Celebrate the new year (& new decade!) by exploring 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 or snooze in front of a roaring fire while enjoying the restorative power of this stunning island.

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January 2020 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. Polar Bear Swim | Wednesday 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. The Importance of Being Earnest | Wednesday 1st | 7:00pm to 9:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Cost: TBA | Staged reading of Oscar Wilde comedy, directed by Chris Humphreys. First in a new series by Theatre Alive.
  3. 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!
  4. Explore Salt Spring Island's unique art scene at one of it's many spectacular galleries!
  5. West Coast Recital Series: Rae Gallimore & Barry Tan | Sunday 5th | 1:00pm | All Saints By the Sea: 110 Park Drive | $10-$25 [Tickets] | An evening of music written for viola and piano, showcasing compositions by many classical, female composers. Programme includes works by J.S. Bach, Elizabeth Raum, Clara Schumann, and Rebecca Clarke.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. GISS Drama: Robin Hood | Wednesday 8th to Thursday 9th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15 | On the corner of Sherwood park and Nottingham is the rooftop base of Robin Hood and her gang of Merry Folk, bandits well-versed in the art of Kung Fu, hip hop, and defeating evil. In this 1970s resetting of a classic story filled with action and hilarity, Robin will attempt to thwart the villainous plans of King John, the Sheriff of Nottingham and the Bishop, with a contemporary twist.
  9. GISS Dance: Backin’ It Up | Wednesday 15th to Thursday 16th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15 | These vibrant, and enthusiastic youth have been working hard in the studio to plan their grooves and moves to enliven our time together. Dance styles will include Lyrical dance, Contemporary dance, Jazz dance, and of course, Hip Hop and Funk.
  10. Salt Spring Arts Council Artist In Residence Talk & Open Studio: Joyce Majinski | Talk: Thursday 16th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road); Open Studio: Friday 31st @ 10:00am to 4:00pm (Point Gallery: South Ridge Drive) | SSAC Artist in Residence Joyce  Majiski - Printmaker, Painter, Sculptor (Former Biologist and Wilderness Guide) will create a skeleton of a whale made from found beach plastics. Join her to hear about this exciting project and how she is working with local whale skeleton restorers to create this piece.
  11. Viva Chorale Concert: Water Circle | Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th | 18th: 7:30pm to 9:30pm; 19th: 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $8-$20 | Viva Chorale’s Water Circle Concert, in collaboration with award-winning storyteller and performance artist Anne Glover, will move you from laughter to tears in this thought-provoking presentation of story and song. As we delve into the depths of all things water, our music will explore various physical stages of the water cycle, their effects and importance, with stories from China, the Middle East, India and Greece.
  12. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: Fred Eaglesmith | Monday 20th| 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | Fred Eaglesmith is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. He is known for writing songs about vehicles, rural life, down-and-out characters, lost love and quirky rural folk.
  13. GISS Improv Invitational | Friday 24th | 7:00pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 | GISS, Ladysmith and Queen Margarets Royals improv teams will perform Theatresports and Canadian Improv Games events in this spectacular show.
  14. Art Makers Lab Series with Briony Penn - The Naturalists Sketchbook | Saturdays: January 25th & February 1st, 8th & 15th | 10:00am to 1:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $165 | Local biologist, artist and environmentalist Briony Penn will lead all 4 art making labs to guide youth (ages 6-13) in the art of observation and documentation. Each youth will have a sketchbook to fill with their own drawings and observations of the plants, animals and landscape that are around us.
  15. War of 1812 | Sunday 26th | 2:30pm to 4:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | The funniest history lesson of a lifetime! A young boy named David hates Canada until the ghost of Pierre Berton appears to him in his classroom and takes him on a tour of Canadian History, from the tennis ball battle fields of York to a Laura Secord mega musical, all in a birch bark time canoe!
  16. 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! See them at Hereford Farm on Beaver Point Road, Ruckle Farm, Fulford Valley, North End Farm, Sunset Farm and the southern shores of St. Mary Lake.

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