12 Reasons to Usher in the New Year on Salt Spring Island in January 2017 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events Experience winter on Salt Spring Island this January! Take in the quaint countryside and village atmosphere with mild West Coast weather which offers breathtaking views and quite days perusing lovely shops, sampling local delights at restaurants and amazing art. Warm up in a cafe with local hot apple cider and enjoy long winter evenings in front of a roaring fire while enjoying the restorative power of this beautiful part of the world! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> January 2017 Events and Ideas on Salt Spring Island Polar Bear Swim | Sunday 1st | 12:00pm | Vesuvius Bay Beach | Plunge into the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean with dozens of other 'chill' seekers during this hallowed New Years Day tradition! Dress warmly and take a winter walk along a beach! Storms can wash ashore a plethora of shells and interesting beach debris to sift through for unique treasures. Visit Price Road Beach to scour the sand for interesting shells and sand dollars or hike to Jack Foster Beach East where the occasional moon snail shell can be found during low tide. Raffi – 40th Anniversary Concert | Sunday 8th | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 | See Raffi at ArtSpring Theatre for his 40th Anniversary Concert! Baby Beluga, Down by the Bay, Bananaphone and many more Raffi favourites! GISS Drama: 1984 | Thursday 12th - Wednesday 13th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 | This dramatic production by Gulf Island Secondary School students is based on George Orwell’s novel 1984. Vetta Presents Sea and Sky | Saturday 14th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $20 | Join us for an evening of 20th century music with the Sea and Sky Ensemble featuring Jane Hayes (piano), François Houle (clarinet), and Joan Blackman (violin). Enjoy the following concert repertoire: Stravinsky Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella) for violin and piano; Khatchaturian Trio for clarinet, violin and piano; Piazzolla L’Histoire du Tango; and Schoenfeld Trio for violin, clarinet and piano. Winter weather brings magical natural creations know as frost flowers. See these delicate icy creations in 'bloom' along the Dunbabin Trail after cold winter nights. Salt Spring Island is the perfect mid-winter getaway - find your perfect accommodation with features including wood stoves and hot tubs to enjoy the tranquil island experience that only a January visit can offer. Explore the island from sea to sky, from studio to farm stand and quiet countryside to quaint village atmosphere. See why thousands of people are drawn to this beautiful island! Salt Spring Folk Club Presents: Alex Cuba Trio | Monday 23rd | 7:00pm | Fulford Community Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. Put your best foot forward and hike it on Salt Spring in January! Although snow falls a few times a year in the winter months, the Island offers lots of winter sun to enjoy the many of the beautiful trails throughout the rare Garry Oak Ecosystem. From sea to sky there is something for everyone! See our hikes list to pick the one that suits you! Check out some of our favourites such as the Boulder Field Trail at Burgoyne Bay or the Channel Ridge Trail Network. Jimmy Rankin: Mary Winspear Centre Presents | Sunday 29th | 2:00pm to 4:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $31 | After cutting his teeth on stages and dance halls in and around his Cape Breton Island home, Jimmy Rankin has established himself as one of the most entertaining and respected artists in the Canadian recording industry. His career boasts numerous #1 radio hits, multi-platinum album sales, international success and a shelf overflowing with industry awards for his work as front man for Celtic-Pop heroes, The Rankin Family and as a much-loved solo singer songwriter. Among others, Jimmy has toured and recorded with the likes of Keith Urban, John Prine, Alison Krauss and The Chieftains. Rankin’s authentic nature and enduring musical career have earned him the status of Canadian cultural icon and ambassador for Cape Breton’s Celtic music sound. Canadian Guitar Quartet | Monday 30th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $28 | Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in Europe, and North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next. The Quartet has established a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. Spot the first lamb of the season! January and February are about the time when the first lambs appear on the farm fields of Salt Spring - try the Harbour House Hotel and Organic Farm! Other great spots to see lambs - Hereford Farm on Beaverpoint Road, Ruckle Farm, Fulford Valley, North End Farm and the southern shores of St. Mary Lake.