11 Ways to Ring in the New Year on Salt Spring Island in January 2018 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events Celebrate the start of a new year and explore the winter season on Salt Spring Island this January! Take in the quaint countryside and village atmosphere with mild West Coast weather. 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 special place. Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> January 2018 Events and Ideas on Salt Spring Island Polar Bear Swim | Sunday 1st | 12:00pm | Vesuvius Bay Beach | Start the New Year with a (chilly) thrill! Plunge into the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean with dozens of other 'chill' seekers during this hallowed New Years Day tradition! 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! 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 - when the snow line creeps down, be sure to take your snowshoes to Mount Maxwell to explore the trails! GISS Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher | Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th | 7:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15 | Before Wendy, Tinker Bell or Captain Hook – there was the Neverland, a slow ship on its way to the magical kingdom of Rundoon. Aboard is 13 year old Molly Aster, three filthy orphans and a trunk full of magical starstuff, all being pursued by a second ship full of tyrannical pirates. Through devilish seas, amidst tropical kings, Molly forms a friendship with a nameless orphan boy that will come to change her life forever. Along the way we meet mermaids, savages, Lords appointed by the Queen and with the help of a crew of seafaring salt junkies, we find the simple sailing becomes a perilous adventure! Victoria Baroque | Sunday 14th | 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $30 | A riot of fiery and virtuosic works by Italian baroque masters, full of energy, drama, passion and drive! One of the leading baroque violinists of our time, Kati Debretzeni, leads the Victoria Baroque in a varied programme of concerti for baroque instruments by Vivaldi, Torelli, Locatelli, Dall’Abaco, and more. GISS Dance: Diversity | Wednesday 17th - Thursday 18th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 | GISS Dance Presents: Diversity, a journey through movement, culture & self-expression. Gryphon Trio | Tuesday 23rd | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $30 | Celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary, the Gryphon Trio continues to impress international audiences with over 1,500 performances to date. Committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century, their repertoire ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia. 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. Vetta Presents: The Russian Connection | Saturday 27th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $20 | Did you know that Haydn dedicated his Opus 33 Quartets to a Russian nobleman? That Borodin wrote his 2nd quartet as a present for his wife? That Shostakovich considered the 8th quartet as an epitaph and wept when he heard it performed? Join us on a journey into Russian history with some of the best quartet repertoire ever written. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: Lonesome Ace Stringband plus Carolyn Mark | Monday 29th | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | Tickets for sale at Salt Spring Books | The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of it’s occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. It’s themes - love, loss, hard work and hardship, faith, and everyday life - speak to everyone. 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.