Saltspring Island Travel Guide

  • The scenery is fantastic.
    The scenery is fantastic.
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  • Taken from the top deck of the ferry from  Crofton
    Taken from the top deck of the ferry...
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  • Lovely water view from the ferry.
    Lovely water view from the ferry.
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Saltspring Island Things to Do

  • Fulford harbour.

    Fulford harbour is the point of entry for most people cause the ferry from Vancouver island docks there.It's a pleasant little village with spread out houses and a couple of nice cafes.You have a local pub too if you feel like having some of the exceellent micro brew from Saltspring.Back in the old days Fulford harbour was very much populated by...

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  • Bring Money

    And expect very little, unless you are VERY well off. Then you will be welcomed. This island ...is a cr*p hole of the world. A snotty rude backwater, only for rich tourists with the blinkers on. This is the type of private p@ss hole that should be eradicated. Cold unfriendly, anti-music and art ...and those are NOT hippies. they are just welfare...

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  • Market In The Park

    If you are on Salt Spring on a saturday, between the months of April and October, you must visit the local Market in the Park.The market has locally produced wares from local artists, craftsmens, farmers amd food porducers.Do not miss Lorraine's kitchen. Buy a Dough Boy and sample Lorraines homemade jams and chutneys.

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Saltspring Island Hotels

  • Hastings House

    160 Upper Ganges Rd, Ganges, V0S 1E0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Harbour House Hotel

    121 Upper Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, V8K 2S2, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Cedar Beach Resort

    1136 North End Road, Salt Spring Island, V8K 1M1, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Saltspring Island Restaurants

  • Funky bohemian restaurant with a view!

    The Treehouse (South) is one of two Treehouse restaurants in Saltspring Island - this one located at Fulford Harbour. Located in a spatious house overlooking the harbour, the Treehouse (South) is both a coffee house and full sit-down restaurant. The fruit smoothies are the best! I had their strawberry smoothie, which is blended with milk and...

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  • Tree House Cafe

    Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner right in the heart of Ganges Village, Saltspring. Cool setting. Music on weekends. Fully licensed. Patio. Healthy, good food - rice bowls, salads, smoothies, coffees, burgers, prawns. Average prices. Open early.

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  • Saltspring Island Hotels

    7 Hotels in Saltspring Island

Saltspring Island Transportation

  • Take the ferry to Saltspring

    The most common way of getting to Saltspring is to take the ferry from Scharwz Bay on Vancouver Island.The trip is a very beautiful ride ending up in the bay at Fulford Harbour.It's a 35 minute ride and the ferry runs 7-8 times a day.

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  • Hitch hike.

    Hitch hiking is totally accepted among all citizens of Saltspring because the busses are very infrequent and quite a few people have no car.Forget about your usual paranoia and stick out your thumb, just like the little school gorl and old grannies do on saltspring.You won't be considerd weird at all for doing so.

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  • Not a lot of options here!

    Please note that there is NO public transportation on the island. You will have to either drive, or rely on taxis (which is not really feesible and will get expensive)

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Saltspring Island Shopping

  • Buy art.

    Saltspring Island has a big artist community and galleries are all around the island.If you like arty farty lifestyle then this is mekka for you.It's just a matter of shopping around untill you find what you are looking for. Art.

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  • Buy fish.

    The local fish store in Ganges is worth visiting.It's run by very responsible people worth supporting and they have very nice fish there.It dosen't hurt that it's located in a nice building too. fish. What they ask.

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  • Eating cheese next to the cows that make...

    Moonstruck Organic Cheese is a small cheese farm owned and operated by two locals who take great pride in the cheese they make. Unlike the more famous cheese farms on Salt Spring that use goat's milk, Moonstruck only uses the organic milk of purebread free range Jersey cows. And it's great! When you drive up to the farm, you can go right up to the...

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Saltspring Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by unigirl Written Dec 8, 2006

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    Several people have died falling off of Mount Maxwell, and in other ways across the island. Use common sense when on the island. While it is beautiful, the rugged terrain can be dangerous. There have been many deaths from falling, drowning, and other ways. Needless to say, try not to get drunk anywhere near the wilderness!

    Keep back!  Photo is just an illusion!
    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Water Sports

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Saltspring Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking is awesome!

    There are SO MANY places to hike on Salt Spring Island. In fact, if you like to hike, you could probably go every day for a month and not see the same place twice!! There is no point listing them, since you can hike anywhere! However, be sure to be prepared, and try to let someone know where you are going in case something happens to you! A good...

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  • Kayaking around the islands

    This is a wonderfully fun and serene way to see the islands that surround Salt Spring. Whether you're new (like we were) or seasoned, there is something for everyone. Island Escapades is a great company, and the staff is fantastic! We were luck to have perfect kayaking conditions in late October - clear and crisp air, calm waters, and not another...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Saltspring Island Favorites

  • Laundry and hot showers.

    At mrs clean in ganges you have both laundry facilities and also hot showers.It's very useful as most campsites on Saltspring has no shower facilities.It's located right by the harbour in Ganges.Just ask for directions and you'll find it.

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  • Saltspring has fine wine.

    When i cycled around Saltspring i was asked one day if i could give them a hand with the local grape picking and of course i just loved that idea.After doing that i just had to try the local wine and it's highly recommended.The Saltspring wine is mainly whitewine and i was suprised to see such good quality wine so far north.

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