Salt Spring Island Facts



Salt Spring Island Facts

As Joe Friday used to say: "Just the facts, ma'am..."

So here they are:

Size: 185 square kilometres (that's 74 square miles, for our American friends)

Population: 12,000+ Ferry Terminals: Fulford Harbour, Long Harbour, Vesuvius Bay

Shoreline: 135 kilometres (83 miles)

Roads: 650 kilometres (410 miles)

Annual Sun: 2,004 hours

Annual Rain: 84 centimetres (34 inches)

Visitor Information Centre: 121 Lower Ganges Road; To phone toll free: 1-866-216-2936. To phone locally: 537-5252

Lakes: 8 Beaches: 22 Bus Service: Yes Indoor Swimming Pool: Yes

Our Own Radio Station: Yes Our Own Currency: Yes (Salt Spring Dollars)

We have retired CEO's, musicians, plumbers, pilots, journalists, actors, directors, ferry workers, bus drivers, artists, farmers, artisans,...

Local businesses provide a complete range of trades, services and professions. We have excellent shopping for the essentials as well as some totally awesome specialty shops.

You can swim, golf, go horseback riding, play tennis, sail, or kayak 365 days a year.

Our artistic community provides a wonderful variety of plays, concerts, art shows, studio visits and learning opportunities.

The famous Saturday Market is the venue for meeting friends and checking out island produce as well as crafts, clothing and gifts.

"You're welcome as a visitor, but be warned: many who came for a casual visit are now residents."

We have a temperate Mediterranean climate - not too cold and not too hot. About 34 inches of rain each year keeps everything so green.

We receive very little frost and many winters have no snow at all. We have no poisonous snakes and the largest predator is the raccoon.

Our life style is relaxed and undemanding. It's a place to be who you want to be and do what you want to do.

You can find seclusion without isolation.

Four large cities: Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Seattle are within easy reach.

There are frequent daily ferry trips to Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC.

Float planes make scheduled trips to Salt Spring several times a day.



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