17 Romantic Reasons to Experience Salt Spring Island in February 2016 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events February is a wonderful time to visit Salt Spring Island. The calm before the summer rush, there is a quite romance on the Island with visitors enchanted by delicious locally grown and made foodstuffs, enchanting bed & breakfasts, adorable newborn lambs and spectacular scenery without the hustle and bustle of the summer season. Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> February 2016 Events & Ideas on Salt Spring Island Have fun on Family Day! February 6th to 8th is a three day weekend for British Colombians – take the opportunity to explore Salt Spring Island and enjoy the blossoms or take the kids to see the Kerplunks at Mahon Hall on February 8th at 2:00pm. Go on a mini farm tour to spot brand new lambs and goats, enjoy the family friendly atmosphere or pick up a puzzle or game at West of the Moon toy store to play in front of a crackling fire with a hot chocolate! Maple Syrup Day | Sunday 21st | 10:00am to 4:00pm| Harbour House Hotel & Organic Farm: 121 Upper Ganges Road | Learn how to tap local maple trees, see the wood fired evaporator in action and enjoy maple syrup drenched pancakes as well as samples of delicious Bigleaf maple syrup from years past along with a special maple menu! Like the sweet stuff? You can also head off Island for a day trip to the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan for the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival | Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th | 10:00am to 4:00pm | which showcases this sweet British Columbia export with sap collecting and syrup making demonstrations, tastings, a maple market, maple goodies, competitions, entertainment and more! Seedy Saturday | Saturday 13th | 10:00am to 3:00pm | Farmers Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Get your seeds (buy or trade!) for spring at Salt Spring Island’s 21st Annual Seedy Saturday with the theme ‘Breakfast in Beds’. The Salt Spring Forum: 5th Anniversary Featuring Lawrence Martin | Saturday 13th | 6:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15 - $20 | The Salt Spring Forum celebrates its 5th birthday by welcoming back the very first Forum speaker, Globe & Mail National Affairs Columnist and author Lawrence Martin. After a discussion on Canadian politics with Martin in the ArtSpring theatre, be sure to stay for a reception in the gallery. Valentines Weekend Saturday Market | Saturday 13th | 9:00am to 3:00pm | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Lower Ganges Road | Let your love show by taking your sweetheart to a special Saturday Market - peruse arts and crafts made by local artisans and enjoy the festive atmosphere! February Festival Indoor Salt Spring Market | Saturday 20th | 9:00am to 4:00pm | Farmers Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Free Admission | Experience one of Salt Spring Island's famous Saturday Markets - indoors! Check out the family fun intermingled with local artisans, food and entertainment! First Nations Cultural Day | Sunday 21st | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Admission by Donation | Immerse yourself in Salt Spring Islands First Nations heritage at the inaugural First Nations Cultural Day at Mahon Hall. Activities include a drumming circle, stories, music, films and guest speakers. Romance the Weekend Away at a Local Bed & Breakfast! Take your loved one on a romantic escape to one of Salt Spring Island’s many spectacular cottages or suites and enjoy the romantic atmosphere with locally sourced fine foods in front of a roaring fire. Feast on a Romantic Meal! Check out our ‘Where to Eat‘ directory and explore all the fine foods Salt Spring has to offer! Check out some of our favourites: House Piccolo, Auntie Pesto’s and Rock Salt Restaurant among a few! Enjoy a Romantic Picnic! Pick up some picnic staples at Salt Spring Island Cheese, Salt Spring Wild Cider, Salt Spring Island Ales, Salt Spring Vineyards, Garry Oaks Winery, Mistaken Identity Vineyards as well as Barb’s Buns, Natureworks and Harlan’s Chocolates & Gelatos! Present your loved ones with a special treat from the Rendezvous Patisserie (4-126 Lower Ganges Road) whose intricate cookies and delectable baked goods are perfect for any occasion! Take a Hike on the Romantic Side! Take a quiet walk in the woods or explore some of the island’s unique ecosystems and enjoy the beauty of Salt Spring. Some suggestions – check out Ruckle Provincial Park, Channel Ridge and Mount Erskine (what love is hidden behind those elf doors!). Take a Romantic Seaside Stroll along one of Salt Spring Beaches! Comb for shells and tiny crabs along Fernwood Point, walk along rocky shores on Zach Beach and Yeo Point Beach or explore some unique rock formations at Baker Beach or Southey Point Beach. Smooch by the Sunset! Enjoy a sunning Salt Spring sunset at various locales including Vesuvius Beach, Arbutus Beach, and atop Mount Maxwell Provincial Park (and maybe after dark you might even catch a glimpse of a shooting star!) Salt Spring Folk Club Presents: Lynn Miles | Monday 22nd | 7:00pm | Fulford Community Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | Enjoy the musical stylings of Canadian singer-songwriter Lynn Miles who has received multiple awards including a Juno Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards! Monad Dance Project: Paradise Lost? | Wednesday 24th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $15 | Taking inspiration from Milton’s poem Paradise Lost and the life cycles of St. Mary Lake, this event aims to raise further awareness for the urgent need to preserve this invaluable resource (water) on our island. It creatively reflects on humankind’s environmental impact, the consequences and possible solutions. ALSO: Check out what's happening at the 'February Festival' - musical and arts performances around the island.