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 www.saltspringtourism.com

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 saltspringphotofest.com for details.”
 

 

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 archeological 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,
info@saltspringjapanesegarden

 
 

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. 

Music Scene

Check back soon for information

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. 

Art Craft 

 

Mahon Hall

114 Rainbow Rd

Open 10 AM to 5 PM daily

On Stage: Artcraft 50: a show featuring the Five Guilds on SSI, Potters, Weavers,                Basketmakers, Jewellers, and Painters

Outside : Youth murals 

Dragonfly Arts  

155 Rainbow Road
Open Sunday 24 June, noon to 4 PM
Tel: 250-537-1151

First annual Artists in the Garden show. A group of local artists showing their work in a garden setting, with live music, baked goods, refreshments,  and lively conversation.

 

Duthie Gallery 

Corner of Churchill road and Upper Ganges Road
Open 10 AM to 5 PM

Art, Beverages and Bakery
   See the new Florence Roberge exhibit, then relax on the terrace with a beverage and sampling of fresh baked bread from their new outdoor brick oven!

Salt Spring Gallery 

135 McPhillips
Open 10 AM to 5 PM daily

Beyond Flowers, painting and ceramic art
      Susan Haigh and Diana Thompson

 

Pod Contemporary Gallery

Downtown Ganges
Open 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Group show of local artists and contemporary clothing

 

Gallery 8 

Grace Point Square
Open 10 AM to 5 PM

 

 

Dennis Weed, Jerry Davidson, JD Evans and Stephanie Hastie

 

Venter Gallery 

Grace Point Square
Open 10 AM to 5 PM

Showing the work of Kathy and Deon Venter

 

Fault Lines Gallery 

Grace Point Square
Open 11 AM to 5 PM

Show of paintings by John MacDonald

 

Steffich Gallery 

Grace Point Square
Open 10 AM to 5 PM