Salt Spring Island is a Gulf Island located in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It is the largest, most populous, and most visited Southern Gulf Island. There are regular ferries from the Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the other Gulf Islands. Salt Spring is known for its corky hippie artisans, festivals, and unique island culture.
Salt Spring (along with a few neighbouring Gulf Islands) is Canada's only place with a "Mediterranean climate". The dry summers and mild, wet winters, along with a "rain shadow" that gifts the island with more sun and less rain than the rest of the area. The unique climate and access to fresh seafood, create a unique culinary experience for chefs, farmers, and food lovers alike.