British Columbia Travel Guide
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Travelers on bikes, by foot or automobile arrive at Salt Spring Island by one of three vehicle ferry docks. The Fulford Harbour dock welcomes visitors who are on route via southern Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula in Victoria. From Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour passengers can observe the beautiful open water passageways between the islands and the surrounding sea life. The dense green forested islands and the blue waters are described as the northern version of the San Juan Island. Salt Spring Island is part of the Gulf Island chain. By air the views are amazing!

If visitors arrive on foot or by bicycle a local taxi service can take you further into Salt Spring. Otherwise if you are not in a rush or return from your day trip, the little shops and restaurant that are right next to the pier are perfect ways to spend time. By vehicle, travelers can visit the large parks, farms, local artist studios and refuel when necessary.

Population: 1,200


The presence of First Nations aboriginals visiting the island is recorded to date back over 5,000 years. The main populated area was Fulford Harbour by the seasonal residents the HwnJ'nuts people.

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 20 degrees Celsius
Winter average 7 degrees Celsius


Fulford Harbour Accommodations

Fulford Harbour Things to Do

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Fulford Harbour