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Salt Spring Island Historical Society

The Salt Spring Historical Society was formed on February 17, 1982 when the following met to create a Society to preserve the History of Salt Spring Island. The founding members of he Society were: Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Holtby, Beth Hill, Daisy Gear, Gerry Layard, Olive Clayton, Brenda Cornwall and Morton Straton.

Since that time a dedicated group of local residents have worked each year to advance the work of the Society and to create programs to reflect and show the varied history and development of Salt Spring Island.

The purposes of our society are to encourage historical research and to stimulate public interest in the History of Salt Spring Island. To promote the preservation and identification of historical sites, relics, natural features and other objects and places of historical interest on Salt Spring Island To publish historical sketches, studies and documents that detail our Historical roots.

To this end the archives were established in 1989 under the guidance of Mary Davidson. The archives has grown to many thousands of pictures documents and maps showing the development of Salt Spring Island. Our archives is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers who operate and manage our collection. This collection can be seen on at our website at or at our office in the public library.


The Society presents monthly meetings featuring historical talks during the months of September, October, November, February, March, April and May.

Our Annual General Meeting is held during our May meeting.  The website provides information on the topics of each of our meetings and the information is also emailed out to members.

Membership in the Salt Spring Island Historical Society gives you the opportunity to support the preservation of Salt Spring Island’s rich history.

Annual membership is $15 per year beginning in September. The membership year is September to May (excluding Dec).

If you would like to be on our e-mail contact list please contact us at

Board of Directors

Position Name Telephone
President Bob McWhirter (250) 537-2194
Treasurer David Toynbee (250) 653-2375
Membership Gail Neumann (250) 537-5021
Director Don Cunningham (250) 537-2893
Director Ross VanWinkel (250) 537-5962
Secretary Barb DuMoulin (250) 537-1338
Archives Christina Marshall (250) 537-2406
Website Coordinator Brian Smallshaw (250) 653-9778
Programs and Publicity Ceridwen Ross Collins (250) 221-1072

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