Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Gulf Islands, lies between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Three ferry boat routes and several floatplanes provide regular access. All the necessities and most of the amenities are available in the seaside village of Ganges. In addition to live music, and theatre there are many wonderful restaurants and fascinating shops. The Salt Spring climate is moderate year round; one of the sunniest spots in the pacific northwest. The Island has mountains, oceans marinas, beaches, and lakes, lush fir and cedar forests, orchards, and farms, parks, golf courses, and superb views everywhere -- no end of opportunities to explore by foot, bicycle, boat or car. The island is home to many artists and artisans, whose studios are often open to the public. Salt Spring, a renowned art community, boasts several galleries, and the famous weekend craft markets.