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B.C. Travel Regions
The mild climate along with the beautiful natural setting makes Salt Spring ideal for outdoor recreation. With numerous trails on the island, hiking is very popular. Other activities include diving, kayaking, sailing and golf. Explore this page for complete information.
Geared towards children and families, the Apple Festival features displays and tasting of over 100 varieties of apples, theatrical performances, local art, education and the history on apples.
Events lasting a full weekend including music, caroling, pancake feed and a visit from Santa. The Fulford Village merchants have extended hours for your holiday shopping.
Salt Spring Lavender Festival. Sacred Mountain Lavender - 401 Musgrave Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1V5. Phone: 250-653-2315. Local artisans, events and demonstrations featuring lavender.
Terry Fox Run
This annual run has 5km and 10km routes. Bicycling, walking and dogs are permitted.
Gulf Islands National Park. Phone: 250-654-4000; Toll-free: 1-866-944-1744; Fax: 250-654-4014.
Popular activities in Gulf Islands National Park include boating, kayaking, geocaching and hiking trails.
Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
Popular activities in Mount Maxwell include bicycling, hiking and wildlife viewing.
Ruckle Provincial Park. Located in the southeast corner of Salt Spring Island. Phone: 250-539-2115.
Popular activities in Ruckle Park include scuba diving, saltwater fishing, swimming, canoeing, windsurfing, bicycling, 15 km+ of hiking trails including a shorline trail, interpretive programs during summer and wildlife viewing.
Lorenda Sailing. Ganges Harbour, PO Box 473, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2W1. Phone: 250-538-0084.
Spring Studio Tour
Self-guided tour of over 30 art studios. Some studios offer workshop tours, demonstrations plus food and beverage including cheese, wine and bakery items. Free maps are available at the tourism information centers, on ferries, at marinas, hotels and bed and breakfast inns. E-mail
Organization that helps create a safe and healthy environment for non-motorized transportation and recreation. This web site contains updates on the pathways, bike tours, hikes and educational programs.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Hiking the Gulf Islands of British Columbia: Expanded Third Edition 2011 by Charles Kahn. Information includes walks, hikes and paddling suggestions for kayakers, launch sites for each island. At-a-glance information is provided with a five-star rating system for each hiking trail and includes a short description of the hike, length, time required to hike and level of difficulty. Order now...
British Columbia's Best Camping Adventures: Southwestern BC and Vancouver Island by Jayne Seagrave. Jayne's Top 30 List. Avid camper and best-selling author selects 30 of her favorite camping experiences in seven categories with full details of the facilities, nearby amenities, personal observations and amusing anecdotes. Order now...
Frommer's Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands by Chris McBeath. This book has all the information you need to plan a great trip to this four-season destination on Canada's idyllic west coast. This guide has the Frommer's trusted insider perspective, complete with detailed reviews and suggested itineraries. Order now...
British Columbia Road & Recreational Atlas by PTC Phototype Composing Ltd. February 2006, paperback. In this mapbook, you will find small back-roads and logging-roads, lakes, rivers, wildlife, campsites and recreational sites. Order now...
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada by National Geographic and Alan Latourelle. Canada's 42 National Parks are showcased in this first edition official guidebook for the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. This guide has detailed descriptions of specific places within each park as well as information on getting there, when to go and where to stay. Order now...
Discover Canada (Full Color Country Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet. This book is the ideal guide for planning your trip with all the must see sights and must do experiences through images, insider tips, tailored itineraries and east to navigate content. Full colored maps for the country, regions and cities are also included. Order now...
Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies, 5th Edition (Regional Travel Guide) by John Lee. This book is a planning tool featuring easy-to-use maps, pull-out city map, photographs, information on national and regional parks, mountainous road trips plus wineries and breweries. Order now...
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