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Tis The Season Shop Local

Featured here are some great local Saltair businesses to help you with Christmas shopping for your loved ones.

Barn Door Décor, owner and operator Debbie Verstoep  offers west coast inspired home décor.  Come to her annual Chrismas Open House on North Watts Rd, December 1st, 10:00am to 5 pm in Saltair.  The atmosphere is warm, cozy,  friendly and inviting, not to mention, there is a great selection of beautiful and adorable items to purchase for family and friends.  Celebrate the holiday season with a treat of Olliebollen and Gluhwein by the fire.   Check out some the photos below for some sneak peeks of great items available for purchase.

Barn Door Décor


Pottery By Peggy

Check out talented pottery Artist Peggy Grigor , home studio

Pottery Piggy Banks, Pottery By Peggy

10849 Olsen Road Ladysmith (Saltair), BC V9G 1Z8  Canada
Wheelchair accessible.
Studio Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (or by appointment).  Credit Cards accepted.

t. 1.250.416.1411
e. peggy [at] potterybypeggy [dot] com  Website:

Need a Local Dining Experience?

Saltair Station House

New Hours with Lunch Saturday & Sunday. New menu includes Salad Bowls, Soup, Shares and yummy Desserts, plus our famous Tacos.
OPEN Thursday & Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 12noon-7+pm.

How about a relaxing Spa Experience?  Gift Certificates Available

A small boutique spa studio offering a variety of massage and body treatments customized to each client. Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone Therapy.


The Cedars Escape and Spa
Lorien centre #1 9738 Victoria St
Chemainus, BC   

Saltair Community “Jingle Jam” Concert

You are invited to a complimentary “Jingle Jam” music concert!

Back by popular demand! The team at Other Guys Theatre Company were so pleased at the turnout for the Music Concert in October –  we’re happy to do it again!

Join us for a family “Jingle Jam” sing along musical event on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2018 , begins at 2:00pm sharp

  Saltair Centre  from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Refreshments  and cookies will be provided

Chemainus Art Group will be featuring artwork and art items for sale.

Saltair Quilters Club will also be featuring their Christmas quilting projects.

Sponsored by Saltair Community Society and Other Guys Theatre Co.

Saltair Halloween 2018 Report

Saltair’s Annual Halloween  celebration was another huge success!

Close to a 150 people turned out for this fun annual event.  A large bonfire, costume parade, refreshments, goodies and fireworks were some of the exciting features enjoyed by all.

See the photos below for peek at some interesting costumes donned by children and adults alike.

Jailbird “Grandpa Tom”


Outgoing Director Mel Dorey and Parks Commission Chair Kelly Schellenberg and her husband Grant

Many thanks to the dedicated volunteer team that make this community event so special and sponsorship from the Area G Saltair Parks & Trails

Saltair Centre Open House & Concert Reminder

The Saltair Community Society invites you  to  attend

Saltair Centre Open House & Concert

Sunday, October 14th, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Free Concert begins at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
3850 South Oyster School Road

Come and join us for a building tour, check out and meet the groups who are using the center,  mingle with your neighbors, enjoy  baked cookies + beverages, share your ideas, and listen to the sweet sounds of talented Island musicians:


Click on the green highlighted links to preview their musical talents

 John Gogo (and others) in The Other Guys Theatre production of Good Timber: Songs and Stories of the Western Logger
Colleen Eccleston singing at a Festival: 
Mark Hellman:
BC Hiball   (Good Timber) 
Pete Seeger Show – Kisses Sweeter Than Wine/Toshi

Poster made by Grace Predy
The Saltair Community Society is a not for profit volunteer society operating and providing community space at the former Mount Brenton Elementary School, now  “Saltair Centre”.  Show your support by becoming a member and  join the Saltair Community Society.  Membership applications will be available at the Open House – membership fees are $10.00/yr or $15.00/yr family rate. This is a great opportunity to get invested and participate in uniting the community at Saltair Centre.


Many thanks to Mary Desprez (Other Guys Theatre Co) for coordinating the musical talent!

A huge shout out to our hard working dedicated community volunteers!

Event is sponsored by Saltair Community Society, and Other Guys Theatre Company.



Christmas Event Highlights

Jingle Elf and her trusty sidekick carolers!

“By all accounts our first Saltair community caroling event was a success!   Everyone contributed through making donations to the event, attending planning meetings for the event, preparation tasks for the event and or actually working at the event.  Considering the weather and it being the first, the outdoor event was well supported by the community.  Media attended and businesses that we approached supported us( The Great Canadian Dollar Store and Save on Foods).   This event included volunteers from outside Saltair.   We are fortunate to have the centre as a gathering place for this and other Saltair community events in the future.”

Submitted by : Debbie Neil

Photos provide by: Tim Godau and Debbie Neil

Santa made a quick stop in Saltair!
Santa handing out treats to the Kiddoes.
Judy, Val and Liam provided musical accompaniment.

Interesting version of “Twelve Days of Christmas”!

Canadian animal version of “Twelve Days of Christmas”
Val and Irene looking very Christmassy at the crafting station
Jingle Bell Rock!

Saltair Centre – Impromptu Gathering a Success!


Tim’s Impromptu Social Gathering was a Success!

23 folks attended a coffee & donut social gathering last Sunday, between 1:00 and 3:00 pm , April 23rd,2017 at the Saltair Community Centre.   Social gathering information was posted on  Facebook’s “Saltair Community Page (All Things Saltair)

It was a great way to mingle with friends, new neighbours and build excitement for future get together’s at the centre.

Tim Godau kindly hosted the “social” to help bring attention to the importance of building community spirit, having a designated place to do it in and getting to know your neighbours in Saltair.

Bocce game with Tim Godau and Jane Hope

Lets keep the momentum going, Anyone can host and organize a social. Classroom rates are $15.00 for two hours.

Contact: Saltair Community Society: bcleary [at] shaw [dot] ca

Photo credits: Ed Nicholson

Remembrance Day Report November 11, 2016

REMEMBRANCE DAY November 11, 2016

John Silins places sponsored wreaths, on behalf of Saltair District Ratepayers Association, that were laid at the Ladysmith and Chemainus Cenotaphs, respectively.
John Silins places sponsored wreaths, on behalf of Saltair District Ratepayers Association, that were laid at the Ladysmith and Chemainus Cenotaphs, respectively.


It was overcast this Remembrance Day in Chemainus and Ladysmith but fortunately no rain for the several hundred who attended the ceremonies in Chemainus. Over the last 10 years the crowds have increased substantially. During the Ceremony there was a fly past of vintage aircraft. This added more poignancy to the Ceremony.

The parade had members from RCMP, the Legion, Service Clubs, Chemainus Fire Brigade, Paramedics, youth organizations, Air Cadets and, of course, Veterans from various conflicts. Air Cadets provided the honour guard.

Many wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph in Chemainus as at the one in Ladysmith. Each person laying a wreath was escorted, by hand, by young people.

Debbie Neil and John Silins sponsored wreaths, on behalf of Saltair District Ratepayers Association, that were laid at the Ladysmith and Chemainus Cenotaphs, respectively.

Mel Dorey also laid the wreath at the Chemainus Cenotaph on behalf of Area G, Cowichan Valley Regional District.

The members of United Church, across Willow Street from the Cenotaph, served coffee after the Ceremony.

All in all it was a dignified Ceremony befitting the memory of those that who paid the highest price in the service of Canada.

Submitted by John Silins -SDRA

Remembering  those who died in service to their country

‘Photos provided by Chris, Chemainus
Neighbourhood House Association’


Great Community Attendance 2016 Halloween Event

Over 200 residents of all ages attended the Annual Saltair Halloween Event.  It was wonderful to see new families enjoying the party. Many thanks go out our great group of volunteers (Tim and Janet Evans, Wendy, Cindy) who planned and organized such a fun evening. 12 pizzas, 15 dozen hotdogs, three large vats of hot chocolate,  90 juice boxes and 50 goodies bags were consumed. The concession ran out of food and had to be closed early!  Kudos go to Dave Key for providing us with a fantastic fireworks display!  Thank you to our costume parade entertainer, local resident witch, Judy!!  Congratulations to Zoe Platt, 1st place winner of the annual costume contest.  It was also, heart warming to see Saltair teens at the massive bonfire as well as  parents dressed in costumes!  Community spirit in Saltair is growing!!