Salt Spring IslandCanada

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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

This Salt Spring Island chalet 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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (143 reviews)

"Excellent hospitality and very helpful to provide all information. We are new to the island but can access to many locations nearby with the tips"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 4, 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 $189 per night

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! (206 reviews)
Amazing service with beautiful location

"Wonderful room with a beautiful view of the harbour. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Everything you need within walking distance. Definitely recommend and would go back in a heartbeat!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

Harbour House Hotel
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 miles (3 km) of Saltspring Marina, Ganges Marina and Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre. Salt Spring ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (100 reviews)

"Renovated roomy space on the lake. Only drawback is there isn’t a lot of access or beach area. Ocean is 5 minute drive away."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

The Cottages on Salt Spring Island

Reviews of Salt Spring Island


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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


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


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

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Dec 16, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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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