Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
St. Paul's Church
Alfred Ruckle House
Beaver Point Hall
The Marina at Ganges
Akerman Museum & the Old Vesuvius Burial Ground
Saturday Markets in Ganges - end of March to mid October in Centennial Park
Ruckle Provincial Park
Wallace Marine Provincial Park - 18 walk-in campsites
Artisan Studio Tour trail - self-guided, features over 40 artists and their work
The First Nation Coastal Salish have inhabited the island near the southern tip where the Tsawout Band Reserve is located today. Surrounding island tribes such as The Wsanec people of the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan people from the Cowichan Valley frequented Salt Spring Island's shores for its numerous resources.
European (British & Spanish) explorers visited these shores in the 1800's. It wasn't until the 1850's that the first settlers took root when the gold rush ran low. In 1850, a small pool of Black slaves who had purchased their freedom in the USA arrived in hopes to start a new life. Even more settlers arrived of varied home lands; Portugal, Scandinavia and Japan.
In the 1960's & 70's, many young people looking for the care free artisan lifestyle populated the island.
Interestingly, today, it now has the Salt Spring dollar, a currency good only on the island and available for purchase in a few local stores.
Summer average 18 degrees Celsius
Winter average 3 degrees Celsius
Map of Salt Spring Island
Please select from the Salt Spring Island travel directory below to find out more details.