Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your Perfect Salt Spring Island Getaway! Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Things to Do The buzz is growing about Canada's most unique vacation destination - Salt Spring Island! Featured in The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, don't miss your opportunity to experience a place unlike anywhere on earth! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while planning your adventure >> Market Days | Visit our famous markets! The Saturday Market runs Easter Weekend to the last weekend of October! Also, check out the Tuesday Farmer's Market for mouthwatering local produce. Sip & Savor | Are you a Foodie? Come hungry and enjoy a taste of Salt Spring! Visit three vineyards, a cidery, two cheese works and sample locally made preserves and baked goods - pack the perfect Salt Spring Island picnic with only locally sourced goodies - it won't be hard... only difficult to choose! Our Picks: Salt Spring Island Cheese - Salt Spring Island Ales - Salt Spring Wild Cider - Mistaken Identity Vineyards - Garry Oaks Winery - Mistaken Identity Vineyards - Natureworks - Green Zero Waste Grocery Fabulous Farmstands | Aside from it's markets, Salt Spring Island is well known for its numerous farmstands dotted along the roadsides offering three egg varieties (quail, chicken and duck), baked goods, flower arrangements, seasonal fruits and vegetables and more! Take a drive and explore them all - keep an eye out for signs along the road pointing you to far flung farms off the beaten path! Our Picks: North End Farm - Ruckle Farm - Night Owl Farm Great Eats | Tantalize your taste buds at our local eateries! Dining is an adventure with your choice of quaint restaurants or cool food trucks offering dishes for every craving! Our Picks: Tree House Cafe - House Piccolo - Hastings House - El Loco Taco - Sushi 2 Go - Rock Salt Restaurant Sweet Treats | Indulge your sweet tooth with oodles of locally made goodies found at the Saturday Market or in stores! The hard part will be stopping yourself from going back for seconds! Our Picks: Harlans - Saltspring Fruitsicles - Glad's - Chocolate Beach Morning Pick Me Up | Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you need to forgo your morning cup of joe! No chain coffee shops here - pick out the prefect brew (may we suggest a Canadiano?), grab a seat and watch the world turn! Our Picks: Barbs Buns - Salt Spring Coffee - TJ Beans - Rock Salt Cafe Namaste | Take the opportunity to try out something new during your stay on Salt Spring - visit one of the Islands many yoga centers or sign up for a week long retreat, take in a spa treatment, book yourself a massage or learn more about alternative health from practitioners across the Island. Hike It | Explore over a hundred kilometres of trails ranging in difficulty and length! Visit our Hiking on Salt Spring Island page to pick the perfect hike from quiet beaches to amazing vistas! Our Picks: Mount Maxwell - Mount Erskine - Ruckle Provincial Park - Channel Ridge - Reginald Hill Bask on a Beach | Kick back and relax on a secluded beach offering spectacular views of the Salish Sea and shoreline. Enjoy a sunrise or a sunset, collect pretty pebbles, admire tidal creatures or go for a refreshing swim! Our Picks: Arbutus Beach - Zach Beach - Price Beach - Beddis Beach - Yeo Beach Natural Wonders | See why Salt Spring Island is a special place ecologically as well as culturally - learn about the rhodonite mines, visit protected spaces and explore the region's rare Garry Oak as well as other sensitive ecosystems. Pedal or Paddle | Explore Salt Spring Island by land or water, by bike or boat! Pedal your way across the Island and enjoy spectacular vistas or rent a kayak or paddle board and explore the calm waters of Ganges harbour and beyond. Music & Entertainment | The Isle of the arts is a fantastic place to experience a range of entertainment, from theater to films (check out our little local theater, The Fritz) to prestigious guest speakers and of course, music! From children to popular artists to over 100 consecutive days of music at the Tree House Cafe and the eclectic Pitchfork Social, there is something for everyone! Amazing Festivals & Events | Don't miss a single event by keeping tabs on our Upcoming Events list, our monthly blog articles or, subscribe to our monthly newsletter! Our Picks: Salt Spring Film Festival - Salt Spring Easter Art Tour - Saturday Market - Canada Day - Fall Fair - Apple Festival - Christmas on Salt Spring Galleries Galore | Famous for it's artisans, Salt Spring Island is a mecca of galleries showcasing amazing artists and their various mediums. There is something for everyone, from immense outdoor sculptures to delicate wool art and divine pottery! Our Picks: Artcraft - Wintercraft - Gallery 8 - Duthie Gallery - Jill Louise Campbell Art Gallery Studio Tours | What's Salt Spring without it's unique studios scattered throughout the Island? Visit Salt Spring Studio Tour to plan your journey from incredible art to edible delights be sure to visit local artisans and experience Salt Spring Island at its finest! Our Picks: Salt Spring Tweed - Sacred Mountain Lavender - The Glass Foundry Great Reads | There is nothing quite like picking out an old favourite (or a new literary adventure) to enjoy outside in the sun, on a pretty beach or in front of a roaring fire. Our Picks: Blacksheep Books - Salt Spring Books Be Our Guest | Check out unique accommodations - be sure to book early as they fill up fast for the summer months! Our Picks: Cozy Woodpecker Cottage - The Love Shack - Cedar Beach Resort Weird & Wonderful | Don't miss the quirky side of Salt Spring when you come over - look out for the shoe tree along Beaver Point Road near Ruckle Park, spot the Fairy Doors along the trail to the top of Mount Erskine, explore Mouat Park in Ganges to see the unique Forest Tikis, and, don't miss some of the hilariously named places found across the Island including 'Otter Limits' and the Dr. Seuss inspired farmstand sign! How to Get Here | Island by nature, you'll need a little help to get here - hop onto one of three ferries to arrive by foot, bike or car at Fulford (via Swartz Bay), Vesuvius (via Crofton) or Long Harbour (via Tsawwassen or the other Southern Gulf Islands). You can also fly in via Float Plane into Ganges Harbour! Gateway to the Gulf Islands | Fancy a day trip? Check out the BC Ferries schedule for Long Harbour which connects Salt Spring to our southern neighbours or hop aboard a Gulf Islands Water Taxi which offers a Saturday summer service to Mayne and Galiano Islands. Experience the Gulf Islands and visit the amazing spaces and people who call these special places home.