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Salt Spring Island

Travel Guide
Salt Spring Island which includes tranquil scenes as well as an individual male

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.

Where to stay in Salt Spring Island

Harbour House Hotel
Harbour House Hotel
3 out of 5
121 Upper Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
The price is $186 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
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! (279 reviews)
"The hotel was exceptional. The staff went above and beyond. I was very pleased with everything at the hotel. Cant say enough about the staff. An amazing group of people"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

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 mi (3 km) of Saltspring Marina, Ganges Marina, and Saint Mary Lake. Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (151 reviews)
"Beautiful area and modern suites. Comfortable beds and we were happy to have 3 bathrooms. Cons were that all of the dishes were dirty and so were the inside of the cupboards. Floors were also very dirty. We were told to arrive later/check out earlier than our reservation said so they could had longer ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
Mineral Springs Resort
Mineral Springs Resort
2.5 out of 5
1460 North Beach Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
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! (183 reviews)
"The resort units are cascaded so each one is overlooking the ocean with a nice open space in front of the cabins. This creates an enjoyable, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The cabins are clean and a very good size (we had the two story) and provides most things you need for your stay. The units have ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Mineral Springs 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.
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! (151 reviews)
"Beautiful area and modern suites. Comfortable beds and we were happy to have 3 bathrooms. Cons were that all of the dishes were dirty and so were the inside of the cupboards. Floors were also very dirty. We were told to arrive later/check out earlier than our reservation said so they could had longer ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

The Cottages on Salt Spring Island
Mineral Springs Resort
Mineral Springs Resort
2.5 out of 5
1460 North Beach Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
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! (183 reviews)
"The resort units are cascaded so each one is overlooking the ocean with a nice open space in front of the cabins. This creates an enjoyable, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The cabins are clean and a very good size (we had the two story) and provides most things you need for your stay. The units have ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Mineral Springs Resort
Cusheon Lake Resort
Cusheon Lake Resort
3 out of 5
171 Natalie Lane, Salt Spring Island, BC
Nestled on the beach, this Salt Spring Island cabin is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Cusheon Lake and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Lake Weston. Fulford Harbour Terminal and Ganges ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)
"great location, close to many things, but also lots to do on the property. Beautiful peaceful setting."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 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.

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