Welcome to Saturna Island!

The 74th Canada Day Lamb BBQ returns this Monday, July 1st.


All are invited to this in-person, family friendly celebration and fundraiser. There will be many fun activities, games, entertainment, makers market, food vendors and a beer & wine garden. On-site at Winter Cove we barbeque local Saturna raised lambs and offer a full meal prepared and served by our community volunteers.  

A portion of all proceeds goes towards fundraising efforts for the Saturna Community Club.

Bring your picnic blankets, shade umbrella and reusable water bottles.  Enjoy a day trip to the Southern Gulf Islands and join us for Canada Day!

Saturna Island Canada Day

Lamb BBQ

Monday, July 1st

Grounds are open from 10:00am – 4:30pm

Lamb meals will be served from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

$30 Adult Meal Ticket

$15 Children under 12

Gulf Island National Park Reserve

Winter Cove


Event Info

The Saturna Island Canada Day Lamb BBQ is a free public community festival with music, entertainment, fun games, beer and wine garden, food vendors and a specially prepared lamb bbq meal.

Meal includes: Local Saturna lamb barbecued over an open fire and sliced right onto the plate, cole slaw, Spanish rice, buns and coffee or tea and cookies.

Food Options:

Lamb Meal ( Ticket Required $30 Adult | $15 Child ), Fish Tacos, Shawarma, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Go-Nuts Burgers, Ice Cream, Cotton Candy, Popcorn

Event Schedule:


10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Music / Games / Market / Vendors

11:00 AM – 4:30 PM Beer & Wine Garden

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Games & Races

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BBQ Lamb Meals

Entertainment / Stage Schedule:


9:30 -10:30 AM TBA

10:30 -11:00 AM Welcome Remarks 

11:00 – 11:40 AM TBA

11:40 – 12:40 PM TBA

12:40 – 1:00 PM O’ Canada – Saturna Island Student Choir

1:00 – 4:30 PM TBA

Services & Support:


Shuttle Service – available to /from Lyall Harbor (BC Ferries & Aqaulink)

Free Parking

Games / Dunk Tank / Golf / Facepainting – additional fee

Cash Only – ATM available

Dogs & Pets:

No pets permitted on festival grounds – SORRY NO DOGS

Dog minding services are available nearby –  ($20)  – 2-hour maximum

Recycling and garbage: This event is pack-in/pack-out. Please do not dispose of external and/or household garbage on site. We have limited garbage services and your co-operation is very much appreciated


BBQ History

The Lamb BBQ is a joyous celebration of Canada Day, centered around a traditionally Argentenian style prepared barbequed lamb meal, with family-friendly games and market and all-day entertainment. 

The Saturna Island community has hosted the Saturna Lamb BBQ since 1950 when it began as a school picnic at Saturna Beach.  Since that time, the bbq has evolved into a community-wide annual event hosting upwards of 1500 visitors to take in the Canada Day celebration. 

The BBQ is now hosted on the grounds of Hunter Field, Winter Cove, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. It is the principal fundraising activity of the Saturna Island Community Club and is produced by over 75 passionate volunteers. 

Proceeds raised at The Lamb BBQ go towards a variety of local community groups and associations including the Saturna Community Club which provides financial and operational support for many local initiatives.

We thank all local supporters and contributors to the Canada Day Lamb BBQ!

About Saturna

Saturna Island is easily accessible, by ferry from Vancouver and Victoria or by floatplane from Vancouver.

This remote island of under 500 residents features cozy accommodations, a small selection of retail stores and services, artist galleries and the island’s well-protected natural beauty make Saturna a prime R&R locale.

Saturna Island draws visitors who appreciate peace, pleasant outdoor activities, and abundant quality time with books, binoculars, journals, art supplies and creative imaginations. Hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, home-studio artist tours, lazy afternoons in parks and miscellaneous water activities (swimming, boating, beachcombing) are favourite pursuits here.

Ways To Get To Saturna




BC Ferries Schedules:

Saturna Island Departures(Lyall Harbour)

Vancouver Departures(Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands)

Victoria Departures (Swartz Bay-Southern Gulf Islands)



Richmond YVR To Saturna Island – Seair Seaplanes


Private Boat:

Boat anchorage in Winter Cove  is on a “first come first served” basis. Navigating into Winter Cove can be tricky at low tide, Be sure to check tide tables and charts.

There is also dinghy tie-up space on the docks but note, it does get crowded.     

The dockside ‘Welcome Booth will also store your life jackets and PFDs while you are at the BBQ.

Wet Coast Marine (Boat Charters)




Saturna Island is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations and Hul’quimi’num Treaty Group.