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  Sailing Ship Salt Spring   Salt Spring, located just to the east of Vancouver Island, is the largest of the Gulf Islands with an area of about 180sq km and a population of over ten thousand. With the tallest mountains in the region, the largest number of fresh water lakes, dozens of hiking trails, wonderful birding areas and excellent kayaking routes nature lovers are truly in heaven here.  
 

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If you're in pursuit of culture, the island's studio tour is an excellent introduction to the variety of artistic expression available on the island. The performing arts are also well represented with several theater groups, a wealth of musicians and some wonderful venues which range from pubs and small cafes to the islands cultural heart at Artspring.

On Salt Spring you'll find many fine restaurants with offerings ranging from fine French cuisine to west coast fusion. The islands organic produce and locally caught seafood are often showcased. Salt Spring Lamb has an excellent reputation and you'll find it featured on many of the restaurants menus. Casual dining is well represented with patio service available in most establishments during the warmer months.

There are several artisanal cheese makers on the island and their products are excellent. Salt spring has two fine wineries which provide tasting's and tours and has it's own small micro-brewery as well. Finally the local roasting company will sell you a perfectly brewed cup of organic, fair trade coffee that you'll find memorable.

Salt spring has several kayaking outfits which will provide instruction, rent you a boat, or take you on a tour. Less experience paddlers can take advantage of the islands protected harbours (although ferry or boat traffic should be considered, particulary in Ganges Harbour). Seasoned kayakers have a choice of a number of overnight or multi-day trips with a wide variety of destinations including the Gulf Islands National Park or one of several Provincial Marine Parks.

Boaters can choose from several marinas and anchorages with Ganges Harbour being the number one destination. Marine services, nautical charts and a full range of amenities are available in the Ganges area. Restaurants and bars crowd the shore and are only a short dinghy ride away. The nearby Gulf Islands National Park and the Provincial Marine Parks have a number of sheltered anchorages as well as public moorage available.

The island has wonderful trails, many of which will take you to overlooks with exceptional views of the surrounding region. There are also less strenuous options ranging from creek side walks to hikes along ocean beaches and cliffs. Ruckle Park has a great network of hiking trails and wonderful camp sites overlooking the water.

Salt Spring is known as a healing place. Several resorts and spas offer a variety of treatments and programs. There are also yoga studios, spiritual retreats, massage therapists and an exceptional health food store.

Getting Here & Getting Around – There are three ferry terminals on the island, Vesuvius, Fulford and Long Harbour, all of which are serviced by BC Ferries. From Tsawwassen (Vancouver/Lower Mainland) you can reach the island by taking the ferry to Long Harbour (some sailings are direct, consult their website for details). The other option is to take the ferry to Swartz Bay (Victoria/Vancouver Island) then catch the connecting ferry to Fulford Harbour (be sure to ask for a through fare when you purchase you're initial ticket - it provides a good discount). From Vancouver island you can take the ferry to Fulford as previously mentioned or you can take the Crofton - Vesuvius (Duncan/Vancouver Island) link located further north on the island. From Salt Spring you can also connect (directly or indirectly (consult the BC Ferries website for route information) with Mayne, Pender and Saturna. Gabriola, Kuper and Thetis (Valdes has no ferry service) are served by separate routes. Inter-island passenger service is also available through Gulf Islands Water Taxi. Several regional airlines service the island as well. Boaters can take advantage of the anchorages in the protected area of Ganges and Fulford harbours as well as a number of other bays and coves around the island. Canada Customs (Canadian Border Service Agency) is located on South Pender Island. Check out their website for information on custom clearance and the CANPASS system. The new Salt Spring transit system launched in 2008, allows you to access a large part of the island without the need for a car. It services all of the Ferry Terminals and the larger villages. The Silver Shadow Taxi Company and Amber Cab provide taxi service on the island.

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