Salt Spring Island (also known as Saltspring Island) is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia between mainland British Columbia, Canada and Vancouver Island.
The island is known for its diverse culture, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities it affords. Many notable Canadians live on the island, including Robert Bateman, who lives there with his second wife  Birgit Freybe Bateman.
Salt Spring Island offers several challenging hiking trails. Two of the most challenging hiking trails in the Gulf Islands are found on the rough and windy trails that lead to the summit regions of both Bruce Peak 709 meters (2,326 feet) above sea level, and Mount Tuam 602 meters (1,975 feet)above sea level. These 2 mountain peaks are the tallest points of land on the Southern Gulf Islands. Other short hikes can also be found on the island. One of these is the 2.5 km long trek to the summit of Mount Erskine which is 441 metre above sea level. Salt Spring Island is the largest, most populous, and the most frequently visited of the Southern Gulf Islands.
The island was initially inhabited by various Salishan peoples before being settled by pioneers in 1859, at which time it was officially called Admiral Island. It was the first of the Gulf Islands to be settled and the first agricultural settlement on the islands in the Colony of Vancouver Island, as well as the first island in the region to permit settlers to acquire land through pre-emption. The island was retitled to its current name in 1910.