If you want to live and work on Salt Spring you've come to the right place! Here you'll find a laid back community of creative enterprising folks from all walks of life who enjoy living in a small, rural community surrounded by natural beauty. With 10,000 inhabitants, Salt Spring has attracted a diverse population of individuals and families who come here to live and work. Here are more insights on living and working on Salt Spring Island.
Many live on Salt Spring to get away from the hustle and bustle, to find community, balance and a place to call their own.
Here natural vistas invite escape to the lakes, forests, mountains, and the ocean. Serene settings from which to take a bike excursion, paddle in a canoe or kayak.
Visitors find farm stands dotted along the roadways that still use the honour system; discover art and culture, on the studio tour, in art galleries, attending theatre in the park, or visiting ArtSpring where the Metropolitan Opera is live streamed; or by enjoying grass roots live music at the Pitch Fork Social.
Art lovers experience the best in Canadian visual art at the biennial Salt Spring National Art Prize Exhibition (SSNAP), while health enthusiasts renew body and soul through retreats and workshops offered by a variety of healing centres located on the island, including the Salt Spring Centre.
The Salt Spring Forum brings engaging speakers, from Conrad Black to David Suzuki. And active seniors bring a wealth of life experiences to sectors like sustainability, tourism, and agriculture.
On Salt Spring, people of all ages participate in all walks of island life, and actively engage in creating their island home.
Salt Spring’s entrepreneurial and independent vibe is reflected in its workforce and throughout all economic sectors. Islanders are always finding new and exciting ways to conduct business on and from Salt Spring. Easy access to knowledgeable resources and reliable business services including high-speed Internet, legal, insurance, and financial services, graphic and web design, printing and photography are all readily available here. Seasoned trades people, 24/7 health care, primary and secondary schooling, recreational and leisure time activities abound.
Tourism and tourist services, health care – both conventional and alternative, food and agriculture, and artisans of all types form strong clusters of commerce within the year-round Salt Spring economy. The information age has made it possible for consultants and digital professionals to live in remote nooks of the island while easily working on-line. Plus a thriving and varied professional business community – both active and semi-retired – offers networking opportunities and connections beyond the expected.
Need to travel regularly off Island? – Salt Spring has 3 ferry terminals, and a floatplane dock all with easy access to airports and trains to Vancouver, Victoria, and beyond.
People who choose to work here enjoy a unique combination of rural living within a diversified year round economy.