Video and Photos: 2019 Salt Spring Fall Fair

Friends, neighbours and visitors, welcome to the 2019 edition of the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair, an island tradition since 1896, celebrating the Agricultural Community’s efforts and successes. Our island has a rich and varied agricultural history and tradition that spans more than 150 years, since Confederation. The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute, established in 1895, continues to support the growth of associated farming activities that are vital and valuable to the local economy. We are proud to be a strong and informed voice for farmers’ interests and we encourage islanders to get involved in the discussion on island farming matters. We all need to build up agriculture awareness and productivity on Salt Spring. This year’s theme: Crops and Crafts of every Colour was chosen to create fun, a lot of fun and to bring to life in all manner of ingenuity. This rural tradition is brought to you by a dedicated core of volunteers. These individuals and community organiza…
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2019 Pride Parade Photos and Video

Another beautiful celebration of Pride on Salt Spring Island today. Thousands of locals and visitors lined the street to celebrate the 15th annual Pride and the 12th celebration of the Pride Parade all through the streets of Ganges. Few communities the size of Salt Spring can boast of the energy and excitement and pride of Pride in their community quite like the locals of our island. What a beautiful day. Thank you to all the organizers and participants and all the organizations who took part in participating and celebrating. Pride festivities continue throughout the day, evening and this weekend. Pride parades (also known as pride marches, pride events, and pride festivals) are outdoor events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social and self-acceptance, achievements, legal rights, and pride. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. Most pride events occur annually, and many take place aroun…
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Watch: "The Pharmacy"a Silent Comedy!

Country Grocer tells a slapstick accounting of how they merged with a neighbouring pharmacy! .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
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Winners! - 2019 Country Grocer Valentine's Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Country Grocer Valentine's 'Show Us Your Love' photo contest. The winning participants receives a $150 dinner at Auntie Pestos, two runners up get a $50 Country Grocer gift card and each participating couple receives a one-time Country Grocer voucher for 15% off which expires on March 14/2019! Winners were selected by random draw live at Country Grocer Salt Spring Island. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who sent in amazing photos of their love. Check out all the photos and scroll to the bottom to find out if you won!   And the Randomly Drawn Winners Are! Thank you fo…
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Video: Local Love - Conversations Collected by Billie Woods

I have wanted to do this project for a few years now. I am so curious about relationships. What makes them work and what keeps them good. I had the chance to sit down with 4 Island couples to ask them just about that. This is a very small portion of the question + answer's but a good overview of each couple.       .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
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Video: Time-Lapse - Watch Ganges Transform from Sunny to Snowy

Wow. Watch the transformation of Ganges from our Salt Spring Exchange Live Cam at the Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue hall in town. The day started out cold, clear and sunny and transformed in just a few short hours to a snowy wonderland!       .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
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2019 Country Grocer Show Us Your Love! Valentine’s Day Photo Contest

Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so amazing.” If you you’re the kind of couple who loves to do that with fine food and wine then you may want to try to win our dinner for two at Auntie Pesto’s (gift card valued at $150)! To earn a chance to win this dinner, all you have to do is upload a photo with you and your sweetheart. Show us your love! (Your “clothed” love, of course!) Whether you’re young and ecstatically in love or in your 90's with a twinkle in your eye whenever you see each other, whether you’ve taken your “flirt” down a few notches over the years or you’ve taken your flirt up a few notches, we want to see your love. Here are the guidelines for the Valentine’s photo draw: Please submit only one photo per …
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Video and Photos: New Bike Park Opens to Applause - Ribbon Cutting

After years of consultation, planning, design and community engagement The Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park opened today with a big turn out from the community. Dozens of families, bikes in tow, joined the project sponsors, managers and supporters in the opening of the island's first bike park. The family bike park is a dirt surfaced, outdoor recreation space with technical features professionally designed to facilitate and develop bicycle skills among children, youth and adults. After consultation with staff and PARC, the location was identified in the treed area at the southeast corner of Mouat Park at 160 Seaview Avenue. The 2011 Salt Spring Island Parks System Master Plan contemplates woodland biking and a bike park in Mouat Park. The location behind ArtSpring's upper parking lot was currently unused for recreation activities. Following an environmental assessment and other feasibility studies, the CRD and the Salt Spring Island Bike Club consulted with commu…
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Video: Kipp Nash, Captain Fantastic Gymnastics Fulford-Ganges Road Bike Action

Kipp Nash, Captain Fantastic Gymnastics, pulled together a cycling rally for his birthday on Tuesday, July 3rd. The aim is to help get the Fulford-Ganges Road improved for cycling. This great video by Bill Warriner shows the Happy Birthday ride and some realities of cycling on Salt Spring. Stay tuned for a concerted push by Island Pathways in the near future to get those 14 km widened and repaved.     .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }  
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Aerial Photo Series of Salt Spring Island

We're starting a new photo sharing series with images taken in and around Salt Spring from the air. We have a beautiful collection from over the years and have been given more to share with the community and we'll add this collection over time. If you have a great photo you'd like to have us consider adding, contact us and share the image with us. You can also get all our photos in our Instagram feed. Enjoy! Video: Uri Cogan Video: Uri Cogan Video: Uri Cogan
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2018 Country Grocer Valentines Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Valentines photo contest sponsored by Country Grocer. The winning prize this year was for a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Auntie Pestos. Winners were selected by random draw. And! There were so many great pictures submitted this year that we're giving away even more prizes. Congratulations and thanks to all the couples who sent in amazing photos of their love. Check out all the photos and scroll to the bottom to find out if you won! And the Winners Are! Thank you for all the wonderful photos entered into our Country Grocer Valentines Photo Contest this year. The photos were amazing! Love thrives on Salt Spring Island! Here are the winners whose names were…
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Show Us Your Love: Valentine’s Day Photo Contest!

Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so amazing.” If you you’re the kind of couple who loves to do that with fine food and wine then you may want to try to win our dinner for two at Auntie Pesto’s (gift card valued at $150)! To earn a chance to win this dinner, all you have to do is upload a photo with you and your sweetheart. Show us your love! (Your “clothed” love, of course!) Whether you’re young and ecstatically in love or in your 90's with a twinkle in your eye whenever you see each other, whether you’ve taken your “flirt” down a few notches over the years or you’ve taken your flirt up a few notches, we want to see your love. Here are the guidelines for the Valentine’s photo draw: Please submit only one pho…
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Video Series: Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island

Follow the adventures of traveller and filmmaker Erica Hargreave in her series 'Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island' as she explores the island and profiles some of our unique local citizens. Explore the Canadian wilderness, as she rediscovers Canadian parks, highlighting the wonderful parks and people of Salt Spring Island in this documentary series.     Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island : Episode 1 of Naturally Ours .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Connect with Nature, Here on Salt Spring Island : Episode 2 of Naturally Ours .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: …
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Eclipse Live Stream Time-lapse Photos

What an incredible moment. People all across North America enjoying a rare total and partial solar eclipse. We weren't in the path of totality here on Salt Spring Island but we were in about the 85-90% range and able to enjoy some dramatic changes in the sun and light all across the island. How much did the light change? I was taking time-lapse image captures from our Ganges Harbour Live Cam hosted at Moby's and here are some of the transitions in light we saw over the hour leading up to the peak moment of coverage and back to normal light. An amazing treat for all of us here on the island. vc_stream = 'vcbc002';
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Country Grocer Valentines Photo Contest Winners!

It's almost Valentines Day! Thank you to everyone who participated in our photo contest sponsored with prizes from Country Grocer. First prize was for a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Auntie Pestos along with two concession winners who will each receive a $50 Country Grocer gift cards. There is also an unexpected special prize for an unexpected special entry. Winners were selected by random draw. Congratulations and thanks to all the couples who sent in amazing photos of their love. Scroll to the bottom of the photos to find out if you won! Concession Winners - Lorcan Pitcher and William Curtin Concession …
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Photos: 2017 Salt Spring Snowmageddon

Finally managed to get out of the house today with the help of our good friend James Cowan and his big blue 4x4 'Sunny'. We went into town to take some pictures while we ran a few errands around the island. The roads were pretty quiet with most folks making the smart decision to stay home. Check out the photos taken just an hour or so ago and a video too from our trip down the big dip. Warm front and rains are supposed to move in tonight and start washing this all away.
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Show Us Your Love - Valentines Photo Contest

Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so amazing.” And if you’re the kind of couple who loves to do that with fine food and wine, then you might want to try to win a dinner for two. Country Grocer has arranged for Auntie Pesto’s to serve up a meal valued at $150 as a gift for two lovebirds at 7pm on Valentine’s Day. That’s right! They’re expecting you. To earn a chance to win this dinner, all you have to do is upload a photo with you and your sweetheart. Show us your love! (Your “clothed” love, of course!) Whether you’re young and ecstatically in love or in your 90s with a twinkle in your eye whenever you see each other, whether you’ve taken your “flirt” down a few notches over the years or you’ve taken your flirt up a few…
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Salt Spring Photos: Sun on the Water

Terry Kong is a regular visitor to Salt Spring Island. When he travels here to visit family he brings his camera along to capture the beauty he see's all around him. He shared these photos with us from some of us trips. This is a beautiful part of the world.
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