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Fundraising for Lady Minto Hospital has always been a vital activity in the hospital’s history.

Lady Mary Minto, Founder of Cottage Hospitals
Wife of Governor General of Canada 1898-1904
Photo courtesy of National Archives of Canada

Lady Minto herself was a prominent philanthropist who instituted a fund for the building of cottage hospitals in remote districts across the country. The Guild of Sunshine was the forerunner of the Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary on Salt Spring Island and the first organization to begin fundraising. When the six-bed hospital opened in 1914, the Guild had already donated $600 to the building fund (a considerable sum of money in those days).

“I hope that in all the exuberance of youth and prosperity you will never forget the old folks at home, the parents of us all, possibly old-fashioned, possibly not catching on to the new ideas as quickly as you do, but full of responsibility, full of the hard-earned experiences of many generations, and thank God, as strong as ever still.”

Lord Minto, 1929

“Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital, Salt Spring Island – A History”
by Charles Kahn and Sue Mouat, published by Salt Spring Press 2007

 This is a story of a caring, generous community that very early on recognized the need for the local provision of reliable, high-quality health care. Beginning with a group of high-powered women and a benevolent doctor who provided land and leadership to establish the first small hospital on Salt Spring Island for all of the Gulf Islands, the hospital has benefited from many determined, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individuals and groups who have alternately taken leadership and supporting roles in providing a small community with a first-class facility.

This little book pays tribute to some of these people and groups as it tells the fascinating story of how much can be accomplished as a result of hard work and sheer determination. Of course, the story does not end here: it is ongoing, as the hospital continues to grow to serve an ever-larger population. The book is well illustrated with photos and full of anecdotes from a wide variety of islanders.

To order a copy, please contact Charles Kahn at 537-1899, or email him at The cost of the book is $20 plus $5 for shipping and handling and $1.50 G.S.T. The total cost is $26.50.  All net proceeds are being donated to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation.

The following services are available:

Emergency Department – A group of family doctors takes calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. BC Ambulance can transfer patients by ferry or helicopter.

Obstetrics – Midwives provide low risk obstetric services with nursing support

Psychiatry – Lady Minto has a quiet room for psychiatric services

Residential Care – The Lady Minto ECU shares a building with a 20 bed Acute Care Unit and includes a multi-function lounge with a well-equipped kitchen, fireplace, piano, large-screen television and tables for dining and for games. There is a patio/garden area immediately outside the lounge. Visiting services include: hairdresser, dental hygienist, podiatrist and church services.

Laboratory Services – available Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 2:00 pm.  Closed Statutory Holidays.  Island Health Laboratory Call Centre250.370.8355 or 1.866.370.8355

Medical Imaging – services include Fluoroscopy, Radiology (X-ray), Ultrasound (US).

  • Hours of Operation: Front Desk and Booking Line: 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Fluoroscopy (for joint injections only) Monday/Wednesday/Thursday by appointment;
  • Radiology 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 Monday toFriday (outpatients by appointment only);
  • Ultrasound 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday

Lady Minto also provides Endoscopy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, and Internal Medicine Services

For more information about the Lady Minto Hospital, visit the ISLAND HEALTH website at