Is It Saltspring Or Salt Spring?



Saltspring or Salt Spring... What is the correct spelling anyway?
The answer is... both!

Remember the old song that went "you say tom-ay-to, I say tom-ah-to"?

Well, it's kinda like that.

You see, The Oxford Dictionary of Canadian Place Names says it was called Salt Spring Island by the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 1800's.

But in 1910, the name was changed to

Saltspring Island by the Geographic Board of Canada, which often fused together multiple-word place names.

So, officially it's one word, but local folks prefer the original two word spelling, although it's not unanimous.

Canada Post accepts both spellings of the name.

When I created this Web site, I fused both spellings together into the domain name.

I hope this pleases the folks who spell it both ways...

Anyway, however you spell it, it's still our very own Pacific island paradise.

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