PLAN

Be anyone. Try anything. Or do nothing.

You are visiting the Southern Gulf Islands, lands within traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) First Nations and Hul’quimi’num Treaty Group. 

Most of us who live here are settlers and we take stewardship of these sensitive ecosystems to heart. It’s important that you do too when you visit. We like regenerative tourism. It means we want to give back more than we take when we travel.

Towards a longer, gentler visitor season.

Stakeholders, including the Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), the Southern Gulf Islands – Community Economic Sustainability Commission (SGI CESC), the Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Chambers of Commerce and the local Capital Regional District, worked together to gain the support of the majority of our Region’s commercial tourism accommodators and tourism sector for the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT). Beginning September 1, 2019, the MRDT began to boost year-round revenues dedicated to supporting the region’s management of the travel sector.

Be Prepared

Some pro tips from locals about how to start living a regenerative island life:

  • Water is a precious resource. Limit running water unnecessarily. Shorter showers. Tactical dishwashing.
  • Habitats and ecosystems are fragile. Take only photographs and leave only footprints. Stay on the trails and clean up after pets.
  • The Salish Sea needs conservation. Distance yourself from marine mammals and don’t anchor in eelgrass areas. Explore intertidal zones but replace any rocks you move for the little creatures underneath can keep living.
  • There is no room for garbage. Minimize garbage and recycle by learning about local recycling programs. Better yet, take it with you.
  • Our forests are susceptible to fire. Know local fire restrictions. Never leave a fire unattended and please don’t throw cigarette butts on the ground or smoke in parks.
  • Fishing and hunting is regulated. Get a license and know the regulations and conservation areas.
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Choose local

We work hard to build creative enterprises to serve our community. When you support us, you help us be here for our neighbours and make a living. Thank you!

TREAD LIGHTLY

Leave only your footprints, gently, in the sand or the forest. The Southern Gulf Islands are special places and all of us, residents and visitors alike, must be stewards of these fragile ecosystems. Our challenge to ourselves and all who enjoy these spaces is to find ways to give back more than we take. Be part of our commitment to regeneration.