Salt Spring Island BC - largest of the Southern Gulf Islands on Canada's west coast.
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Salt Spring Island, BC

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Centennial Park in Ganges - March 2001Salt Spring Island in British Columbia is the jewel of the Southern Gulf Islands. It is nestled up against the east side of Vancouver Island. Take a look at the maps of Salt Spring Island to see where it is located. Salt Spring Island is about half way between Nanaimo and Victoria, the capital city of BC. The city of Vancouver on the mainland of BC is to the north.

Bear in ResidenceThere are over ten thousand human residents on Salt Spring Island, several thousand sheep and a sizeable deer population. From time to time, a bear is spotted, usually on the south end of the island, and there are also occasional reports of a cougar being seen, sometimes even close to Ganges. It is believed that bears and cougars swim across Sansum Narrows from Vancouver Island. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone, but don't attract them by leaving food or garbage out for them to find! There is far less chance of spotting them on Salt Spring Island than most other places in BC, but keep an eye on children. Don't trip over the deer, though!

Nearby Galiano Island is longer but sparsely populated with only about a thousand permanent residents. Galiano, Mayne and Pender Islands (North & South) are closer to Vancouver and the mainland than Salt Spring Island. Prevost Island is located between Salt Spring and Active Pass, which separates Galiano and Mayne Islands. There are also scores of smaller islands throughout the Southern Gulf Islands. To the south of BC's Gulf Islands are the San Juan Islands in Washington State. They are very similar to the Southern Gulf Islands.

Hyacinths in Centennial Park - March 2001Vancouver Island is bigger than some countries. It lies off the west coast of British Columbia and stretches for some 450 km or so along the coast about a third the length of the entire province. Victoria, the capital of BC, is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River, all along the eastern side of Vancouver Island, are the only other sizeable communities on Vancouver Island except for Port Alberni off to the west of Nanaimo. Ucluelet, Tofino and Long Beach are "must visit" places on the west side of Vancouver Island. Bring your surfboard and your wet suit!

Salt Spring Island has long been known as a very special place in BC. For the population, there are a very large number of artists, sculptors and musicians living here. The community got together and raised funds to build Art Spring a brand new community hall. Many well known musicians, both local and from afar, have performed here already. Even the pubs have a pretty good showing of local talent performing there.

Regularly scheduled bus service commenced on Salt Spring Island on January 7 2008.

For your stay on Salt Spring Island, give Tom and Judy a call at Cusheon Lake Resort. It's a very special place, right on the shore of Cusheon Lake, about half way between Ganges and Fulford Harbour.

If you are a part of any community organization or club that would like to share public information on this site, don't hesitate to drop us a line by email, and of course, don't forget to ask your friends to drop by this site too! Text links to local businesses can be placed on the Business Listings page at (so far) no charge. Paid advertising will be considered. Articles about public events such as Sea Capers, the Fall Fair (2012 is the 117th time the Fall Fair has been held since 1896!), art shows and musical performances are especially welcome. If you are from out of town and haven't been able to find what you are looking for about Salt Spring Island on this site or elsewhere (see our Business Listings page first!), send your request by email, and within reason / time permitting, we will see what we can dig up.

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