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The Salt Spring Exchange was founded in 2008. Since then, it has helped facilitate many successes in our community thanks to the thousands of active participants who use this site and who are keen to help each other.

Via the Exchange, Salt Springers buy, sell, trade and free-cycle a lot of stuff everyday.  As a result, truckloads of trash have become treasure.  Lost pet announcements on the Exchange have helped dozens of pets have found their way home. Community groups have been able to tell their stories and draw people to their events.  Islanders have connected with each other, found jobs and learned from one another. New people to Salt Spring have made connections that have eased their transition into a new community.  And some local small businesses have even gotten their start and gained exposure to keep going through this active online community.

In 2010 The Salt Spring Exchange was awarded the Business Ambassadors of the Year Award from the Salt Spring Chamber of commerce.

The website receives over 12,000 absolute unique visits per month, who view an average of more than 340,000 page views per month (3.5+ million per year). While most site visitors are from Canada and the United States, we get traffic to the site from over 90 different countries around the world.* Fans of Salt Spring everywhere use this site.

The service is supported by our very popular mailing list which has grown to include many thousands of residents and interested visitors. This is a unique resource that countless islanders have come to trust and rely on as a high quality communications and media service that puts Salt Spring residents in the drivers seat of telling their own stories.

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Community News

  • Islanders Health and Safety at Risk With...

    by on August 22, 2019

    Reliable and effective emergency communications are vital. The island’s Emergency Program debriefs conducted after last winter’s storms identified the serious and potentially disastrous inadequacies of the current system. Salt Spring Fire Rescue together with the other emergency services knows very well how critical clear communications are to their ability to respond. A new antenna that […]

  • Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation ...

    by on August 21, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has released the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation 2019-2029 Strategic Plan. The Plan outlines strategies, actions and priorities that guide opportunities for parks and recreation, seek community and stakeholder input and explore the long-term program and facility needs for the community. The following strategic priorities have […]

  • Trust to Put Brakes on Fulford Inn ̵...

    by on August 20, 2019

    As many of you know, our proposal is a Development Permit with Variances. We propose to amend the motel, liquor store, and pub uses under the existing zoning into a modern, vibrant village square that offers an immersive Saltspring experience to visitors, while providing an essential gathering place for South Island residents, an essential community […]

  • Maracaibo Vessel Fire

    by on August 8, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to a boat fire off Maracaibo on Salt Spring Island on August 7th, 2019. The initial call came in at 17:38 and crews completed the scene at 01:15 10 Firefighters responded with 4 fire trucks along with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard and Eagle Eye Vessel Assist. On […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on August 6, 2019

    Vision: A responsive and sustainable fire-rescue service, effectively meeting community needs and valued by those we serve. Mission: Always learning, engaging and adapting to be response ready. Response Report Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 58 calls the month of June.   Operations We experienced a very dry June with below-normal precipitation.  Over the month […]

  • Thoughts on My Trial, Part 3: Sentencing...

    by on July 31, 2019

    On July 26th, the judge sentenced me to carry on with my volunteer work on Salt Spring — no fine, no probation officer, no jail. For six months, I’m to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour.” Apparently, this is the most lenient sentence he’s given to date for the 230+ convicted of contempt […]

  • Edit the Garden, August Planting

    by on July 30, 2019

    If your tomatoes are slow to ripen, you are not alone! Many people are wondering about it, but this cooler summer is the way our ‘normal’ summers used to be: for those that have forgotten how long it used to take tomatoes to ripen outdoors, this is a reminder. On the other hand, many other […]

  • Podcast: An Environmental Organization t...

    by on July 22, 2019

    Have you ever wondered who was behind the Electric Vehicle Recharge Stations, Car Stops, Eco Home Tours, solar panels on the high school’s roof, Rainbow Road Gardens on Salt Spring Island on the island? In this episode, I’m talking with an organization that is helping communities with reducing their dependence on fossil fuels & increasing […]

  • Salt Spring National Art Prize Announces...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Five Salt Spring artists have been named as finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). They are among the fifty or so artists from across Canada to have their work eligible to win one of nine awards, six selected by jurors and three selected by public vote. Local artists are also in the […]

  • Notice to Bus Riders – Detours on ...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Effective July 22 to August 30, 2019 – Please be advised that Walker’s Hook Road will be closed for repairs between Fort Street and Hedger Road beginning July 22 until August 30, 2019. This closure will be in effect 24 hours a day during these dates. During this time period please note that routes 5 Fernwood and 6 […]

  • Podcast: The Tiny Home on Wheel’s ...

    by on July 8, 2019

    I’m on the Salt Spring Gulf Island Community Radio interviewing people near and far who are making good news on the planet by helping to shift the outcome of our future. These people and companies have created solutions to local and global issues we’re facing at the moment. Sharing the good news that’s happening on […]

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