What is the Saturna Lamb Barbeque?

What is the Saturna Lamb Barbeque?


The Lamb Barbeque is a joyous celebration of Canada Day, centred around a traditionally prepared barbequed lamb meal, with an old-fashioned country fair flavour.

Our community has hosted the Saturna Lamb Barbeque on an annual basis since 1950 when it began as a school picnic on the Campbell’s farm at Saturna Beach in celebration of our July 1 national holiday.

In the early days, it was by boat transportation that many people reached the Saturna Beach barbeque site.

The Canada Day Lamb Barbeque is now held 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 (link). 

The feature meal features delicious local lamb, barbequed over an open fire and sliced right onto your plate, coleslaw, Spanish rice, buns, coffee, tea and cookies.

As well as the feature meal, the event includes all day live entertainment, local crafts, entertainment for the children, veggie burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs, an adult beverage garden and a host of other activities. For more activity details, check things to do at the Barbeque.

The Barbeque is accessible by private boat, water taxi, or BC Ferries from Swartz Bay or Tsawwassen. Check how to get to Saturna BBQ for further information.

Entrance to the site is free. Those wishing to enjoy the lamb barbeque meal must purchase tickets for it at the clearly marked booth near the site entrance. Meals will be served in the order the tickets are purchased, so get yours early. Grounds open at 10 a.m.; meal ticket sales begin at 9 a.m at the gate. Check ticket prices for more information.