Salt Spring Island is located on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, which is the traditional land of multiple Indigenous communities, including the Cowichan, Tsawwassen, Tsawout, Malahat and Tseycum. The island population of 11,000 is culturally rich and known for its locally owned businesses, artisan food products, craftspeople, beverage makers, wineries, inns and cottages.
Salt Spring is one of Canada’s premier arts communities. Art works are on display at fine art galleries and studios across the island. It’s also renowned for the bustling Saturday Market, where artisans, farmers and bakers attract hundreds to downtown Ganges from April to October. Farm stands selling organic produce, handcrafted jams, soaps, and pastries dot the island’s winding roads.
From Mount Maxwell take in far-reaching views over the Southern Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. Enjoy a walk among boulders, meadows, forest and a peaceful beach at Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park. Ruckle Provincial Park is a popular camping spot, with many water-view sites, and a network of forest & shoreline trails and a heritage farmstead. Five lakes and a variety of beaches offer ideal swimming and paddling spots.
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