18 Top Things to Do on Salt Spring Island

From hiking, kayaking and beachcombing to a vibrant arts-and-crafts scene, Salt Spring is an idyllic place for an island holiday. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Canada, actually!

By way of background, Salt Spring is one of the Gulf Islands. It lies between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia (in Canada).

Salt Spring has a population of about 11,000 – and it’s long been a sanctuary for painters, sculptors and other artists.

Bicycle around Salt Spring Island

It’s a marvel that “regular” bicyclists manage the ups and downs of the island. Salt Spring is so hilly, we doubt we would have tried going for a ride without the assist of these electric bicycles.



Stroll around Ganges

The quaint village of Ganges is the main town on Salt Spring Island, located on the east side of the island. Ganges is a charming place to lazily pass the time.


Hike up Mount Erskine

The Mount Erskine trail from the end of the Trustees Trail road to the mountain’s summit. (This hike is sometimes called the Trustees Trail or the Juniper Trail.)


Slurp pasta at Auntie Pesto’s

One of the best restaurants in Salt Spring, it features an upgraded glass-walled deck, with a rollout canopy and heat lamps.

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