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2014 Calendar Things to do on Salt Spring Island!

July 1 (Tuesday)

Canada Day Fireworks beginning at dusk.
Enjoy the fireworks over Ganges while celebrating our great countries 147th birthday!

 


August 29- Sep 1

Gulf Islands Open tennis tournament (open to public) - men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed.

*** Entries must be received at Porlock Park, PARC office by the end of Wednesday August 27th. ***

More info at saltspringtennis.ca/tournaments.htm

 


Apr-Oct

8:30 - 4PM Saturdays

Saturday Market in the Park in Centennial Park.

 

 

 



Nov-Dec  

Christmas on Salt Spring Island - there's always lots to do at Christmas!

 

Music & Munch

This musical program has been a great success. Music and Munch provides an eclectic selection of musical forms to please all tastes. Held at All Saints Church by the Sea at 110 Park Drive in Ganges, the performance is free to all. The free performances, sometimes full to capacity, take place on Wednesdays throughout the summer at 12:10 pm with a light & delicious lunch provided by the Anglican Caterers following for $5.50.

Fall Fair

The Fall Fair is held every year at the Farmer's Institute at 351 Rainbow Road during the the second weekend after Labour Day in September. For those of you without a calendar (we get asked this a lot!) the Fall Fair is held on the second weekend after Labour Day... Sept 13 and 14 2014 this year. This event is always popular, with attendance figures being over the 10,000 mark in recent years.

2014 marked the 119th time the Fall Fair has been held since it was started in 1896.

Each year, commercial exhibitors or venders can call Tony Threlfall at 250-537-4535 about obtaining space at the Fall Fair. For general inquiries, call Rick at 250-537-2484. If you would like to volunteer to help out, call Marguerite Lee at 250-537-4302. For Farmer's Institute information, call 250-537-4755 or visit www.ssifi.org.

Foxglove Farm & Garden Supplies

Summer is here and it's definitely time to include gardening in your "other activities. Head to to Foxglove Farm & Garden Supplies at 104 Atkins Road in Ganges for all your farm & garden supplies. Email  foxglove@saltspring.com or call 250-537-5531.

SPCA

The SPCA can be reached at (250) 537-2123.  Donations are always welcome. There is usually an open house on Saturday's from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you would like to take one of their visitors home with you,  this would be a good opportunity to make a donation and give the animal of your choice a good home!

Internet Cafe

The CorInternet Cafe, located at the Core Inn on McPhillips Avenue in Ganges, is open to the public evenings from Wednesday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Three computers have been purchased with funds from the federal government's Community Access Program.

IMF - Island Monetary Foundaton

We get lots of inquiries about how to obtain "Salt Spring Dollars $$." This program has a been a big hit with orders from all around the world as well as from local people. The Salt Spring Island Monetary Foundation is a non-profit society. The Salt Spring Island Dollars are considered "gift certificates" but are accepted at par by many Salt Spring Island businesses. The bills are 100% backed by Canadian currency (plus there is a 25% gold reserve) and have an expiry date, after which remaining funds are used on worthwhile community projects. To order Salt Spring $$, visit the IMF web site.

The Salt Spring $$ are available in currencies of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Each features work by local artists of local scenes and historical figures. To date, artwork by Warren Langley, David Halliwell, Carol Haigh, Jill Louise Campbell, Carol Evans and Robert Bateman has been used.

Hiking & Mountain Biking

There are a number of hiking trails on Salt Spring Island. The most popular trails are in Mount Maxwell Park, on Bruce Peak, nearby Mount Tuam, the trail from Bruce Peak to Mt. Sullivan, on Mount Erskine, in Peter Arnell Park which takes in an area on both sides of Stewart Road, and the trail that starts by the entrance to the park and leads to 80 Acre Park, also known as Bryant Hills Park. It can also be accessed from the end of Sarah Way. What looks like a gravel driveway to the right of the cul-de-sac on the end of Sarah Way leads down to a parking lot. If you go through the yellow gate below the parking lot, you are heading towards 80 Acre Park. If you go left at the yellow gate, there is a nature preserve. A fairly new trail stretches out to the south of that point. There is also a network of hiking trails at Ruckle Park down in the southeast corner of Salt Spring Island. Except in the northern end of the park, there is very little elevation change. A sign indicates that bikes are not permitted on the trails at Ruckle Park. However, except for when the trails are wet and muddy immediately after a rainfall, it would be perfect for multi-user access. Except for the end closest to the parking lot, the trail out to Yeo Point is very lightly used, but would be ideal for riding on. Generally speaking, there are not too many safety concerns with wildlife on Salt Spring Island other than watching for deer on the road, but the occasional bear and cougar have been known to swim over from Vancouver Island. There are many blacktail deer on Salt Spring Island. There are also some lovely hiking trails in Mouat Park, right in Ganges. The easiest access is just up the hill from ArtSpring. Yet another new addition is the Quarry Park Trail in Vesuvius just off the end of Quarry Drive. It takes only 25 minutes to hike down to the waters edge.

Mt. Maxwell, officially named Baynes Peak, is the second highest point on Salt Spring Island. It rises about 595 metres or 1950 feet above sea level. With a sheer drop on one side, the view can be quite spectacular. There is a network of trails within the park. While you can drive to the top of Mt. Maxwell and enjoy the view, it's a nice change to park at the bottom of the hill or part way up and hike or mountain bike to the top. The approach is from either Blackburn Road or Cranberry Road. It is about 5 km from the start of the gravel road to the top. Once you start up Maxwell, it's uphill all the way on a good dirt road. The view opens up to the southwest as you get to the top. There is a sheer drop (fenced) at the top that gives a spectacular view down to Burgoyne Bay below, across to Vancouver Island, to Bruce Peak which is slightly higher, and stretching out to the south, the Fulford Valley. There is a good view back up to the steep side of Maxwell from the Fulford Valley.

The trail to 80 Acre Park (Bryant Hills Park) is well marked and has stairs in the steeper parts. There are spectacular views at a high spot about 2 km from the start on the Peter Arnell Park end. From there, the route goes level for a while and then descends a steep hillside on a good trail with a number of switchbacks. It then climbs to a plateau in the middle of 80 Acre Park. There are views of Mount Maxwell and Burgoyne Bay from here. Old logging roads can even be followed from there to Mereside Road, but may cross private land towards the end. Mereside Road joins the Fulford-Ganges Road just south of Ford Lake.

The view from the top of Bruce Peak is spectacular if you don't mind the many communications towers. Mt. Baker (about 3,050 metres or 10,000 feet) can be seen to the east, and on a very clear day, you can even see Mt. Rainier (4392 metres or 14,410 feet) off to the southeast. Two wheel drive vehicles can negotiate the road to a point that gets most of the vertical climb behind you, but there is one very steep section near the top that used to be  very rough. Even though the ruts have been filled with gravel and it has been graded, this section should be left for four wheel drive vehicles or even better, continue to the top on foot or mountain bike to prevent chewing the road up again. After enjoying the view from the top, the traverse to Mt. Sullivan off to the northwest is very pleasant. There is a good trail most of the way. It's a mix of replanted forest and some old growth. There are some "ups and downs" but there isn't a lot of vertical involved in the traverse. The road to Mount Tuam branches off from the Bruce Peak road at about the 280 metre elevation just above Little Lake. Mt. Tuam is lower but gives some nice views off to towards Victoria and the Saanich Peninsular.

There are trails to and from Manzanita Ridge and Mt. Erskine from both ends. From the south end, go up Cranberry Road and turn right on Toinbee Road. Turn right at the "tree farm" gate. Note: there isn't really room to park at this point. About 100 metres from the gate, turn left and proceed to the fork in the road. The fork to the right goes to a new sub-division that is under development. Road access to the sub-division will be from Juniper Place, but the road is currently gated just above where it joins Rainbow Road. The left fork takes you to Manzanita Ridge. The trail crosses under two power lines. After the second power line (nice views in spite of the power line) carry on along the ridge about another 20 minutes or so and you will arrive at Mt. Erskine. There are spectacular views down to the water below, Vancouver Island in the background, the northern end of Salt Spring Island to the north including St. Mary Lake, some of the other gulf Islands, and the mountains to the north of Vancouver. From this beautiful spot trails descend down to Collins Road. Watch out for the fairy doors and watch that you don't step on any fairies or elves! Most people probably access Mt. Erskine from the Collins Road end, but the Manzanita Ridge trail is an interesting alternative.

The trails along the rocky shore at Ruckle Park down at Beaver Point on the southeast end of the island are very scenic. Growing in popularity is the incredibly spectacular trail that goes about 4.4 km to the shore at Yeo Point. Deer can often be seen on this trail and of course harbour seals and lots of bird life on the water. You can do a loop trail that will total 8.6 km. Don't forget to ask "how are ewe doing" when you go by the sheep! The land for Ruckle Park was donated to the province by the Ruckle family, who still lives on and farms part of the property. There is a provincial campground at Ruckle Park, but book early for summer.

The Dunbabin Trail meanders through the forest in Dunbabin Park. It is an easy half hour hike from end to end, with a few stairs along the way. The trail can be accessed either 500 metres south of the intersection of Stark and Robinson Roads, or 500 metres to the west of the intersection. Please keep pets on a leash and under control.

 

The Salt Spring Tennis Association was established to promote tennis on Salt Spring Island and provide opportunities for tennis players to meet for healthy competition and social events. The SSTA is a member of Tennis BC and operates a junior program during the summer. Tennis is played year round on Salt Spring Island – weather permitting - on courts supplied by the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission. There are four public courts at PortLock Park, located at Central, between Vesuvius and Ganges, and a single court at Fulford just behind the fire hall. www.saltspringtennis.ca

"Centre Court" Our new indoor court is available to the public 7-11 everyday! "The indoor tennis facility, located here on Salt Spring Island
Built by the Salt Spring Tennis Association for all tennis players on the island. You may register and book the court online available at www.saltpspringtennis.ca/bookings.

   

Southern Gulf Islands 7-day Weather Forecast
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