Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias)

Witness Salt Spring Island’s Natural Splendor

Seal family lounging on the docksWildlife viewing is one of the major perks of a visit to Salt Spring Island.

The ideal destination for a bird watching vacation or whale watching trip.

Spot seals basking on the seashore, and deer happily munching vegetation pretty much everywhere! The birds start their songs in the early morning hours and evenings are ushered in by the soothing sound of a frog chorus.

Wildlife photography opportunities abound on and around Salt Spring Island. Take a hike or rent a boat or kayak for a memorable wildlife viewing nature tour. Each destination you journey to will offer a unique glimpse of the unspoiled natural world on Salt Spring Island.


Heron fishing in the oceanA closer look at some of the fascinating species that live on and around Salt Spring Island.

Some other wildlife you may see…

  • Stellar’s and California sea lions
  • Harbor seals
  • Whales (Grey, Humpback & Orcas)
  • Dall’s and Harbour porpoises
  • raccoons
  • weasels
  • mink
  • deer


Environmental and wildlife conservation are critical elements in keeping the unspoiled wilderness on Salt Spring just that… UNspoiled. If you’re visiting the island, please keep your impact on the environment to a minimum. Please observe these basic guidelines for wildlife conservation.


An occasional bear or cougar does venture over to our quiet island. They most often swim across the Sansum Narrows to find food. Cougar populations are extremely high on Vancouver Island so competition for food is fierce. At low tide, the swim is quite short and the bounty of deer and livestock on Saltspring offers a lifetime reward for making the journey.

Wildlife officers (with the help of locals) track these animals and the public is alerted through local communications and kept abreast of the visiting animal’s activities and location. So, although these occurrences are rare, it does happen and you should be aware of that when you visit the island.