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Long Harbour Terminal Upgrade – Parking Lot Will Be Temporarily Closed

    Travel & Transportation    January 30, 2018

Please be advised that BC Ferries will have a contractor onsite at Long Harbour Terminal between Tuesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 8, 2018 to upgrade the drainage system. This work is not expected to affect sailing operations. Work will include excavation in the 48-hour customer parking lot, which must be vacant by Monday, February […]

Video: Discover Yourself on Salt Spring Island!

    Travel & Transportation    January 22, 2018

Discover yourself on Salt Spring Island! We have so much to share from music to arts, farm to table bounty, ocean adventures, connection to nature and wellness. When can you get here?          

BC Ferries Going Smoke and eCigarette Free

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    December 6, 2017

BC Ferries is pleased to advise customers that the company will be introducing a smoke – free environment in all BC Ferries locations, including terminals and vessels starting January 22, 2018 . This also includes the interior of all vehicles on BC Ferries property. “This new policy support s the health and wellness of our […]

Assistance with New Regulations Restricting Passengers From Closed Car Decks

    Travel & Transportation    October 10, 2017

Tomorrow marks the implementation of Transport Canada regulations that restrict passengers from remaining in their vehicles on closed car decks. BC Ferries understands this change impacts customers that need to remain in their vehicles. BC Ferries wants to help where possible. Customers needing to remain in their vehicles should identify themselves at the ticket booth […]

CRD Land Purchase Connects Trincomali Heights with Dunbabin Park

    Health & Wellness, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    September 5, 2017

The Capital Regional District (CRD) has purchased three lots totaling three acres (1.21 hectares) for park purposes off of Stark’s Road on Salt Spring Island. The lots have been purchased through the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) Park Land Acquisition Fund for $34,500. “The acquisition not only connects two trail networks but […]

BC Ferries To Ban Smoking on All Vessels and at All Terminals

    Travel & Transportation    August 22, 2017

BC Ferries announced today that as of January 22, 2018, the company will introduce a smoke-free environment on board all of its vessels and at its terminals. This coincides with National Non-Smoking Week, which runs from January 21 to 28, 2018. Last year, the Province amended regulations for no smoking buffer zones around any doorway, […]

BC Ferries – New Closed Vehicle Deck Space Regulations

    Travel & Transportation    August 22, 2017

On October 11, 2017, BC Ferries will harmonize its safety practices with Canadian ferry operators relating to Transport Canada regulations that prohibit passengers from remaining in their vehicle on any closed deck on a vessel that is underway. Since 2007, BC Ferries has been complying with Transport Canada regulations by maintaining a continuous car deck […]

Salish Raven Enters Service Early – Queen of Nanaimo Out

    Travel & Transportation    August 1, 2017

BC Ferries’ newest vessel replaces Queen of Nanaimo starting Thurs., Aug 3 – BC Ferries announced today Salish Raven, the third of three new Salish Class ships will start service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route on Thurs., Aug 3. Its inaugural sailing will depart Tsawwassen at 2:45 p.m. The company has worked […]

Queen of Nanaimo Crew Rescues Seven After Mayday Call

    Travel & Transportation    July 14, 2017

Please be advised that the Queen of Nanaimo is currently operating 83 minutes behind schedule due to responding to a marine emergency. The vessel heard a Mayday distress call on their radio and aided in rescuing 7 people from a boat that ran aground. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may […]

BC Ferries Unveils Salish Raven Hull Wrap

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    July 14, 2017

Earlier this week at BC Ferries’ Richmond refit facility, the wrap adorning the hull of Salish Raven was unveiled to Musqueam First Nation’s Thomas Cannell, who designed the artwork that was revealed in February of this year. Coast Salish artist Thomas Cannell’s design depicts the beauty of the powerful, intelligent raven. His bold vision of […]

Vote: Is Salt Spring Island the Best Boating Destination in BC?

    Travel & Transportation    June 28, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Boating BC Association has identified 150 of the most scenic and picturesque boating locations that the province has to offer. Ranging from lakes and rivers on Vancouver Island to Northern BC and the Southern Interior, the 150 destinations listed encompass every region in the province and are only a […]

Travel Alert: All Queen of Nanaimo Sailings Out of Long Harbour Cancelled

    Travel & Transportation    June 23, 2017

2017-06-28 Update as of 10:30 am: QUEEN OF NANAIMO RETURNS TO SERVICE – Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands: BC Ferries is pleased to advise that repairs to the Queen of Nanaimo are complete and the vessel will return to service tomorrow on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in advance of the Canada Day […]

Photos and Video: Take A Ride on the Brand New Long Harbour Ferry

    Travel & Transportation    June 21, 2017

BC Ferries welcomed its second Salish Class vessel, Salish Eagle, into service today with a small public event on board the 9:10 and 10:50 a.m. inaugural sailings from Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands and we were there to capture photos and videos to share with our Salt Spring community. President & CEO Mark Collins cut […]

BC Ferries’ Salish Eagle Officially Begins Service

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    June 19, 2017

Queen of Nanaimo to continue providing service to Southern Gulf Islands until later this year – The second of BC Ferries’ three new vessels, Salish Eagle, will officially commence service on Wednesday, June 21, at 9:10 a.m. on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route. Salish Eagle is the second of three new Salish Class […]

Jordan Templeman – 2017 Provincial Election – Candidate Profile

    Election Candidates, Travel & Transportation    April 27, 2017

The next provincial general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017 and to help our community get to know the candidates who are running in our riding we’re sharing profiles of each candidate. All candidates have been invited to share a profile with the Salt Spring Exchange and we’ll be featuring profiles […]

BC Ferries Unveils New Long Harbour Ferry Hull Wrap

    Indigenous News, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    April 13, 2017

Today at BC Ferries’ Richmond refit facility, the wrap adorning the hull of Salish Eagle was unveiled to Stz’uminus First Nation’s John Marston, who designed the artwork that was revealed last September. Coast Salish artist John Marston’s bold depiction of beautiful red eagles adorning the hull of the new vessel represents the strength and respect […]

Gary Holman – 2017 Provincial Election – Candidate Profile

    Election Candidates, Governance & Politics, Travel & Transportation    April 11, 2017

The next provincial general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017 and to help our community get to know the candidates who are running in our riding we’re sharing profiles of each candidate. All candidates have been invited to share a profile with the Salt Spring Exchange and we’ll be featuring profiles […]

New Long Harbour / Gulf Islands Ferry ‘Salish Eagle’ Arrives in BC

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    March 20, 2017

Salish Eagle, BC Ferries newest vessel is arriving in B.C. today. The vessel took 38 days to travel 10,440 nautical miles from Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. This ship will make its way to Ogden Point in Victoria, where the public can take exterior photos of the vessel today. Once Salish Eagle clears Canadian […]

RCMP Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Man

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    March 18, 2017

Salt Spring Island RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing man last seen on March 15, 2017 at 2 pm in the area of Suneagle Drive on Salt Spring Island. Andrew Norman DeMarsh, 36, is described as a caucasian man, 6’3″, 186 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Investigators are seeking […]

People Profile: Meet Christine Steffich, Pharmacy Manager

    People Profiles, Travel & Transportation    March 8, 2017

How long have you been working at Pharmasave and have you always worked in this position? I started at Pharmasave as a brand new pharmacist after graduating from UBC Pharmacy in June 2001. I have never worked as a pharmacist anywhere else, and I feel very fortunate because I found the best employer right out […]

BC Ferry Cancelled Sailings

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5 due to an engineering issue. – Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Southern Gulf Islands Update as of 7:20am: Please be advised that the Queen of Nanaimo has cancelled the following sailings due to mechanical difficulties with the port main engine. Engineers are working to repair a saltwater pipe. 7:15 am departing Long Harbour, Salt […]

Our New Ferry is Headed to BC from Poland

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    February 14, 2017

BC Ferries’ Salish Eagle, the second of three new Salish Class vessels, is on its way. The vessel departed Gdansk, Poland on February 11, 2017, for a 10,440 nautical mile journey bound for its new home in British Columbia. The Transatlantic voyage will take approximately 45 to 55 days, depending on weather. The journey will […]

Long Harbour Terminal Shoreline Stabilization

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    January 25, 2017

Please be advised that BC Ferries will be conducting a shoreline stabilization project at Long Harbour Terminal. The work will commence on February 8 and is expected to be completed prior to March 3, 2017. The work will involve excavating equipment and delivery of rock fill during the project. All work will be limited to […]

Pledge or Plunge with The Tempest on New Year’s Day!

    Local News, News & Events, People & Places, Travel & Transportation    December 31, 2016

Up until September of this year, Salt Spring youth didn’t have any options for co-ed, full contact sports. But coaches Tammy Miller and Kate Richer changed that. Tammy and Kate put out a call for roller skaters, aged 10 to 17, to form a junior roller derby team called The Tempest. Seventeen skaters showed up―ready […]

Skeena Queen To Undergo A Refit In The New Year

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    December 14, 2016

BC Ferries’ Skeena Queen will undergo a refit January 3 to February 8, 2017 as part of regulatory and preventative maintenance planning. For the duration of the refit, service on the Swartz Bay-Fulford Harbour route will be provided by a combination of the Bowen Queen and the Queen of Cumberland. As the vehicle capacity of […]

Weather Alerts: School, Road, Buses, Ferry and Weather Conditions Reports

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    December 6, 2016

Weather alert update issued at 10:00 AM Monday 19 December 2016: Roads: Please be aware that there is black ice on the roads this morning. There have already been three accidents. The main road into Ganges from the North End has been reported as in good condition. The secondary roads can be icy especially the […]

Temporary Fulford Ferry Vessel Assignment Change – Right-angle Drive (RAD) Replacement

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    November 30, 2016

Victoria (Swartz Bay) – Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour), Monday, December 12 vessel assignment change to Bowen Queen and Queen of Cumberland. The MV Bowen Queen and the MV Queen of Cumberland will provide service on Monday, December 12 on the Fulford Harbour – Swartz Bay route, and on the Swartz Bay – Southern Gulf […]

RCMP: Gun Stolen From Unsecure Vehicle

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    November 3, 2016

On November 1st, 2016 shortly before 7:00 pm, a pair of suspects entered 6 unsecure vehicles at the BC Ferries Long Harbour Terminal parking area. A 2015 Ford F150 (with the keys left inside) was stolen from the lot, and recovered by police on November 2nd, 2016, near the BC Ferries Fulford Terminal on Salt […]

Salt Spring Photo’s of the Week: Fall Magic

    Photos & Videos, Travel & Transportation    October 26, 2016

Salt Spring Island and the people of our community are very photogenic. Here are some of the best photos of the week from our Facebook and Instagram accounts taken on and around Salt Spring Island. The ghouls are lurking. #saltspring #saltspringisland A photo posted by Salt Spring (@saltspring) on Oct 25, 2016 at 7:41pm PDT Fall wow. #saltspring #saltspringisland […]

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