (4.5 mi)


Ganges, the largest center, is located mid-island on the waterfront and is home to an abundance of shops, galleries restaurants. A popular destination for boaters there are several marinas and docks. There are 3 gas stations, 3 banks, and dozens of businesses. It is an easy stroll from one end of town to another within a few minutes with lots to sight see. A landmark mural is on a can buoy (formerly from the Skeena River) marking the entrance to Centennial Park. Orcas have been known to cruise the harbour and seals are usually present. Fishermen make their presence known with their work vessels tied up to the government dark in front of Centennial Park. In summer, live theatre and musical performances may be viewed here. The Saturday market sets up on the main street of Centennial Park where local produce may be purchased and crafts viewed.

How did the village of Ganges get its name? It is named after a British vessel the HMS Ganges that was built in Bombay India, constructed of Malabar teak which was in the Pacific region from 1857-1861 and which visited Salt Spring under Rear Admiral Sir Robert Lambert Baynes. More Salt Spring history may be discovered in the archives downstairs in the Mary Hawkins Library where the Historical Society resides.
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How To Get Here

Uniglobe on Salt Spring Island is a travel agency "across from the visitor center" (the Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce) and  can help with your travel plans. They are at: 1-877-274-4168 or 250 537-55223.
There are three ferry terminals, Fulford, Vesuvius and Long Harbour. Getting to Salt Spring Island is EASY! There are 3 ferry routes using BC Ferries. Also, the float plane is a  fast and fun way to get to Salt Spring.

By Ferries

The ferry routes connecting  to Salt Spring Island are from terminals at Tsawwassen (Vancouver), Schwartz Bay (Victoria),  and Crofton (Vancouver Island). The Schwartz Bay terminal is 10 minutes from the Victoria International Airport. Schedules

From the United States alternate ferry runs include the car/passenger  Blackball Coho Ferry and passenger-only Victoria Express, both of which run from Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State direct to downtown Victoria; the car/passenger Victoria Clipper, which also runs to downtown Victoria; and the car/passenger Washington State Ferries, which run from Anacortes, Washington, to Victoria and Sidney, which is located about 5 minutes south of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.

By Float Planes

Of great convenience are the float plane flying from downtown Vancouver, Vancouver Airport, Victoria and Seattle. Salt Spring's own Salt Spring Air (1-877-537-9880) or 250 537-9880, Harbour Air Seaplanes (1-877-537-9889) or 250 537-5525; Seair Seaplanes  based in Vancouver (1-800-447-3247) and Kenmore Air Seaplanes based in Seattle (1-800-423-5526) are the most popular airlines.

Car Rentals On Salt Spring

Salt Spring Marine, Car & Truck Rentals Ltd.
Phone: (250) 537-5464
Cell: (250) 537-3122

Salt Spring Island Taxis

Amber Cab Company
Phone: (250) 537-3277

Silver Shadow Taxi Ltd.
Phone: (250) 537-3030

Salt Spring Island Transit System

Bus information 250 537-6758. Service within Ganges, Long Harbour, Vesuvius and Fulford. Cash fare $2.00. Children under 5 free. Monthly passes available. Transports people with mobility difficulties. Available for community events. No service on Sundays or high holidays. Spring Island Bus Schedule