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Salt Spring Island is the largest and most visited of Canada’s Gulf Islands - a lush, tree-swept archipelago scattered between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. Salt Spring’s forests and mountains are cut through by dozens of twisting, turning hiking trails, and there are plenty of mountain biking and kayaking opportunities on the island, too. But it’s not all about outdoor adventure - Salt Spring’s quaint towns are rich with artistic hubs and niche boutiques.

Things to see

If you’re keen to get out and explore the flower-flecked fields, deep green woods, and rocky mountains of Salt Spring Island, then start your morning with a revitalizing hike. There are many trails to choose from - those after an invigorating, hard-going hike should head to Mt Tuam or Bruce Peak - the island’s 2 highest points - where you’ll be rewarded with crystal-clear views across the shimmering, sapphire Gulf. For a more relaxed morning, visit Ruckle Provincial Park, on the island’s eastern shore. Here, you’ll find designated wildlife spotting areas, and even windsurfing opportunities down by the beach. Spend your afternoon ambling around the island’s main marina town of Ganges. This village-like community holds a sprawling outdoor market every Saturday throughout summer, selling fresh produce, crafts, and local artwork. Culture-lovers should visit Artspring, the community arts center, which provides an ever-changing gallery space, and a theater that showcases ballet and concerts.

Hotels in Salt Spring Island

There are a range of hotels in Salt Spring Island which suit travelers of all budgets and tastes. Those seeking stress-free cheap accommodation should stay in a 2-star hotel, where you’ll benefit from spacious rooms and handy amenities like free WiFi and parking. For something a little more special, stay in a 3-star Salt Spring Island hotel. Here, you can relax in warmly-lit bar lounges, and dine at the in-house restaurants, which serve a mix of local and international cuisine. There are a couple of luxury 4-star hotels in Salt Spring Island, which boast tranquil grounds and sublime spa services, ideal for that special getaway.

Where to stay

While Ganges has a sleepy small town vibe, it’s the most populous area on the island, and acts as its cultural, shopping, and nightlife hub. This family-friendly town is an ideal place to stay with the kids, or for those on a romantic holiday. Book a guided kayaking expedition from Ganges in the day, and indulge at its restaurants and wine bars in the quiet evening. There are also campsites that border Ganges - perfect for a summer family getaway - while nature-enthusiasts after unforgettable Gulf views should stay in the shore-side Ruckle Park campgrounds.

How to get to Salt Spring Island

You can reach Salt Spring Island by air or ferry, but either way you’ll need to fly to Vancouver International Airport first. This buzzing center of international travel serves year-round direct flights to and from top destinations across the US, Europe, and Asia. From Vancouver Airport, you have 2 options. Either take a taxi or bus to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal - 30 kilometers away - and catch a ferry to Long Harbour on Salt Spring, or take a tiny propeller plane from Vancouver to Ganges. To explore the island, there’s a limited bus service, and many uncrowded cycle paths.