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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 […]

Summer Service Expansion Coming to Salt Spring Island

    Travel & Transportation    June 21, 2018

Starting Wednesday, June 27, bus riders on Salt Spring Island will enjoy expanded summer transit service, which will make it easier to get to the Fulford Harbour and Vesuvius Bay ferry terminals later in the evening. Changes include expanding the Monday through Thursday evening schedules for routes 2 Fulford Harbour and 6 Salt Spring Connector, […]

Calling for Creative Bus Shelter Designs

    Art & Design, Travel & Transportation    June 18, 2018

Island Bus Shelters is a new group of community volunteers. In collaboration with the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission (SSITC), we are inviting artists and designer/fabricator teams to submit proposals for creative bus shelters to recommend to the Capital Regional District. Project Philosophy – Salt Spring’s charm lies in its rural character and the absence […]

Free Boaters Shuttle to Salt Spring’s Upper Ganges Village Shopping Centre

    Travel & Transportation    June 13, 2018

This unique FREE service offers the convenience of picking Boaters up at their marina and bringing them to Upper Ganges Village Shopping Centre, with Country Grocer the largest grocery store of the Gulf Islands; an amply provisioned Liquor Store, a Pharmasave and Uptown Pizza. After shopping the Shuttle will return you to your marina! All […]

BC Ferries Launches Online Engagement for Swartz Bay

    Travel & Transportation    May 25, 2018

BC Ferries announced today the launch of an online engagement platform for community input to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. The online engagement effort is part of a broader community engagement program BC Ferries announced earlier in May, which includes meetings with key stakeholders and pop-up sessions at the terminal in late May […]

Tour des Iles Festival – Explore Our Beautiful Islands

    People & Places, Travel & Transportation    May 23, 2018

The Tour des Iles Festival (TDIF) is big and getting bigger – and we want you to be a part of it! Our Fourth Annual Festival is taking place June 22, 23, and 24, 2018. All day inter-island small boat service will connect you to Pender, Saturna, Salt Spring, Galiano and Mayne Islands. Courtesy shuttles, […]

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 […]

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  • 2018 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Award Win...

    by on November 9, 2018

    The Salt Spring community came out last night for a beautiful evening to celebrate local businesses, people, places and the many charms of Salt Spring Island. After numerous years of experimenting with the format for honouring local businesses and people, the Salt Spring Chamber really seems to have struck a nice rhythm of creating a […]

  • Thoughts on My Trial

    by on November 7, 2018

    This last March 23rd, I was arrested protesting in front of Kinder Morgan’s gate in Burnaby — now Trans Mountain Corporation, bought by all Canadians in August for $4.5-billion. I wrote an Exchange piece, published on March 29th, called  “Thoughts on My Arrest”. Time for an update. In Vancouver’s B.C. Supreme Court last week, I […]

  • Forum: From Ferries to Floatplanes

    by on November 7, 2018

    With many new pipeline projects stalled & existing ones running at capacity, oil patch producers are turning increasingly to rail to transport their product. How safe is this? Should we be concerned? What about ferries and floatplanes? Ferry accidents claim thousands of lives in other countries, but not in Canada. Floatplanes are one of the […]

  • Salt Spring’s Firefighters – Lieut...

    by on November 6, 2018

    Raised on Salt Spring by a family that supported the community through a variety of volunteer roles, it was only natural for me to follow that same path of volunteerism. In high school, I was a member of the Youth Coast Guard in Mill Bay. I was a member of the local Land Search and […]

  • Poll: Pro Rep Referendum Vote Mail In Pa...

    by on November 4, 2018

    Local proportional representation advocates gathered this past Saturday to share their support for changing our provincial voting system to a proportional system from our current first past the post system (FPTP). British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from […]

  • Forum: 2017 Massey Lecturer

    by on November 2, 2018

    The “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights around the world. What are some of the major human rights struggles of our times, and what we can do about them? Payam Akhavan – renowned human rights scholar, former UN prosecutor at The Hague, and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer – has […]

  • Leaf Mulch, Clean Bees and Cutworms

    by on November 1, 2018

    Here is my usual seasonal reminder to collect fallen leaves for garden mulching while they are all around us and to be had for free. Do collect enough to mulch the garden for the winter and also to stockpile for mulching next summer. I store leaves for summer use in bags or covered bins, keeping […]

  • How Safe is Your Lovely Roaring Fire?

    by on October 29, 2018

    Did you know that chimney fires are the most common fire emergencies  this time of the year?  – As our weather cools, and you begin enjoying your roaring fire, there are important safety tips you should know. Each year, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) is called to between 7 and 15 chimney fires. As these fires […]

  • VIDEO: Understanding PR & Electoral ...

    by on October 29, 2018

    In the lead up to the provincial referendum in British Columbia on proportional representation (happening now), the Salt Spring Forum hosted University of British Columbia Professor Max Cameron, a world-leading expert on democratic theory and electoral design. Professor Cameron teaches comparative politics, constitutionalism, and democratization at UBC, where he also directs the Centre for the […]

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