Getting To Salt Spring Island:
Salt Spring can be reached by ferry or by floatplane. The ferry leaves from Vancouver (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal) on mainland BC and Victoria (Swartz Bay Terminal) on Vancouver Island. The floatplane leaves from Vancouver’s South Terminal in Richmond or from Downtown Vancouver.
From Vancouver International
You can get a shuttle to the South Airport and catch a float plane to Ganges, operated by Seair Seaplanes (800-447-3247, 604-273-8900) or Harbour Air Seaplanes (800-665-0212, 250-537-5525) or Salt Spring Air (877-537-9880, 250-537-9880).
You can also rent a car*, get a bus (Pacific Coach Lines 800-661-1725, 604-662-8074) or get a taxi to take you to the Tsawwassen BC Ferries terminal, just south of the airport (Toll Free US & Canada 1-888-223-3779; 250-381-1401).
BC Ferries have routes that go from the mainland directly to Long Harbour on Salt Spring (this can take up to three hours depending on the sailing), or to Swartz Bay (approx. 1.5 hrs) terminal on Vancouver Island, where you can connect to the 35 minute Fulford Harbour ferry (make sure to ask for a Thru Fare ticket) to Salt Spring.
Please note that if you plan to travel by vehicle from Vancouver directly to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island, reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations can be made directly on the BC Ferries website or by calling 1-888-223-3779.
From Victoria International Airport
You can rent a car and drive, or take a taxi to Swartz Bay (approx. 10 minutes) and take the Fulford Harbour ferry to Salt Spring Island. This is a 35 minute trip. From Fulford Harbour, you can take the community bus (but please check their schedule and rates, as they do not meet every ferry, and take exact change only in Canadian or US funds) or a pre-arranged taxi to your destination or call Sydney or Doug to arrange for someone to pick you up.
If you plan to rent a car on Salt Spring, please book ahead: (Salt Spring Car Rental 1-800 334-6629 or 250-537-3122; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) They will meet you at the Long Harbour Ferry terminal or at the float plane dock in Ganges. If you come into Fulford Harbour, you can most likely catch the community bus (check for schedules and fares—exact change only, Canadian or US funds) or take a taxi to Ganges.
PLEASE NOTE: Cell phone reception is unreliable in certain parts of the island, particularly the Fulford Harbour area.
Helpful links for Salt Spring (and other regional information):
Silver Shadow Taxi: 250-537-3030
Salt Spring Community Bus: 250-538-4282