Vancouver Island Attractions: Salt Spring Island’s Apple Festival

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The annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival takes place during late September each year and is a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience all the island has to offer. Salt Spring Island is located between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island and is the most frequently visited along amongst those in the Gulf Islands.

Salt Spring Island has a rich apple history that has seen a recent rejuvenation, making the festival one of the top Vancouver Island attractions. Just a short ferry ride from Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island is beautiful in the fall and the apple festival is the perfect excuse to plan a trip and enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation.

Legend has it that once you attend the Salt Spring Island Apple Festival, you will not only want to make it a tradition every year, but you and the whole family will return home as apple experts! Below you will find more information on the festival, Salt Spring Island, and why this is one of the best Vancouver Island attractions to date.

Facts and History

Salt Spring Island’s apple history can be traced back more than 150 years, which may give you an idea as to why the annual apple festival is such a big deal! The island used to serve as the number one source for apples for all of Western Canada, so you can imagine how proud the island’s inhabitants are of their delicious tree-grown fruit.

While other areas throughout Canada began harvesting apples and Salt Spring Island was no longer the hub for everything apple in Western Canada, there has been somewhat of an “apple revival” on the island in recent years. Between the hundreds of historic orchards and newly planted farms that can be found throughout the island, there are more than 350 varieties that call Salt Spring Island home today.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss Out on this Vancouver Island Attraction

The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival allows people from all over the world to come and experience the importance (and deliciousness) of apples in the area. The festival is a great way to immerse yourself in the island’s community and get a real taste for how important the fruit has been to the growth and development of Salt Spring Island.

Offering fun-filled activities the whole family will enjoy, the Salt Spring Apple Festival enables visitors to tour some of the historic orchards that are not normally open to the public, sample delicious apple pie, revel in the amazing apple display in Fulford Hall, and so much more.

Apple experts will be on hand to answer all your questions, giving you and the kids the opportunity to learn more about apples in general, and maybe even figure out which apple varieties are growing in your own backyard! Connect with farmers, learn what makes the apple so tasty and healthy, sample tons of mouth-watering apple dishes, and become a part of the Salt Spring Island community for a day!

The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have you planning your Vancouver Island vacation for late September every year!

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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