About Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring Island has a rich and diverse community, with facilities to meet all your needs.
Arts and Culture
A thriving artistic community that features both visual and performing arts, as well as a healthy community of crafters. A new Arts Center, a Gulf Islands Community Arts Council, and the popular Saturday Market. Many people become engaged in the arts after moving to Salt Spring.
A summer Festival of the Arts brings word-class performances from around the world. The island is home to a few choirs, many musicians and recognized authors. Salt Spring is proud to support the only remaining volunteer-operated library in British Columbia.
There is also a cinema which plays feature films, and there are several video outlets on the island.
A choice of several daycare centers are available in all areas of the island.
Salt Spring is in the Canadian 'Banana Belt" with a moderate, sunny climate, and yes, we do grow bananas here. Plenty of sunshine, and approximately 36 inches. of rainfall per year. The island is a haven for year-round gardeners.
For more information:
- Read an Historical Account of Fruit Growing in the Gulf Islands, by local orchardist Harry Burton.
- Read about gardening in Salt Spring's Banana Belt from local expert "Banana Joe".
- Visit Apple Luscious Organic Orchards for a first-person account of fruit growing on Salt Spring Island
- Visit Salt Spring Seeds and see how many varieties of flowers and foods can be grown year-round.
The Salt Spring medical community includes a hospital with extended care unit and lab., several doctors, physiotherapists, optometrists, alternative practitioners, dentists, massage therapists, two drugstores, and a pharmacy. Medical specialists also visit the island regularly and there is an active home care network in place.
Two golf courses, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and of course, several beaches. Also a extensive array of walking and hiking trails, kayaking opportunities, a bowling alley, archery club, climbing wall, and more. To read more about the natural environment that makes Salt Spring Island such a special place to live, please see the Islands Trust notes.
Many restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from. Several coffee shops, bakeries, a bagel factory.
Five elementary schools for grades 1-5, one middle school, one high school, and many home-schooling families. Also two pre-school programs in place, including a very popular co-operative pre-school.
Salt Spring Island is home to many enthusiastic retirees. Programs exist across the board for those more energetic, and support services are in place for those in need. 'Seniors for Seniors' is a local organization that supports the island seniors in many ways. Grocery stores make deliveries to local seniors and there is a hospice organization for those in need.
Some the the most prevalent island wildlife includes: deer, otters, herons, eagles, quail, and marine mammals. Spring and summer allows us to enjoy the company of hummingbirds at close range. To read more about the preserved wilderness that makes Salt Spring Island such a special place to live, please see the Islands Trust notes above.
The island places of worship welcome those from every denomination. Churches (old and new) are sprinkled across the countryside, and there are many opportunities for those who follow non-traditional spiritual practices.
Yacht Clubs & Marinas
Ganges Harbour accommodates two marinas and two government docks. There is an active Salt Spring Sailing Club, and an outpost station for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.