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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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  • Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue Respond t...

    by on May 17, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to an early morning structure fire in the 100 blk of Thomas Road. The initial call came in at 04:37 and crews completed the scene at 08:00. 25 Firefighters responded with 19 on scene; 4 fire trucks and 3 support vehicles along with BC Ambulance and BC Hydro. On […]

  • $1.5 Million Approved for First Stage of...

    by on May 16, 2019

    The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has approved $1.5 million in initial funding for the proposed Lady Minto Hospital Emergency Department expansion and redevelopment project. Members of the Hospital Foundation voted at a special general meeting May 16, 2019 to fund the proposed project’s schematic design and design development stages, “This is an important step forward […]

  • Increasing Cost of Fuel Leads BC Ferries...

    by on May 16, 2019

    BC Ferries is advising customers that due to current fuel market conditions, the company will implement a fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1. BC Ferries closely monitors the cost of fuel and applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process that is independent of fares. Here is an example […]

  • Growing Community Concern about Legion R...

    by on May 15, 2019

    A week before the April 30th Salt Spring Local Trust Committee meeting, islanders learned that a 144-foot tall Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) radio tower was in the final stages of approval for construction at the Legion in Ganges, and that 4G and eventually 5G cellular antennas would likely be added to this tower. […]

  • History of the Salt Spring Island Golf C...

    by on May 14, 2019

    March 23, 1928, saw a public meeting at Mahon Hall. Thirty-three people attended with the intention of forming a golf club. With W.E. Scott in the chair, K. Butterfield undertook secretarial duties. It was announced that a committee which had been appointed by the Salt Spring Island Development Association had been exceedingly busy. ‘Barnsbury’, the […]

  • Extensive Vandalism to Local CRD Office ...

    by on May 12, 2019

    In the morning of May 12, 2019 the Salt Spring RCMP were notified that a number of the street-front windows in Ganges, including the CRD office on McPhillips Ave had been smashed.  Police attended and their investigation is ongoing.  No entry was gained to the office, and efforts are underway to repair the damage prior […]

  • People Profile: Marialyn and Tom Boekbin...

    by on May 9, 2019

    Community People Profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews that share with us a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives and work on Salt Spring Island. This profile features Marialyn and Tom Boekbinder from […]

  • Garden Heat Alert

    by on May 9, 2019

    Yesterday in many gardens in the region it was suddenly very warm, even hot for this time of year. More of the same is predicted for the next couple of days with inland gardens and those in the most protected sites possibly experiencing highs of 29oC (84oF) today and tomorrow so take steps this morning […]

  • See an Abandoned Boat? Please Say Someth...

    by on May 6, 2019

    Abandoned and neglected boats impact the health and safety of our shorelines, especially if fuel, chemicals or garbage are leaking into the marine environment. If you see a boat that looks abandoned, please let us know. Have a boat you no longer want? You’ve got a few options for disposal in the capital region: Donate […]

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