SALT SPRING TOURISM: MEDIA CENTER
20 THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT SALT SPRING ISLAND



1. The Salt Spring Saturday Market runs from April to October, with 140 stallholders selling products that they make, bake or grow on Salt Spring Island. There’s a little piece of island ingenuity in every one-of-a-kind treasure. http://saltspringmarket.com/

2. The secret Friday night Island hop: You can ‘island hop’ on a Friday evenings in summer, taking in one, two or three other Gulf Islands for dinner, cocktails or a stroll, and still return to Salt Spring at night.

3. Do you believe in fairies? You will when you find whimsical fairy doors carved into trees deep in the forest on Mt Erskine.

4. SaltSpringExchange.com is a place to advertise items for sale -Salt Spring Island’s very own CraigsList. Pick up a piano or a pie, and advertise something of your own – free of charge.

5. This largest of the Gulf Islands has a microclimate with 33 inches of rain and 2,004 hours of sunshine each year.

6. Salt Spring Island was originally inhabited by the Coast Salish people; settled by ‘pioneers’ in 1859 when it was named Admiral Island; and adopted the nameSaltspring (or Salt Spring) more recently.

7. Listen for the magical sounds of whale conversation late at night when you’re sitting quietly on a remote beach.

8. Salt Spring has 225 farms, confirming it as one of Canada’s ‘organic’ Meccas.

9. If you’re out on a sunset kayak tour you might see phosphorescence when you run your hand through the water, dancing like fireflies under the surface.

10. Salt Spring Island lamb is perhaps the best lamb you’ll ever taste. It is said to have a slightly salty flavour because of the pastures that soak up the ocean spray.

11. As with most Gulf Islands, garbage removal is at the expense of the residents. Recycling has therefore become a virtual art on Salt Spring, with 96% of garbage repurposed or recycled.

12. The DuthieGallery has introduceda night art gallery in a forest glade, just steps from Ganges Harbour. http://www.duthiegallery.com/

13. The Treehouse Café in Ganges features 125 nights of live music throughout the summer. http://www.treehousecafe.ca/

14. The trademark black sheep leads visitors on a self-driveStudio Tour, with 30 studios, ranging from glassblowers to goldsmiths, from wood turnersto weavers. It is one of Canada’s most extensive Studio tours.http://saltspringstudiotour.com/

15. Salt Spring Island is the only Gulf Island with three different ferry terminals connecting the island with the outside world. Easy to get to but, oh, so hard to leave!

16. On this temperate Gulf Island you can swim, golf, go horseback riding, play tennis, sail, or kayak 365 days a year.

17. Hiking Trail Map: there are hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails on Salt Spring Island. All you need is one hiking map and a pair of boots. http://www.mapofsaltspring.com/map-of-salt-spring-island.html

18. Disc Golf Course: Salt Spring Island has a disc golf subculture (over a dozen courses on the island) as well as a public course at Mouat Park. http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=2088

19. Take a self-guided tour of three ‘island-grown’ wineries and a brewery, with tastings, musical performances and picnic grounds.

20. ArtWalk in Ganges – 29 listings you can reach on foot.


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