Celebrate the new year and explore Salt Spring Island in the winter season this January! Take in the quaint countryside and village atmosphere with mild West Coast weather, explore the fantastic galleries on the island and warm up in a cafe with locally grown hot apple cider. Wrap up your day in front of a roaring fire while enjoying the restorative power of this stunning island.

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January 2019 Events and Ideas on Salt Spring Island

  1. Polar Bear Swim | Tuesday 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. GISS Presents: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest | Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15 | Ken Kesey’s novel is an exploration of power dynamics through the setting of a mental hospital. Randle P. McMurphy is the new patient on the ward who quickly finds himself leading a revolution for liberation of the mistreated patients.
  6. ArtSpring Presents: Victoria Baroque | Sunday 13th | 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | The highly acclaimed British harpsichordist, Steven Devine returns to direct Victoria Baroque in Handel’s dramatic cantata Apollo e Daphne, and the joyful Concerti Grossi. Playing on 18th-century instruments, Victoria Baroque brings audiences closer to the vibrant sound world of the period, embracing the dance-driven rhythmic vitality as well as the lyrical and conversational aspects of baroque music.
  7. GISS Dance | Wednesday 16th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $12 | Come and support our young, vibrant dancers from GISS! You’ll see Hip Hop, Pop, Jazz, and Contemporary work to the music that inspires our youth today!
  8. Make It Workshop! Silk Screen, Zines & Buttons (Youth) | Friday 18th | 12:00pm to 4:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $55 | As part of the Please Touch the Artwork exhibit, GISS students will lead a half day workshop for ages 8-14 years. Students will draw from the mediums & ideas used in the exhibit and the fashion show and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with younger students.
  9. Dance Victoria: MAN | Friday 18th | 7:30pm to 8:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | Direct from Norway! MAN – in the understanding as man and human being – is a dance at the crossroads between two cultures. Through seriousness and humour, MAN portrays individual struggle for inner balance and unfolds as a dialogue between Norwegian choreographer Sølvi Edvardsen and the remarkable dancer Sudesh Adhana.
  10. Vetta Presents: Great Russian Trios | Saturday 19th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$20 | Russian virtuoso pianist Anastasia Markina in her first performance ever on Salt Spring.
  11. Explore Salt Spring Island's unique art scene at one of it's many spectacular galleries!
  12. Workshop: Art Makers Lab – Printmaking (Youth) | Saturday 26th | 10:00am to 1:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $38 (Series: $142) | The popular Saturday Art Makers Lab is back with a new lineup of artists to inspire and introduce new mediums to youth ages 6-12 years. 4 consecutive Saturday schedule -- Jan.26: Printmaking with Organic Materials -  Feb.2: Dream-scapes with Ink & Collage - Feb.9: Photography with Rainbow Light Silouettes - Feb.16: Embroidery.
  13. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: April Verch | Monday 28th | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road |
    April Verch is a Canadian fiddler and step dancer passionate about sharing her music from small gatherings in remote communities to large prestigious concert halls. Verch began her full time touring career in 2000 and has performed around the world.
  14. ArtSpring Presents: Montreal Guitar Trio | Monday 28th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Regarded by the CBC as the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a leader in various musical forms. For more than 20 years their virtuosity, their rigor, their inventiveness, and their breathtaking stage presence have impressed audiences around the world.
  15. 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.

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