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before a pathway was built to the right of the photo, separate from the road


Typical roads leading to Ganges village: busy and often winding with narrow shoulders, difficult and dangerous for people walking and wheeling to and from town.

Churchill Road Pathway


We build off-road, multi-use pathways along well-used routes. The majority of users are on foot or have mobility aids. Cyclists enjoy them, too, without any reports to date of conflicts.

Since 2007, Island Pathways has been spearheading the construction of off-road pedestrian and bicycle pathways parallelling busy roads in the Ganges area. By 2015-16, everyone living within walking distance of town can leave their car at home and walk or wheel to safely reach their downtown destinations. Island Pathways has partnered with the agencies listed below to build, by 2013, $500,000 worth of pathway infrastructure, with just 12.5% of costs from taxpayer funds. These are MOTI-CRD owned and maintained community assets. Help us continue to make Salt Spring safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorized wheelchair users by donating to the “Step up” campaign.
Throughout the years we’ve had many generous friends, donors, and partners contribute, and we thank each and every one of you!
Every bit of financial support helps and is most appreciated:
  1. Web: PayPal (click here or the image above to go to our PayPal page)
  2. E-mail: gellam ‘at’
  3. Call: 250-537-four eight five nine
  4. Mail: Box 684, Ganges PO, Salt Spring Island, BC  V8K 2W3
Volunteers and in-kind donations are also vital. If interested, please use the above contacts.
Salt Spring Pathways Project – video by Peter Prince
Partners Creating Pathways – video Matt Williamson, Island Pathways 2012 summer intern
Please check out our Resources & Supporters webpage for a linked list of our contributors.
Of course, none of this work would be possible without our amazing team of volunteers! We have fun building safe and beautiful pathways.
Please enjoy some photos and newsletter reports of our projects from present back to the first pathway built in 2008.
2015 Pathway along Rainbow Road, from Atkins Road past the Farmer’s Institue

Click here to read our 2015 Spring newsletter report on the pathway’s beginnings, see page 3.
Click here to read our 2015 Spring newsletter report on the completed pathway
, page 1.

opening celebration, 2105 Fall Fair, September 19-20

2015 Pathway Ganges Harbour’s End

This pathway was particularly challenging and rewarding to build, because it came with an innovative infrastructure requirement,  the condition of a very generous grant from Capital Regional District Active Transportation funds. PCP added a solar-powered kiosk by designer and new volunteer Phillip Van Horn, which houses three interpretive panels: 1. Ganges Harbour as a First Nations site, 2. as it’s been used by newcomers since the 1850s, and 3. Island Pathways award-winning Heritage and Bike Routes Maps of Salt Spring Island and the Ganges Village Pathway Network.

Click here to read our 2016 Winter newsletter report on the 2015 October 24, opening celebration, see page 2.

Click here to read our 2015 Winter newsletter report on the pathway’s beginnings, see page 2.

Click here to read our 2015 Spring newsletter report on the completed pathway, see page 2.

2014 Pathway from Churchill Road to Leisure Lane

Click here to read our 2014 Spring newsletter report on the Churchill to Leisure Lane pathway.

2105 October 24, opening celebration of this section, plus Harbour’s End and the new solar-lit kiosk.

2011 Pathway Upper Ganges Road from Moby’s to Churchill Road

Click here to read our 2011 Fall newsletter report on the opening of this pathway.

2010 Aiden’s Blackburn Road Pathway

Island Pathways didn’t build a pathway this year, but encouraged and supported this wonderful initiative spearheaded by a 10-year-old Salt Spring Centre School student. Click on the image to read a PDF of it.

2009 Pathways (1) Crofton Rd, (2) Blain Rd, and (3) along Atkins from Lower Ganges to Sharp Rd

Click here to read a 2009 Fall newsletter report about these pathways.

2008 Pathway Lower Ganges Road from Wildwood to Blain

Click here to read our 2008 Fall newsletter report on our first pathway.