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Depleted Old Boys Squad Battle Through in Bill Drew Tournament

    People & Places    April 13, 2018

Old Boys end season on a winning note –  The pouring rain on Saturday April 7th complemented the Old Boys mood as only 9 hardy souls arrived at Finlayson Park, Victoria for their opening game in the Annual Bill Drew end of season tournament.  Included in the 9 was a return after a 2-season absence of […]

Bike Park Community Open House Insights

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    April 3, 2018

A community open house for the proposed Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park in Mouat Park took place on Sunday, March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Salt Spring Island Lions Hall. The event was hosted by the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) to share information about the project and […]

Proposed Bike Park Project Update

    News & Events, People & Places    February 16, 2018

As was recently announced, Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has received a donation of $150,000 from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club towards the construction of a family bike park. The donation is made to the Salt Spring community in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary. The Salt Spring Island Lions Club […]

2018 Salt Spring Film Festival: Lund – End of the Road Filmmaker with Tai Uhlmann

    Film Festival, News & Events, People & Places    February 15, 2018

The following article was written by Jennifer Cikaluk as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 2-4, 2018. Filmmaker Tai Uhlmann along with Co-Director Theo Angell will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is […]

2018 Country Grocer Valentines Photo Contest Winners!

    People & Places, Photos & Videos    February 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Valentines photo contest sponsored by Country Grocer. The winning prize this year was for a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Auntie Pestos. Winners were selected by random draw. And! There were so many great pictures submitted this year that we’re giving away even more prizes. […]

2018 Salt Spring Film Festival: Meet Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters Filmmaker Natalie Boll

    Film Festival, Food & Entertainment, People & Places    February 13, 2018

The following article was written by Jennifer Cikaluk as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 2-4, 2018. Filmmaker Natalie Boll will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is sponsored by: Stonehouse B&B, Harbour […]

Video Series: Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island

    People & Places, Photos & Videos    February 7, 2018

Follow the adventures of traveller and filmmaker Erica Hargreave in her series ‘Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island’ as she explores the island and profiles some of our unique local citizens. Explore the Canadian wilderness, as she rediscovers Canadian parks, highlighting the wonderful parks and people of Salt Spring Island in this documentary […]

Islanders Join Global Women’s March

    People & Places    January 23, 2018

If you were in downtown Ganges on the afternoon of Saturday, January 22, you may have seen a lot of pink hats. People in cities and towns across Canada and the United States and around the globe came together in solidarity with women who demonstrated in Washington on the same date. In Canada alone, tens […]

Salt Spring Island Lions Club Commemorative Bike Park

    News & Events, People & Places    January 23, 2018

Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has received a donation of $150,000 from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club towards the construction of a family bike park. The donation is made to the Salt Spring community in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary. The Salt Spring Island Lions Club has a history of […]

Martin ‘Buck’ Vandenberg Makes Appeal to Support Incarcerated Son

    People & Places    January 13, 2018

This is our story and why I need your help. Heather and I took our son in to the hospital with the intention of signing our son in for mental health issues chest pain, lack of sleep and hearing multiple voices in his head. It got really bad so we took him to the hospital. […]

Video: The Most Salt Spring Thing This Year?

    People & Places, Photos & Videos    December 13, 2017

Devin Milner’s video of music in Ganges harbour. Could this be the most Salt Spring thing we’ve seen all year? music in Ganges this afternoon….. Posted by Devin Milner on Sunday, December 10, 2017  

Animated Short Film ‘Fox And The Whale’ Inspired by Salt Spring

    Art & Design, People & Places    December 6, 2017

Watch this. It’s beautiful and it was inspired by a visit to Salt Spring Island by its creator Robin Joseph who now lives in Toronto. The short film was just nominated for an Oscar and is one step closer to being a short-listed as a finalist. Those of us that live here know how inspiring […]

Island Savings Recognizes Local Businesses in the 2017 Fan Choice Awards

    Business Profiles, People & Places    November 28, 2017

Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners of the 2017 Fan Choice Awards. Of the hundreds of nominations received between Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, top spots were awarded to the local and independent small businesses that received the most votes from loyal community members and supporters. “We were so […]

Superintendent of SD64 Schools Resignation

    People & Places    November 23, 2017

The Board of Education for School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands) wishes to announce that they have accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Lisa Halstead effective August 1, 2018. In her letter of resignation, Ms. Halstead indicated that it is an honour to serve the students, staff, and communities of the Gulf Islands School […]

The Role of Nonprofits on Salt Spring Island

    News & Events, People & Places    November 6, 2017

Volunteer and Community Resources invites VCR members and others in the community to join them at their AGM with keynote speaker, Peter Elson. Peter Elson who is a PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor with UVic’s School of Public Administration will present “Tacking Against the Wind: Nonprofits in a Climate of Uncertainty.” His 20-minute talk on the […]

Video: 2017 Salty Community and Business Awards

    Business Profiles, People & Places    October 29, 2017

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce took a fresh approach to the Business Awards this year. The awards were broken into 2 categories, Community and Business Awards. Voting was done entirely by the community online rather then by closed vote. Winners received a ‘Salty Award’ and over 50 awards were given out in the two […]

Migratory Birds on the West Coast: The Marvels and the Perils

    News & Events, People & Places    October 26, 2017

Whether travelling 3,000 or 70,000km, migratory birds of the Pacific Flyway perform an amazing annual feat and encounter many threats along the way. Climate change, deforestation, and oil spills are among these threats. As most residents of southwest British Columbia are aware, an oil pipeline expansion to the lower mainland is under consideration. If the […]

Live Stream: Celebration of Life for Alistair Hayne

    News & Events, People & Places    October 12, 2017

Our family welcomes you all to attend a Celebration of Life in honour of Alistair Hayne. The celebration will be held on Sunday October 15, 2017 at 2 pm in the gymnasium at Gulf Islands Secondary School on Salt Spring Island. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served after the celebration. Please feel welcome […]

The Creativity Panel – Where Science & Art Converge

    Art & Design, People & Places    October 4, 2017

Atom Egoyan, Art McDonald, Meaghan Ogilvie on Salt Spring Island, BC, October 14, 2017 ~ Three renowned Canadians present their views on the topic of the ‘creative mind’ during a panel discussion focussed on creativity in the arts and sciences. Hosted as part of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) on October 14th, the panellists […]

Alert: Youth Shot on Salt Spring

    News & Events, People & Places    September 25, 2017

The Salt Spring Island RCMP responded to a reported accidental shooting that occurred in the early hours on Sept 24th, 2017. Police responded to a residence on Salt Spring Island where 6 youths were present. One of the youth had been shot and was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries and has now succumbed […]

Your Country Grocer Receipts at Work in the Community

    People & Places    September 18, 2017

A total of 148 local groups benefit from Country Grocer’s Save-A-Tape program, which totals about $100,000 year! Save-A-Tape began with GVM back in 1993. The program allows shoppers to give 1% of the pre-tax total on their receipt to the organization of their choice. All you have to do is put your receipt in the […]

Video: 2017 Fall Fair Zucchini Racing

    Farm & Garden, People & Places    September 18, 2017

What a wonderful weekend at the fall fair again this year. Thank you to all the organizers who did such a wonderful job creating a beautiful and fun fair for our island. Here are some highlights of the zucchini racing, just one of the great events of the weekend.

Eclipse Live Stream Time-lapse Photos

    People & Places, Photos & Videos    August 21, 2017

What an incredible moment. People all across North America enjoying a rare total and partial solar eclipse. We weren’t in the path of totality here on Salt Spring Island but we were in about the 85-90% range and able to enjoy some dramatic changes in the sun and light all across the island. How much […]

Swimmer Aims to Swim Around Salt Spring to Protect the Salish Sea

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    July 25, 2017

Against all odds, Rama DelaRosa takes the plunge to fundraise for Indigenous legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline ~ A Salt Spring woman is committed to stretch the limits of human capacity in the hope to improve the health of our ocean waters. Athlete and activist Rama DelaRosa is fiercely determined to protect this […]

Dragonfly Commons Affordable Housing Project Planning in Progress

    News & Events, People & Places    June 5, 2017

Dragonfly Commons is a local not-for-profit initiative spearheaded by Fernando and Tami dos Santos, with a lot of help and community support, to bring about an innovative solution to our local workforce housing shortage. The proposal is for home ownership of small homes in an secluded eco-friendly development on Drake Road, walking distance to Ganges. […]

Video and Photos: GISS Improv Team Win Canadian Games National Champions

    People & Places    April 23, 2017

The Gulf Islands Secondary School Improv Team won the Canadian Improv Games National Championship in Ottawa last night and were welcomed home on Salt Spring Air dock this evening. Congratulations to the team for all of the hard work! GISS Improv champions return home in style with the GOLD! #saltspring A post shared by Salt […]

Update to Missing Person Case

    People & Places    April 13, 2017

On April 7th, 2017, Salt Spring Island RCMP received additional information in relation to the disappearance of 36 year old man, who was the subject of a missing person’s report in mid- March. This information has resulted in the discovery of human remains off Southey Point, at the northern tip of Salt Spring Island. The […]

2016 Census Report – Salt Spring Population Grows to 10,557

    People & Places    February 8, 2017

The latest Canada Census reporting conducted in 2016 and released today shows that Salt Spring Island, BC population increased 3.2% between 2011 and 2016. Population increased from 10,234 to 10,557 and there are now 5,871 private dwellings on the island. Read the details from Statistics Canada.

Alert: Have you seen 12 yr old Domonic Bogaardt?

    News & Events, People & Places    January 31, 2017

UPDATE: Local RCMP detachment has confirmed that Domonic has now been located and the alert is no longer active. On January 30th at approximately 10:00 am, 12 yr old Domonic Bogaardt was reported missing by a family member. He is currently living on Salt Spring Island and may have taken the ferry back to Victoria. […]

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