Special Tour des Iles Events
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.
Indigenous Arts & Crafts Market
wide variety of handmade arts and craft items.
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.
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.
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,
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.
More To Do
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
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
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.