About Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring Island is a unique place and a unique community located in the Salish Sea within the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. A 70-square mile island with one of the mildest climates in Canada, its stunning seascapes back onto rural fields and forests that give way in turn to rugged mountains.
Its unspoiled natural environment has been the home of indigenous peoples, and, over time, it has attracted a diverse and adventurous population – including Hawaiian and Japanese settlers, Europeans and Americans in search of gold, and people of African heritage seeking equal rights. By the late 19th century Salt Spring's population was quite multicultural. For over 50 years Salt Spring Island has been known as the jewel in the Salish Sea, due to unique provincial legislation that protects its natural environment and rural ambiance by limiting land development.
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Salt Spring’s beauty, history and island culture appeal to a wide variety of talented people – from farm families and skilled craftspeople to digital entrepreneurs, from artists and artisans to practitioners of alternative health services; from educators, naturalists, scientists, and environmental stewards, to retired public servants and business professionals.
This diversity has created an exceptional community with a safe, natural and art-enhanced way of life.
We’re also proud to be part of the Southern Salish Sea community of islands including the Southern Gulf Islands of Galiano, Mayne, Pender, and Saturna Island. These four islands add to the variety and experience of living + working on Salt Spring. With a population of 5,000, these communities often frequent Salt Spring for shopping and to use services such as banking, and the hospital, while some students take the water taxi to attend high school here. To learn more, here’s a link to the Sustainable Islands page: https://www.sustainableislands.ca/