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Salt Spring Island
Travel Guide

Travel the length of Salt Spring Island and find woodland walks, picturesque beaches and thrilling adventure sports options.

Life moves at a different pace on Salt Spring Island. The forested landmass just off the coast of Vancouver Island demands that you slow down to appreciate its beauty. Boutique shops and bustling markets dominate the towns, while the wilderness hides wildlife and walking trails. Escape from the bustle of everyday life and embrace the sense of peacefulness that characterizes this idyllic destination.

Step into the venerable halls of the Bittancourt House Museum. This fascinating 19th-century house documents the farming history of the island. See a large-scale model of the HMS Ganges, a military ship that sailed the Pacific during the 1850s.

Explore the village of Ganges, where you’ll find many of the businesses on the island. Watch boats bobbing in the pretty harbor of Centennial Wharf and admire the nautical mural that adorns a buoy at the entrance.

Haggle with traders at one of the island’s famous Saturday Markets. These take place between March and October and offer everything from locally grown vegetables to intricate artisan jewelry. Most items sold here have usually been made or grown by the people selling them.

Take camping gear to the island and spend some time out in the great outdoors. Pitch your tent in Ruckle Provincial Park beside 4 miles (7 kilometers) of spectacular coastline, where you may spot sea lions frolicking in the water. Hike around the little-populated coast to find your own secluded spot of shoreline.

If you want more excitement, Salt Spring Island can provide that too. Rent kayaks and launch them into the ocean to explore the island’s coastline. The slopes of the island’s rolling interior are well suited to cyclists looking for demanding but rewarding routes to pedal along.

Ferries to Salt Spring Island run from the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Rent a car to explore Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Gulf Islands. Don’t worry about traffic; even the main roads here are still quiet, winding countryside routes.

Top Hotels in Salt Spring Island

Mineral Springs Resort
Mineral Springs Resort
2.5 out of 5
1460 North Beach Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
The price is CA $220 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This Salt Spring Island cabin is on the beach, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Ganges Marina and Crofton ...

4.2/5Excellent! (175 reviews)

"This is a fabulous location and property. Beautiful cabins, wonderful staff, the view is breathtaking, especially watching the ocean in front of a blazing fireplace. So relaxing, comfortable bed, and terrific mineral hot tub. Comfortable for 2"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 31, 2020

Mineral Springs Resort
Harbour House Hotel
Harbour House Hotel
3 out of 5
121 Upper Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
The price is CA $125 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saltspring Marina, Ganges Marina, and Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre. Salt Spring Saturday ...

4.3/5Excellent! (235 reviews)
great stay, Again.

"Harbour house is a great place to stay. Very clean, friendly service, and a very comfortable bed. We upgraded to a Harbour view. IT was a wonderful view to wake up to."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

Harbour House Hotel
Cusheon Lake Resort
Cusheon Lake Resort
3 out of 5
171 Natalie Lane, Salt Spring Island, BC
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This Salt Spring Island cabin is on the beach, 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Cusheon Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fulford Harbour Terminal and Ganges Marina. Saltspring ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (100 reviews)

"Awesome management team, very welcoming, hospitable and accommodating. Cables paddle boards and hot tub avail for use! Fun time with kids at the cabin!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 4, 2021

Cusheon Lake Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Salt Spring Island

Cusheon Lake Resort
Cusheon Lake Resort
3 out of 5
171 Natalie Lane, Salt Spring Island, BC

This Salt Spring Island cabin is on the beach, 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Cusheon Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fulford Harbour Terminal and Ganges Marina. Saltspring ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (100 reviews)

"Awesome management team, very welcoming, hospitable and accommodating. Cables paddle boards and hot tub avail for use! Fun time with kids at the cabin!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 4, 2021

Cusheon Lake Resort
Mineral Springs Resort
Mineral Springs Resort
2.5 out of 5
1460 North Beach Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
The price is CA $220 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This Salt Spring Island cabin is on the beach, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Ganges Marina and Crofton ...

4.2/5Excellent! (175 reviews)

"This is a fabulous location and property. Beautiful cabins, wonderful staff, the view is breathtaking, especially watching the ocean in front of a blazing fireplace. So relaxing, comfortable bed, and terrific mineral hot tub. Comfortable for 2"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 31, 2020

Mineral Springs Resort
The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
3.5 out of 5
315 Robinson Road, Salt Spring Island, BC

Situated in Salt Spring Island, this cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of Saltspring Marina, Ganges Marina, and Saint Mary Lake. Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (136 reviews)

"Cozy cottage with comfy beds and plenty of hot water"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2021

The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Salt Spring Island

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Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2020

Beautiful beaches and the hiking is excellent. I found the locals to be .... snobby? Uppity? Whatever it is in general they aren’t overly friendly. But we had a great time exploring and enjoying the beautiful weather.

5/5 - Excellent

Corinne

Mar 15, 2020

Salt Spring Island is a fun and funky place to visit. Lots of great choices for food and accommodation as well as lots to do and see. Highly recommend it.

5/5 - Excellent

JanL

Feb 22, 2020

We really enjoyed Ruckle Provincial Park. There are soooo many art studios etc to visit, so if that is your thing then this is the place! Lots of organic foods and farm to fork options. And a gluten free bakery! Fun island!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 16, 2019

Salt Spring Island is such a mystical place. It will fill your soul

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 4, 2019

Salt spring island is a perfect getaway place! Highly recommended.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 24, 2019

lots of shops and artisans to see. The island could use more eating establishments.

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