Deciding where to live on the island can be a tough choice. As well as finding your perfect home, there are other factors to take into account - like distance to schools, town/shops and stores, gas stations, ferry terminals and bus routes. This page details the facilities available in each of the main villages/communities.

About our Villages

Ganges Village

Ganges is centrally located on the east side of the island. It's the main town on Salt Spring Island with a great selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.

  • There is a Thrifty's supermarket in the central plaza in town, as well as a Country Grocer in the "Upper Village". In addition, Natureworks on the Fulford Ganges Road is a small "green" supermarket, and health store.
  • There are many restaurants and cafes, two marinas and parks to enjoy - the largest of which is Mouat's Park which features a disc golf course, cuts through to Rainbow Road near the swimming pool and is also a popular dog-walking spot.
  • Heading out of town on Rainbow Road, Ganges has a High School, Middle School and Elementary School - and the swimming pool.
  • We have a brand new library which is also a popular meeting spot, and 3 banks - the Island Savings Credit Union (technically a credit union not a bank!), CIBC and BMO.
  • The 2 gas stations on island are in Ganges - one on Rainbow Road and the other on the main Fulford Ganges Road through town.
  • There are 2 pharmacies in Ganges centre - a Pharmasave on the Fulford Ganges Road and Salt Spring Pharmacy in Grace Point Square.
  • The Post Office is opposite Thrifty's in the central plaza.
  • There are 2 liquor stores in Ganges centre - found in Grace Point Square (BC liquor store), and a private liquor store right on Lower Ganges Road¬†(opposite Salt Spring Inn).
  • ArtSpring - the community's performing arts centre - is found at the back of Ganges, nestled against Mouats Park.
  • Also found at the back of town is a helpful auto-parts store.

Ganges "Upper Village"

The "Upper Village" is just outside of Ganges - a minute by car, and a few minutes on foot.

  • The island's only hospital is a short way down Crofton road, opposite the upper village complex.
  • Connected to Ganges by Lower Ganges Road, the "Upper Village" main complex is anchored by the Country Grocer supermarket.
    Locals Tip: Some locals still refer to Country Grocer by locals by it's former abbreviated name - GVM.
  • Also in the upper village is the Return-it Depot (for recycling your empties), a second Pharmasave, a Benjamin Moore store, private liquor store and small garbage drop-off business.
  • There are other smaller complexes with a diner, offices, Penny's bakery, optical store and more.
  • The Salt Spring Legion and RCMP Station is kitty corner to Country Grocer.

Fulford Village

Fulford village is located in the south end of the island. It has a few lovely gift stores, small grocery store and is the hub for south-enders - also housing the ferry terminal to Victoria on Vancouver Island.

  • The Salt Spring Mercantile serves as a grocery and take-away snack store for locals and tourists alike.
  • There is Rock Salt Restaurant and two cafes - Rock Salt Cafe and Morningside Organic Bakery and Cafe.
  • As well as the great clothes and gift shops, you'll also find a bike shop, art gallery or two and a little dock to soak up some sunshine.
  • There is also a small Post Office which can be useful!
  • Fulford is where you catch the ferry to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and from there you can head to Sidney, Victoria or catch a connection to Tsawwassen in Vancouver.

Kristine-Vesuvius-Store-SMVesuvius

Vesuvius is located about one third from the top of the island on the west side. It's one of the sunniest spots on the island with a popular west-facing beach.

  • There is the Seaside Restaurant to get some great fish and chips and The Vesuvius Store (pictured) for a great cup of coffee, tea or snack and essentials.
  • There used to be a pub at the end of the Vesuvius Bay Road, and every so often there is talk of it being revived!
  • Vesuvius is also where you catch a ferry to Crofton. From there you can head to Nanaimo and a connecting ferry to Horseshoe Bay, explore Duncan, Cowichan Bay and the rest of Vancouver Island.

Fernwood

Fernwood is a popular spot in the north-east of the island, centering around The Fernwood Cafe.

  • The Fernwood Cafe is the epi-centre of Fernwood, situated on the corner of Walkers Hook and Fernwood Roads.
  • Fernwood Dock and Beach are opposite The Fernwood Cafe and are a popular spot.
  • Fernwood Elementary School is just down the road from The Fernwood Cafe.
  • The Salt Spring Spa and Resort is found just north of Fernwood on North Beach Road (Walkers Hook Road turns into North Beach Road at Fernwood Road).
  • There used to be Raven Street Market Cafe (restaurant & local grocery store) next door to the Fernwood cafe - we're waiting to see who buys the business and what happens next!