Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring is the largest and most populated of the Gulf Islands with three ferry terminals. Fulford Harbour and Vesuvius ferries sail to Vancouver Island, while the Long Harbour terminal serves ferries to Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, and the other Gulf Islands. Frequent daily sailings from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Long Harbour, and from Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island to Fulford Harbour.
From Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo, drive to Crofton Ferry Terminal - Vesuvius, Salt Spring. Frequent sailings daily.
Schedules and rates can be found on-line at http://www.bcferries.com
Ganges and Fulford Harbours offer good facilities for boaters and transportation on the Island includes cycles, auto rentals, taxis, water taxis, seasonal bus service and scooter rentals. Fulford Village, located at the southwest end of the island, is known for its friendly village atmosphere; spectacular sunsets, warm swimming beaches and inspiring trails.
Other activities such as camping, golf, tennis, birdwatching or horseback riding are available, as well as touring the Saturday morning markets and many quaint retail shops. Sunshine and scenery make Salt Spring an artist's paradise and the Island's galleries and craft studios feature a variety of works from internationally renowned artists including residents Carol Evans and Robert Bateman.
Accommodations include over 75 bed & breakfasts, hotel, motels and cabin resorts. Dining ranges from vegetarian and pub fare to fine dining and gourmet coffee houses.
to do on Salt Spring Island:
Kayak from sunrise to sunset. Salt Spring Island has been chosen by Canoe & Kayak magazine editors as one of its top paddling locations. In the August issue Salt Spring is described as a paddler's paradise - for beginners to the more advanced and notes that kayakers can become one with marine life like porpoise, seal and otters. Various outlets offer equipment and kayaking excursions.
There are many lakes for fishing, sailing, wind surfing, or canoeing. Fish in freshwater lakes for trout or cutthroat. Salmon, halibut and cod reward salt water anglers.
Explore sunken wrecks at Princess Margaret Marine Park, one of several excellent diving locations accessible by boat.
Salt Spring is one of the regions most popular cycling destinations however cyclists should be prepared to ride on narrow, winding roads, many of which do not have shoulders. A recommended route is from Fulford Harbour to Ruckle Provincial Park. Stop to pick berries, birdwatch or enjoy tempting treats at the various honor stands on the Island.
Ruckle Park has spectacular, ocean-side campsites although services are minimal. Campsites also can be found at Mouat Park with bicycle repair and rental services in Ganges, the largest commercial centre on the Island.
Shop in Ganges at Artcraft, the summer-long arts and crafts fair, and quaint retail shops and galleries.
in the Park" takes place every Saturday from April to October,
8am to 4pm - rain or shine in Centennial Park, at the heart of Ganges.
There is something here for everyone; the market is filled with the
colors and flavors of more than 100 vendors of all types and ages.
Theatre and live entertainment can be found year round.
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