17 Reasons to Fall in Love with Salt Spring Island in February 2018 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events February is the season of love on the south west coast of British Columbia - an ideal time to visit Salt Spring Island! Enjoy the region's early Spring weather while watching the antics of the newborn farm animals or checking out February Festival events across the Island. Experience the quiet beauty of an island filled with artisans and entrepreneurs in one of the most special places in Canada! Whether romance or relaxation, experience Salt Spring Island in February! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> February 2018 Events & Ideas on Salt Spring Island Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble | Monday 5th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Born in Montreal in 1925 in the working-class neighbourhood of Little Burgundy, Oscar Peterson became one of the most important pianists in the history of jazz. The Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to Canada’s Oscar Peterson with Rémi Bolduc on saxophone, Fraser Hollins on double bass, Dave Laing on drums, and special guest pianist Taurey Butler. Seedy Saturday | Saturday 10th | 10:00am to 3:00pm | Farmers Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Get your seeds (buy or trade!) for spring at Salt Spring Island’s 23rd Annual Seedy Saturday! Salty Flea Market | Sunday 11th | 10:00am to 2:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $2 | Peruse and shop for all things vintage, second-hand and homemade. Featuring delicious food & beverages, live music & more! Browse the Salt Spring Arts Council calendar and explore the arts with over a dozen workshops to choose from for all ages in the month of February - from print making to making masks to painting and much more! Have fun on Family Day! February 10th to 12th is a three day weekend for British Columbians – take the opportunity to explore Salt Spring Island! Take the kids to enjoy the Family Day Celebration at Mahon Hall (114 Rainbow Road) on February 12th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for crafts, face painting, food and entertainment by folk pop band e.s.l.! Also, 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! Romance the Weekend Away at a Local Bed & Breakfast or Hotel! Take your loved one on a romantic escape to one of Salt Spring Island’s many spectacular cottages or suites (or hotels!) 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! Or, why not 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! 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, Mount Erskine (what love is hidden behind those elf doors!) and Mount Maxwell Provincial Park! Take a Romantic Seaside Stroll along one of Salt Spring Beaches! Comb for shells, sand dollars and tiny crabs along Fernwood Point or Price Road Beach, 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 and Arbutus Beach (and maybe after dark you might even catch a glimpse of a shooting star!) Speak To Me Like You Love Me | Friday 17th (10:00am to 4:00pm) & Saturday 18th (10:00am to 3:00pm) | Golden Tree Farm: 150 Suffolk Road | $395-$500 | Explore a revolutionary approach to speaking up, establishing rapport and resolving differences. Radically shift your experience of communication with this liberating, transformational and dynamic practice rooted in spiritual and emotional intelligence. Break through limiting thought and speech patterns established through social conditioning, and replace them with a powerful way of communicating that is deeply satisfying, life honouring and creatively liberating. Indoor Salt Spring Market | Saturday 17th | 9:00am to 3:00pm | 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! Jan Lisiecki | Sunday 18th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$40 | Just 22 years old, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. Every single note has significance, like words in a poem that Jan masterfully interprets with magnificent talent. Rolston String Quartet | Tuesday 20th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | First Prize laureate of the prestigious 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet has become Canada’s newest ensemble attracting attention on the international stage, performing across Canada, the United States and Europe. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: Lennie Gallant | Monday 26th | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | Tickets for sale at Salt Spring Books | Lennie Gallant is an award winning Canadian singer-songwriter and instrumentalist from Prince Edward Island. His music crosses into the folk, Celtic, rock and country music genres, while celebrating the musical heritage of his home province. MM Contemporary Dance | Tuesday 27th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | | $5-$25 | Enjoy Rite of Spring and Bolero choreographed and directed by Michele Merola. AN OFF ISLAND SWEET TREAT: visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan for the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival | Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th | 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! ALSO: Check out what else is happening during the month long February Festival!