Wednesday, January 2, 2013


I thought I'd start the new year off by telling you some things about this island I live on! Here's some great Salt Spring 'trivia', gleaned from several local websites:

Salt Spring Island is the largest and most populated of the Canadian Gulf Islands; it lies in the sheltered waters off the east coast of Vancouver Island, midway between Victoria and the 'mainland' of BC (and the city of Vancouver). Salt Spring The Island is 15 miles long and 8 miles wide wide. The perimeter is 78 km (48 miles), and the shoreline is 134 km (83 miles).

Population 10,000
Roads 650 km/410 miles
Annual sunshine 2,000 + hours
Annual rainfall 84 cm / 34 inches
Mean Temp. July 17 C / 64 F
Frost free season 9 months
Highest point Mount Bruce 709m 2326ft
Schools 1 high, 1 middle, 4 elem.
Library 1
Farms 225
Public Docks 7
Commercial Marinas 4
Post Offices 3
Movie Theatre 1
Golf Courses 2 Nine-hole courses
Fairgrounds 1
Community Halls 7
Beaches 22

2 Hotels
2 Motels
8 Resorts
40+ Bed & Breakfasts
60+ Self Contained Cottages/Suites

3 Taxis
5 Water Taxi Boats
3 Airlines – all with several float planes
Public transit services with buses

The Coast Guard
Two boats, six permanent and five temporary staff, plus sixteen or more auxiliary volunteers.

Medical care
Ambulance services — one station, two Vehicles, one manager and 32 volunteer paramedics
Lady Minto Hospital — 19 acute- and 31 extended-care beds
Ten general practitioners, and five Specialists
The Greenwoods Intermediate Care Facility
49 regular, one respite, and one overnight respite-beds.

The local RCMP detachment
One Sergeant-in-charge, two corporals, five constables.

Fire Department
Three stations, eight trucks, one emergency response vehicle, four on-staff firefighters, and 31 volunteers.

Farms include: sheep and lamb products, orchards, poultry, certified organic growers, llamas, and cheese. We also have a working abattoir.

Ferry Terminals - three
Long Harbour to the Mainland, Fulford and Vesuvius to Vancouver Island.

Anglican, Baha’i, Buddhist, Mormon, Community Gospel, Eckankar, Jehovah’s Witness, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Unitarian Fellowship, United Church.

GANGES is the 'village' or main settlement on Salt Spring Island, located near the centre of the Island, geographically.The largest concentration of population and ammenities on the island is Ganges. There are two shopping areas, one by the ocean, a second just a few blocks away. There are small townhome clusters, a Lions and a Kiwanis Village for the elderly, and a retirement modular home development. 

There are three other communities with stores and restaurants: Fulford in Fulford Harbour to the south, Vesuvius near Vesuvius Bay to the west and Fernwood on the east coast.

All I know is that I just keep loving it here!

1 comment:

Kris said...

Very interesting! Salt Spring has always been one of those places that I have wanted to visit!