Activities on Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring offers a wide range of activities. Popular recreational activities include scenic country drives and hikes, golf, tennis, boating, fishing, cycling, swimming, hang-gliding, kayaking and canoeing. Shopping includes the busy outdoor Saturday Market plus various art galleries, both in town and via home tours, as well as clothing, souvenir and gift shops in Ganges. Entertainment includes weekend music and song at a variety of pubs, restaurants and ArtSpring, the island’s performing arts centre.
Every Saturday, April through to October, Ganges Centennial Park is host to the famous Saturday Market, where local artisans offer their works and products.
The performing arts centre on Salt Spring, known as ArtSpring, displays art exhibits and has a 255-seat theatre for musicals and other entertainment.
During the summer, Salt Spring features an artists’ studio tour at various “in-home” studios around the island. Come take a self-guided tour of your choice of 42 diverse and fascinating artisans’ studios located throughout beautiful Salt Spring Island. You will meet the individual artists right where they live and create the special products that have earned our island its unique reputation. You’ll find everything from fine art to folk art, from wood bowls to baskets, from jam to jewelry.
ARTCRAFT is an annual summer-long exhibition and sale from the artisans and artists of the Gulf Islands — a professional quality show that includes unique hand crafted works of interest to all ages and budgets.
Salt Spring is fast becoming known for its wines and ice wines. There are three wineries in full operation that offer tours and wine tasting. For details, visit Mistaken Identity, Salt Spring Vineyards or Garry Oaks Winery.
Hiking / Wildlife Observation
There are many walking trails just behind Ganges and more demanding hikes up on Mt. Maxwell or through Beaver Point Provincial Park. Viewpoints provide spectacular vistas of Salt Spring, the surrounding islands and viewing opportunities for wildlife. For hiking information, stop into the Visitor Centre in Ganges or contact SSI Parks & Recreation