Visit Salt Spring Island and help us celebrate 150 years of Canada! Wear your red and white proudly at events Island wide culminating with fireworks over Ganges Harbour. Experience Island hospitality at it's finest with festivals, entertainment, tours and more throughout July on Salt Spring Island! Happy 150th birthday Canada!

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July 2017 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. Canada Day Show & Shine | Saturday 1st | 10:00am to 3:00pm | Rainbow Road at Jackson Avenue | Celebrate Canada Day at the 16th Annual Salt Spring Canada Day Show & Shine island style with dozens of beautiful restored cars and bikes (also check out a wide range of electric vehicles on display!), black powder cannons, kidz zone, food (including a free barbeque!), a birthday cake, entertainment and of course the famous Saturday Market!
  2. Canada Day Fireworks | Saturday 1st | Dusk | Enjoy fireworks over Ganges Harbour celebrating Canada's 150th birthday!
  3. Canada Turns 150 Party with the Barefoot Thieves | Saturday 1st | 9:00pm to 1:00am | Moby's Pub: 124 Upper Ganges Road | Dance through the night and celebrate Canada with music by the Barefoot Thieves under the fireworks!
  4. Art & Nature Fest | Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd10:00am to 4:00pm |  Blackburn Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | The Salt Spring Island Conservancy invites you to experience a magical union of art and nature at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. Artists, musicians, dancers, troubadours, children’s performers, buskers, movement instructors, circus performers and others will entertain and engage you and your family. Let wild places guide your creativity and let art invite you deeper into nature.
  5. Teddy Bear Picnic | Sunday 2nd | 11:00am to 3:00pm | 182 Furness Road | Bring your favourite furry stuffed friend for story time, crafts and teddy bear tea!
  6. Salt Spring Crab Fest | Sunday 2nd | 4:00pm to 7:00pm | Rotary Marine Park, Downtown Ganges | $40 | Join the Salt Spring Island Rotary Club at Rotary Park for the Second Annual Crab Fest! Feast on fresh crab and enjoy live music by the Costners!
  7. PitchFork Social: Cowboy Junkies | Wednesday 5th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $40 - $70 | For more than 25 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty.
  8. Keep cool this summer (and beyond!) by sampling delicious Salt Spring frozen treats including Saltspring Fruitsicles (sold at the Saturday Market and various retailers in Ganges), Salt Spring Gelato (sold at Harlans and various retailers throughout the Gulf Islands) or visiting Glad's in Ganges which offer a selection of mouthwatering ice cream flavours and freshly made waffle cones!
  9. Speaking of keeping cool, why not paddle, swim or snorkle the summer away! Ocean or freshwater, there are no shortage of water activities to enjoy Summer on Salt Spring. Try your hand at kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding; swim in Salt Spring's freshwater lakes (St. Mary, Cusheon, Weston and Stowel Lakes) and explore the ocean by snorkeling or diving - look out for anemones, octopus, fish, crabs and more!
  10. Writing Histories: Madeleine Thien | Sunday 9th | 7:30pm to 9:15pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15 - $20 | The Salt Spring Forum is thrilled to welcome Madeleine Thien, Giller Prize-winning author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing for a very special Canada 150 discussion about Canada’s ever-shifting national and literary identity.
  11. PitchFork Social: Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson & Linda McCrae | Tuesday 11th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $25 | Singer, musician and actor Jim Byrnes has loved and played blues music since he was in his teens. Born and raised in St Louis, he grew up on the city’s north side. As a teenager going to music clubs, he and his buddy were often the only white people in the place. Jim moved to Vancouver in the early 1970s, and soon became a key part of the local blues scene, and has remained so ever since.
  12. Daniel Lapp with Adam Dobres and Adrian Doloan | Friday 14th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $25 | Join us for a very special Treasure Fair Concert with a musical journey of fiddle, guitar and more featuring the one and only folk fiddler Daniel Lapp, with friends Adam Dobres and Adrian Dolan. Expect an unforgettable show featuring the finest fiddlin’ out there. Bring your friends!
  13. Heritage Day at the Farmers' Institute | Sunday 16th | 11:00am to 3:00pm | Farmers' Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Featuring the Bittancourt Museum, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, old time kitchen with fresh bread and churned butter, log sawing, tug of war and a variety of heritage crafts and amusements.
  14. July is the perfect time of year to experience the Lavender fields at Sacred Mountain Lavender (401 Musgrave Road) with acres of beautiful purple and white lavender to enjoy - stop by and enjoy self guided tours and demonstrations! Also visit Salt Spring's newest lavendar farm, Lavender & Black Aromatic Fields (256 Pringle Farm Road).
  15. ArtSpring’s Chamber Music Festival | Friday 21st (Young Artist Concert) & Saturday 22nd (Faculty Concert) | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $4 - $20 | ArtSpring’s Chamber Music Festival Artistic, Director David Visentin and his distinguished faculty welcome bright young musicians from across Canada for a week of intensive coaching and performance. This year’s faculty includes Kai Gleusteen, violin; Catherine Ordronneau, piano; Hiroko Kagawa, violin; Paula Kifner (or Brian Yoon), cello; and David Visentin, viola. Music of Mozart, Korngold, and others.
  16. PitchFork Social: Charlie Parr | Friday 28th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $25 | Charlie Parr’s blistering picking - he switches between acoustic guitar, dobro and banjo - and keen, cut-through-the-crowd-vocals resonate with a conviction that runs deep and true. It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up listening to his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. His heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity, they are authentic.
  17. EcoLiving and Homes Tour | Sunday 30th | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Various Homes across Salt Spring Island | Visitors from all over are welcomed to Salt Spring to see innovative examples of eco-building, renewable energy technology, and sustainable living. The tour is not limited to houses: as the name suggests the EcoLiving & Home Tour includes food gardens, edible landscapes, Electric Vehicles, and creative re-inventions of island living for the post fossil-fuel era.

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