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London Drugs, Canada Post, Country Grocer, and InDro Robotics Successfully Test Salt Spring Drone Delivery of Emergency Medications

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    August 29, 2019

On August 19, 2019, Canada Post, in partnership with London Drugs and InDro Robotics, successfully completed Canada’s first-ever Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) flight carrying pharmaceuticals via Drone from a London Drugs pharmacy to Salt Spring Island. Canada Post was selected along with InDro Robotics in 2018 to participate in Transport Canada’s BVLOS Drone Trials. The […]

Notice to Bus Riders – Detours on Route 5 and 6

    Travel & Transportation    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 […]

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, […]

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Community News

  • 2019 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Awards &#...

    by on September 12, 2019

    Make someone you know a Salty Award winner! – Presenting the Salt Spring Community & Business Awards! Winners will receive a Salty Award and 29 awards will be given out two areas – Business and Community. You can nominate one business or community group/area per session during the nomination process. You will then be able […]

  • Artists from the Fringe: Nick’s St...

    by on September 10, 2019

    In this series, we share stories from Art Jam participants. Art Jam – a volunteer-run program of the Salt Spring Arts Council – provides a safe, welcoming space for members of our marginalized community, where they can be defined as creators and artists, rather than by the challenges they regularly face. By celebrating their unique […]

  • 2019 Pride Parade Photos and Video

    by on September 7, 2019

    Another beautiful celebration of Pride on Salt Spring Island today. Thousands of locals and visitors lined the street to celebrate the 15th annual Pride and the 12th celebration of the Pride Parade all through the streets of Ganges. Few communities the size of Salt Spring can boast of the energy and excitement and pride of […]

  • Affordable Rental Housing Cottages Surve...

    by on September 4, 2019

    Please join us on Saturday, September 7th for a Community Information Meeting regarding Bylaw No. 512 (Affordable Rental Housing – Cottages). This is an opportunity to learn more about the project and discuss the proposed rezoning of approximately 400 properties on Salt Spring Island to permit cottages for full-time residential rental, instead of “seasonal cottages” […]

  • Salt Spring Island Foundation Marks 35 Y...

    by on September 4, 2019

    We all know that great trees grow from tiny seeds, which makes the tree logo of the Salt Spring Island Foundation particularly appropriate. Thirty-five years ago, John C. Lees planted a $10,000 seed that has grown to a $7.5 million endowment fund solely for the benefit of Salt Spring Island charities. Since then the Foundation […]

  • London Drugs, Canada Post, Country Groce...

    by on August 29, 2019

    On August 19, 2019, Canada Post, in partnership with London Drugs and InDro Robotics, successfully completed Canada’s first-ever Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) flight carrying pharmaceuticals via Drone from a London Drugs pharmacy to Salt Spring Island. Canada Post was selected along with InDro Robotics in 2018 to participate in Transport Canada’s BVLOS Drone Trials. The […]

  • Win Discounted Tickets to ‘Time Pi...

    by on August 28, 2019

    Here’s your chance to win a voucher to purchase a $10 ticket to ‘Time Piece’, a locally produced thematic rock concert with dialogue while also helping to support Dawn and Cindy, two former Country Grocer employees, each going through challenging times. ‘Time Piece’ is a thematic rock concert featuring a wide variety of music from […]

  • Salt Spring Island LTC Takes Legal Actio...

    by on August 28, 2019

    The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) has authorized legal action be taken against the owner of an unlawful short-term vacation rental (STVR) located on an Upper Ganges Road property. The SSI LTC is seeking a court order stopping the use of the property as a STVR, which is contrary to the Salt […]

  • Last Planting, Late Summer Disease

    by on August 27, 2019

    Our seeding season is coming to a close with the last greens that can be sown this late in the year and still provide a harvest over the winter. I usually recommend sowing winter hardy lettuce, corn salad and arugula through the first week of September, but given how cool this season has been I […]

  • Artists from the Fringe: Danene’s ...

    by on August 26, 2019

    In this series, we share stories from Art Jam participants. Art Jam – a volunteer-run program of the Salt Spring Arts Council – provides a safe, welcoming space for members of our marginalized community, where they can be defined as creators and artists, rather than by the challenges they regularly face. By celebrating their unique […]

  • Video: Elizabeth May Opens Salt Spring G...

    by on August 26, 2019

    The Salt Spring Green Party office opening ceremony featured bags of buttery popcorn; it was also the launch party for a short film about our MP, Elizabeth May. Why make a film about Elizabeth now? As Elizabeth explained, for many Canadians, she is known mainly as one of Ottawa’s ablest politicians. But to really understand […]

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