Destination guide

Salt Spring Island _ an escape from Vancouver

Artisan boutiques and organic farms set to the scents of lavender welcome folk to Salt Spring Island. The largest of the Southern Gulf Islands and a hub of free-thinking, creative Vancouverites for decades, it's a pretty little enclave in the Strait of Georgia. You can spend trips wandering its low mountain passes between Douglas firs and craggy rocks. You can do literary workshops with local writers. You can go New Age with a spirituality retreat. You can shop in hearty farmers markers. Or you can simply unwind and relax in Salt Spring Island vacation rentals, overlooking the sleepy harbors.

Things to do

Art and nature in Salt Spring Island

The well-known Artist Studio Tour is the best way to check off the multitude of independent art galleries and workshops that pepper the island. It takes in over 30 stops, offering a menagerie of sculpture works, portraiture and even cheese making. Salt Spring Island vacation rentals are also a perfect base for exploring the wild beauty of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Kayaks or private boat hires can get you out there _ a patchwork of lanky Douglas firs and rugged cliffs, where whales can sometimes be spotted from the lookouts.


Get creative in Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island has a well-deserved reputation for creativity. Painters, musicians, literary writers and performers have been heading to its shores in search of inspiration for decades. Today, that translates into a whole host of different workshops and classes. You can do guided photography tours, go on art walks through the independent galleries, or try your hand at basketry and nature writing. Yoga retreats also dot the countryside here, while regular organic markets in the summertime showcase the tasty produce of the Salt Spring farms.


Summers beckon in Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island's great outdoors is best enjoyed with sun and dry weather. That can be tricky to come by in the Pacific Northwest, but is certainly more likely in the summer months between May and September. Booking your Salt Spring Island vacation rental then will also mean you can experience all the seasonal farmers markets, art workshops and hiking trails around the place. The months between March and October also have the best whale watching, just in case you were on the watch for orcas and humpbacks.

Natural features

Peaks, farms and whale waters in Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island fragments off the side of massive Vancouver Island. A taste of the wilds of British Columbia, it's topped with pockets of Douglas fir trees and the occasional craggy mountain, that level out at Bruce Peak and Mount Tuam at over 600 meters up. If you hit the trails to conquer those, you'll pass countless organic farms _ a specialty of Salt Spring _ and handsome harbor towns like Ganges. It's just a short jaunt from the shores to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, too _ a place of limestone beaches and salt-sprayed rocks, where killer whales are occasional visitors.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Salt Spring Island

The nearest airport is in Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), located 7 mi (11.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Mayne Island, BC (YAV-Miners Bay Seaplane Base), which is 8.9 mi (14.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Salt Spring Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 384 vacation rentals near Salt Spring Island. From 188 Houses to 82 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Salt Spring Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Salt Spring Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Salt Spring Island:

  • Ganges: 23 vacation rentals
  • West Side: 737 vacation rentals
  • East Side: 668 vacation rentals
  • Bear Mountain Resort: 24 vacation rentals
  • Cordova Bay: 25 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Salt Spring Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Salt Spring Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saltspring Marina: 427 vacation rentals
  • Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre: 434 vacation rentals
  • Blue Horse Folk Art Gallery: 302 vacation rentals
  • Cusheon Lake: 408 vacation rentals
  • Mistaken Identity Vineyards: 427 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Salt Spring Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Salt Spring Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 188 Houses in Salt Spring Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Salt Spring Island include:

  • Cabins: 82 rentals available
  • Cottages: 82 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 82 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Salt Spring Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 60 vacation rentals with pool available in Salt Spring Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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