Salt Spring is the largest and most populated of the southern
Gulf Islands with approximately 12,000 residents. The Coast Salish
peoples have inhabited the Gulf Islands for thousands of years but
the first non-native inhabitants did not arrive until 1859.
Salt Spring Island was named for fourteen natural salt
springs located on its northern end and remnants of the original
springs can still be found today.
The mild climate, sunny days, relaxing scenery, and close
proximity to major centers on Vancouver Island and the mainland of
BC has made Salt Spring a favorite with writers, artists,
vacationers and others looking for a less hectic lifestyle.
Ganges, in the center east of the Island is the largest town.