Salt Spring Island Events

Salt Spring Island, the largest and most populous of the Southern Gulf Islands, is looking forward to the participants of the Tour des Iles. Visit Salt Spring Tourism at

Special Tour des Iles Events

Salt Spring Island Saturday Market

What’s so special about this market? The homespun guarantee of course! Vendors must “make it, bake it, or grow it” themselves, and all products must be “vendor produced and sold”.

Where: The market is oceanside at Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges on Salt Spring Island

When: Each Saturday, from either the first weekend in April or Easter weekend (whichever comes first) through the last Saturday in October. From approximately 9:00am – 4:00pm, rain or shine. 

Salt Spring Photo Fest

“While visiting Salt Spring Island, make sure to drop in to Photofest which runs from 13-26 June (Formal opening 14 June). The Photosynthesis collective, the Salt Spring Photography Club and a host of other photographers, galleries and local businesses on Salt Spring will be combining efforts to feature the work of over 50 photographers in more than 30 venues. A map will be available as you disembark to help you navigate the festival. See for details.”


One Day Art Sale at Rotary Park - Saturday June 22, 2019

Indigenous Arts & Crafts Market 

On Saturday June 22, the Salt Spring United Church meadow will be abuzz with Indigenous artists and crafters showcasing their work. The First Nations Connection Group of the Salt Spring Island United Church is pleased to support our Indigenous neighbours by hosting this market where all islanders and tourists have the opportunity to meet, appreciate and shop. The Artists and Craftspeople will be coming from all over Coast Salish territory bringing a
wide variety of handmade arts and craft items.


Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club

What: Enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club


Self Guided Tours

There are many self guided tours available on the island.

Explore Salt Spring by local BC Transit bus

This is an easy way to get to Salt Spring Vineyards, Garry Oak Vineyards, Salt Spring Ales, and the south-end village of Fulford Harbour; to Vesuvius beach, and the Seaside restaurant at the Vesuvius ferry landing; and to Fernwood dock on the north east side of SSI where you will find the Twig and Bouy restaurant with it’s outdoor pizza garden, and the Fernwood cafe. 

Pick up bus schedule upon arrival in Ganges. 

Bittencourt Museum

What: For all you museum buffs, a collection of memorabilia from the early days of inhabited Salt Spring island, housed in a heritage farmhouse. 

When: Open Friday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Farmers Institute grounds on Rainbow Road, approximately 25 minute walk from Ganges town.


Japanese Charcoal Kilns

What: An archaeological restoration of a Japanese Charcoal Kiln dating from the early 1900s. Similar kilns have been found on Galiano and Mayne and were needed to make the charcoal used for soldering cans in the Fraser River’s booming salmon canneries. A 68 page booklet Island Forest Embers: The Japanese Canadian Charcoal Kilns of the Southern Gulf Islands will be available for viewing or purchase at the welcome table on SSI.

When: Open daily

Where: Mouat Park in Ganges, an easy walk from the dock.

Contact: Rumiko Kanesaka, Japanese Garden Society of SSI,


Additional Activities

SSI offers a wide variety of activities for all tastes. Go kayaking, go paddle boarding, rent a bike or a scooter and explore on your own. Rent a car for the day, take a walk through nearby Mouat park, or down to Churchill beach.  Go swimming at our local pool (walking distance from Ganges).

Ask for information at the welcome table.

Book an island tour with the very knowledgeable and entertaining Jason of Tour Salt Spring.  He can be reached at  250-538-7307.

Book a history and mystery tour of Ganges, exploring the woods of Mouat Park at twilight, with Kaeli, in period costume, sharing tales of the early history of SSI. 

More To Do

JUNE 21:

5:30pm Susan Benson: Art, Craft and Design on Stage – Book Launch at Mahon Hall
6 pm Sharon Bailey at Woodley’s
7pm Marianne Grittani at the Treehouse Cafe
7:30pm Karaoke at the Legion
9pm Blanky at Moby’s Pub

JUNE 22:

Saturday Market
10am Indigenous Market at United Church Meadow
10am Tour de Rock Meet and Greet at Saturday Market
6pm Carla Olive at Woodley’s
7pm Tom Hooper at the Treehouse Cafe
9pm Everyday People at Moby’s Pub

JUNE 23:

12pm Free Pool & Snooker at the Legion
2pm The Group of Six, Forms in Nature – Art Talk at Mahon Hall
3:30pm Sunday Satsang at Salt Spring Centre of Yoga
4pm Love Of the Salish Sea Islands – Book Launch at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve
7pm Peter Prince at the Treehouse Cafe


Artspring and other locations in Ganges: 10am-4pm Photosynthesis Photography Show//Lobby Exhibit: Erin Cleal

Art Events and Gallery Tours

Tour the many remarkable art and craft galleries in the town of Ganges. Several have special exhibits on Tour des Iles weekend. Pick up your gallery map at the welcome table.