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Crofton – Salt Spring Island Ferry Terminal Development Plan – Draft Concepts

    Travel & Transportation    June 10, 2019

The Crofton terminal is located within the Municipality of North Cowichan on Vancouver Island. The terminal connects the community to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island. Passengers travel on the Howe Sound Queen for a 25 minute sailing. The Howe Sound Queen has a vehicle capacity of 52 AEQ* and can carry 300 passengers and […]

Country Grocer Starting a Free Saturday Community Shuttle

    Travel & Transportation    May 23, 2019

Country Grocer will be starting a FREE Saturday shuttle this weekend May 25th. The free shuttle will run from 9:30am – 3:30pm between Centennial Park, Rainbow Road Pool and Country Grocer. Sandwich boards will be placed at pick up locations with the pick up at Centennial Park being located in the “no parking on Saturdays” […]

Island Pathways Receives $18,500

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    May 22, 2019

Last Wednesday evening, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring Island gathered in the ArtSpring theatre for its third meeting. And something interesting happened… One of the three charities randomly drawn during the meeting, from the 18 that had been nominated, had been drawn before but hadn’t been voted to receive the funds. Back into the […]

Increasing Cost of Fuel Leads BC Ferries to Add Fuel Surcharge

    Travel & Transportation    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 […]

See an Abandoned Boat? Please Say Something

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    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 […]

For Sale: Crofton – Vesuvius Ferry, Howe Sound Queen

    Travel & Transportation    April 23, 2019

Own of a piece of Salt Spring history! Buy the current Crofton – Vesuvius Ferry, the Howe Sound Queen! Currently in operation until 1st week in June, 2019 where it will be removed from service and kept warm and in operational state until ownership change. Reason for being auctioned, scheduled for replacement. The Howe Sound […]

EV Tips: Charging

    Travel & Transportation    April 22, 2019

I often get asked about EV Chargers. The EV Group has worked diligently to encourage merchants around Salt Spring to install Level 2 Chargers that are mostly free to use (some have donation boxes – please use them). The charging stations are primarily for tourists, but are also intended for our use. I’ll take this […]

Video and Photos: New Centennial Park / Salt Spring Market Washrooms Now Open

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    April 7, 2019

The new washroom at Centennial Park has been completed ahead of schedule and is now open. The washroom has a number of features making it unique to other cinderblock washrooms that the community may appreciate. There are four sinks located on the back of the washroom for vendor use and the porta potties have been […]

Harbour Air / Salt Spring Air to Build World’s First All-electric Airline

    Travel & Transportation    March 26, 2019

magniX, a major player in the electric aviation revolution, and Harbour Air who merged with Salt Spring Air in 2015, now North America’s largest seaplane airline, announced a partnership to transform Harbour Air seaplanes into an all-electric commercial fleet powered by the magni500, a 750-horsepower (HP) all-electric motor. The transformed Harbour Air seaplanes will be […]

BC Ferries Reveals 25-year Vision for Swartz Bay Terminal

    Travel & Transportation    March 19, 2019

Community input used to shape long-term plan – BC Ferries released the Swartz Bay Terminal Development Plan (TDP) today. The TDP outlines a long-term vision for the terminal’s future, and a phased approach for implementing the changes envisioned in the plan. BC Ferries employees will be at the terminal from April 10 to 13 to […]

Salt Spring Marina Expansion

    Travel & Transportation    March 5, 2019

I am writing as Manager of Salt Spring Marina for the past 30 years. From my perspective, our summers have been getting busier, and I have had to turn boats away. There is no where else for them to go, so they anchor in the harbour and come ashore by dinghy to enjoy the wealth […]

EV Tips: Driving Electric Cars in Winter

    Travel & Transportation    March 5, 2019

This winter we have seen our share of challenging weather. I have often been asked how EVs manage in snow and slush and on icy roads. And what about the range?? So here’s my take on driving an EV in the winter. First…Creature comforts. In an EV, use the heated seats and if you have […]

EV Tips from Jim Standen and the EV Group

    Travel & Transportation    February 25, 2019

Promoting Sustainable Transportation on Salt Spring Island ~ I am pleased to announce that the ArtSpring EV chargers are back in operation.  This was the first EV Charger on SSI and has been working reliably for 6 years. The original wands (the thing that plugs into your car) wore out from overuse (which is kind […]

Province Restores Increased Ferry Service to Crofton – Vesuvius Ferry

    Travel & Transportation    February 22, 2019

Government is increasing service on 10 ferry routes that were cut in 2014, restoring 2,700 round-trip sailings for people living in coastal communities. “For years people living in coastal communities saw ferry fares increase and services cut,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Quality, affordable ferry services are a necessity not a luxury […]

Salt Spring Bike Club Announces Merger with Island Pathways

    Health & Wellness, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    February 16, 2019

With great enthusiasm and anticipation, the Salt Spring Bike Club announces its merger with Island Pathways and the creation of the new Island Pathway committee: Cycling Salt Spring Island! The Salt Spring Bike Club formed five years ago to: promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun mode of transportation and recreation; foster a stronger […]

Video: Time-Lapse – Watch Ganges Transform from Sunny to Snowy

    Local News, Photos & Videos, Travel & Transportation    February 11, 2019

Wow. Watch the transformation of Ganges from our Salt Spring Exchange Live Cam at the Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue hall in town. The day started out cold, clear and sunny and transformed in just a few short hours to a snowy wonderland!      

Planned Night Work on the Skeena Queen – January 29, 2019

    Travel & Transportation    January 16, 2019

Night work is required on the evening of January 29, 2019 to remove a right angle drive on the MV Skeena Queen. The work is done at night time to prevent a service interruption. The work is scheduled to take place between 9:35 pm Tuesday January 29 and 5:30 am Wednesday January 30. All efforts […]

Road Report: Stewart Road Washout – Repair Status Update!

    Travel & Transportation    January 9, 2019

Stewart Road Washout Repair Update – 2019 February 01 from Mark Lucich: The first photo shows that they have removed the pavement from the culvert up hill to driveway 287 and lowered the ground lever about 5 feet. This was done Monday and by yesterday they had covered the dirt with gravel and a heavy […]

Video: Storm Force – Just How Powerful Was the Storm of December 21, 2018?

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    January 5, 2019

Strong storm force winds of over 100km/hr hammer the SW BC coast on Dec20 2018.The southern gulf islands were particularly hard hit. 5000 trees down on local roads alone! 500,000 people without power.One fatality reported.Not a good day for boats!        

Photos: Severe Wind Storm Ravages Island – Hydro and Road Status Updates

    Health & Wellness, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    December 21, 2018

Scroll down to see all current storm photos and the full list of all storm related hydro, water advisory and warming centre updates. Most recent updates are at the top. ROAD CLOSURE – 9:40 am Friday, January 4, 2019 – There is a slide at 289 Stewart Road – Road is closed. People living 289 […]

SaIt Spring Island’s Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Partners with SGI Community Economic Sustainability Commission (CESC) to build sustainable Regional Tourism…

    Travel & Transportation    September 27, 2018

Sustainable Regional Tourism is on its way…. Year-round destination experiences that build a more sustainable tourism model are being embraced locally. On September 19th the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board gave the go ahead for the soon to be formed, independent, non-profit Southern Gulf Island Tourism Partnership (SGITP). Having local government support for joint Salt Spring […]

Long Harbour Terminal – Night Work

    Travel & Transportation    September 11, 2018

Please be advised that night work will be required on the Salish Eagle while berthed at Long Harbour terminal. Work will commence after the last scheduled sailing on the evening of September 12. This night work is necessary in order to prevent a service disruption. All efforts will be made to minimize the level and […]

Rant: Road Work Salt Spring Style?

    Travel & Transportation    August 25, 2018

I’m not the kind of person to rant. I’m more of a ‘let’s be creative and craft good ideas’ kind of person. But this? This would seem to deserve a rant. I can’t see the creativity or the crafting of good ideas here. Maybe I’m missing something? Clear road lines on narrow, winding, often shoulderless, […]

Salt Spring Chamber – Green Tourism Canada Accredited

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    August 9, 2018

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce has again been recognized and re-accredited by Green Tourism Canada. We become Canada’s first Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre to become accredited members of Green Tourism Canada in 2016. Our “silver” re-accreditation was made official on August 3rd, 2018. We are proud to be working within this program […]

Video: Bike Park Build in Progress

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    July 10, 2018

Update: New photos of the bike park in progress coming in. New wooden trail features are now install. The new bike park will be open soon. Stay tuned for updates on the opening day announcement. Well Salt Spring Island families and kids are in for a real treat. The amazing local team behind the creation […]

Interpretive Panels Moves Forward with Boost from Heritage Legacy Fund

    Art & Design, Indigenous News, People & Places, Travel & Transportation    July 3, 2018

Island Pathways is receiving a much-needed boost of $4100 to support its interpretive panels program, which will highlight the history of heritage locations and building along the Ganges Village Pathway Network. The funding comes through the Heritage Legacy Fund, the only provincial grant program that supports heritage conservation, awareness, planning and Indigenous partnership projects. Island […]

Salt Spring Lions Memorial Bike Park Set to Begin

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    June 27, 2018

Construction of the Salt Spring Lions Memorial Bike Park is set to begin this week in the southeast corner of Mouat Park adjacent to the ArtSpring upper parking lot. Trail building is expected to last through July with the goal of opening the Bike Park to young riders in August. Additional fencing, landscaping and habitat […]

EV Show: Electrifying Enlightenment

    Local News, Travel & Transportation    June 24, 2018

After visiting the electric car show at the farmer’s institute this weekend I became curious about these vehicles and so decided to do some research. Electric vehicles on Salt Spring have become increasingly popular due to their cost efficiency, environmental friendliness, and energy adeptness. Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Ford, and Smart Car have all been named […]

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Community News

  • 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 […]

  • Carrot Day

    by on July 5, 2019

    It is time for my annual reminder to sow lots of carrots for winter harvests in the next week or two. For me, July 1 is always Carrot Day as well as Canada Day (US readers: think 4th of July). As long as you sow before July 10, your carrots should have time to grow […]

  • Minister Seeking Input on Private Manage...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Minister wants your input on future of British Columbia forests – On May 28, 2019, the provincial government announced a review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program. They have invited British Columbians to add your voice to the program review. The province is accepting public comments until July 22, 2019. Over the past few […]

  • 2019 Eco Living and Home Tour: Ideas, In...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Headlines announcing biodiversity collapse and climate catastrophe can feel paralyzing. Even the most committed environmentalists may not know where to turn for solid information on the kinds of innovative — and dramatic — lifestyle changes that experts say will be need to weather the coming changes. Salt Spring’s Eco Living and Home Tour highlights what […]

  • BC’s Rural Islands Launch Economic Forum...

    by on June 27, 2019

    For the first time BC’s rural islands have launched an initiative to cultivate rural island economic partnerships. The Rural Islands Economic Forum (RIEF), a two day event, will bring together leaders from rural island communities to focus on advancing local and regional, sustainable, economic capacity building. The Forum gets underway on Pender Island on November 7 […]

  • Survey: Should British Columbia Adopt Ye...

    by on June 24, 2019

    British Columbians are invited to share their views on how we should observe time in our province. Most areas of B.C. currently “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time during summer months and “fall back” to Standard Time in the winter. The following choices are being considered: 1) B.C. continues the practice of changing our clocks […]

  • Podcast: Adam Olsen speaks with Raffi – ...

    by on June 20, 2019

    When I first thought of transitioning my weekly Public Circle LIVE! broadcasts from Facebook to a weekly podcast, I had it in my mind to invite Raffi as a guest. We have run into each other a few times now at the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market and I appreciate his forthright political commentary on Twitter. It all […]

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

    by on June 20, 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 61 calls for assistance in May.  (Calls to Date:  291) Operations To be proactive regarding wildfire prevention a recommendation was […]

  • Salt Spring Foundation Announces 2019 Ne...

    by on June 18, 2019

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation, in partnership with Salt Spring Island Community Services, is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program offers grants of $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of community belonging and responsibility, […]

  • Island Youth Soccer Association to Build...

    by on June 14, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Youth Soccer Association (SSIYSA) is excited to announce that School District #64 (SD64) has agreed to partner with the SSIYSA to build a brand-new all-weather turf field with lights at the Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) lower field. An All Weather Field Feasibility Study was presented to the SD64 school board yesterday […]

  • Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces ...

    by on June 12, 2019

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $148,000 in spring grants for local charities, including $30,000 targeted to youth recreation programs. The Foundation thanks the many generous donors who make these grants possible.  BC Parks/Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage To create and install six new interpretive signs for Ruckle Provincial Park to […]

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