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Biking -- Although Salt Spring has the best network of paved roads, it's not the best island for cycling. With ferries unleashing cars throughout the day, there's a lot more traffic here than you'd expect. However, these same ferries -- plus the Gulf Islands Water Taxi -- make Salt Spring a convenient base for cyclists. For rentals (starting at C$25 a day), contact Salt Spring Adventure Co., at the Saltspring Marina in Ganges Harbour (tel. 877/537-2764 or 250/537-2764; www.saltspringadventures.com).

Hiking -- Ruckle Provincial Park (www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks), on the southeast corner of the island, is the largest provincial park in the Gulf Islands; its entrance is 10km (6 1/4 miles) from the Fulford Harbour ferry terminal on Beaver Point Road. Eight kilometers (5 miles) of trails wind through forests to rocky headlands where the tide-pool exploring is excellent; some trails are designated for mountain bikes. Ruckle Park is also the only public campground on Salt Spring.

Kayaking -- Island Escapades, 163 Fulford-Ganges Rd. (tel. 888/529-2567 or 250/537-2553; www.islandescapades.com), offers a 2-hour introduction to kayaking on the placid waters of Cusheon Lake, for C$50, with guided 3-hour ocean tours for C$65. Salt Spring Adventure Co. offers kayak rentals in addition to instruction and guided tours. A 2-hour double kayak rental is C$50. Sea Otter Kayaking, 149 Lower Ganges Rd. (tel. 877/537-5678; www.seaotterkayaking.com), offers a number of guided day-trips (C$115 including lunch) and also multiday expeditions to more remote islands.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.