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Salt Spring Island is the largest of the Canadian Gulf Islands, sheltered in the lee of Vancouver Island, a short hop across the Salish Sea from Vancouver and the rest of Canada. It boasts a "quasi-Mediterranean" climate that is warmer, sunnier and dryer than one might expect. But it is not just its unique location or climate that makes Salt Spring Island such a special place to live. It is so much more, it is something almost intangible about this island, its people and its unique environment.
Salt Spring is special simply by virtue of being an island. Only having access by ferry, private boat or float plane imbues the island with a unique feeling. When you are here, you are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, but you can return in as little as a 30 minute float plane trip or a few short hours by ferry. From any site on the island you are never more than a few minutes from the oceanside, a hike through the forest to a spectacular viewpoint, a farm to visit to buy fresh local food, or the conveniences of the bustling Ganges centre with its restaurants, galleries, services, the World Famous Saturday Market, and now the Tuesday Farmer's Market. Whether you prefer to grow your own food, or nurture exotic plant species, Salt Spring Island can be a gardener's paradise. If your spirit longs for the water, launch your kayak, stand up paddleboard or sailboat from any one of a number of convenient locations. A golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an indoor swimming pool offer other options. Salt Spring also offers a full service hospital, state of the art library, high school, middle school and several elementary schools.
Perhaps it is the people of Salt Spring Island that make it special. A unique blend of urban sophisticates, bohemian artists, farmers, families and retirees make up the population of approximately 10,000 people. A colourful melding of the pioneer families with the newer arrivals keeps the island vibrant and interesting. The tie that binds all these diverse personalities together is a love for the island lifestyle and a desire to protect the environment that makes it such a blessed place to live.
Norman Rothwell has lived on Salt Spring since 1969. Myles Wilson arrived in 1980. They both chose to make this special place their home, and raise their families here. Norman began selling Real Estate on Salt Spring in 1986, and Myles in 1991. Together they have spent a combined total of over 50 years assisting Buyers and Sellers to make their island dreams come true. Let the professional experienced team of Rothwell Wilson help you find your piece of this special place.