Boaters can explore the sheltered waterways and the popular marine parks nestled amongst the Gulf Islands – a dazzling playground for kayakers and pleasure boats, both large and small. Summer on Salt Spring Island sees many cruising sailboats from the US, which usually stop in on their trip through the British Columbia Gulf islands and the US San Juan Islands.

Few cruising grounds in the world can match British Columbia’s coastline for stunning scenery: majestic fjords, half-hidden inlets, and hundreds of islands. And to complete this perfect picture, a temperate climate!

The May long weekend features the annual Round Salt Spring Island sailboat race, one of the premier races in British Columbia. The race is put on by the Salt Spring Island Sailing Club, and attracts over 100 yachts from British Columbia and neighbouring Washington State. Few will challenge the organizer’s claim that Round Salt Spring offers magnificent scenery. The 42-mile route is very challenging, with strong tidal streams and tricky winds rolling off the Vancouver Island mountains.