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Have you heard of: Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island?

Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island (Fort-Vi) are a diverse group of individuals who believe they have a better plan for the E&N Island corridor that will benefit all Island residents.

The group’s vision is to create non-motorized, recreational trails on Vancouver Island for all users whether bikers, walkers, hikers, horseback riders or commuters. This trail would begin outside of Langford and could go as far as Courtney a total of 224 kilometers and a potential branch corridor of 64 kms from Parksville to Port Alberni.

Converting existing rails to trails would boost tourism economy and promote healthier living for locals.

Click on the video below for comprehensive information power point presentation by fort-vi

The project would maintain the railroad history by maintaining the historic railway stations as tourist information centers or kiosks which could direct people to local attractions and accommodation. The cost of developing the trail should be minimal as the salvage value of the steel rails could go towards a contract for their removal. Removal would be done with the least amount of disturbance leaving the rail bed in a condition conducive to immediate use of recreational traffic with the possibility of a top dressing of fine gravel or pavement in the future. Utility companies, such as, gas, water and power may wish to utilize the corridor for their infrastructure and by leasing out this opportunity, future maintenance costs of the trail could be minimized. With a multi-use trail in place the corridor will always remain intact and when future rail transportation is required, which may be quite sometime in the future, it could be constructed where needed, while relocating the trail alongside the new infrastructure.

img_1102By making active trail transportation a viable option for everyday travel we would cost-effectively reduce oil dependence, climate pollution and obesity rates while providing better choices to get around town. Rail-trails will encourage healthier, more mobile lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities by making places away from vehicle traffic to walk, bike and more. They support a viable alternative to the automobile and contribute to a more vibrant community interaction by connecting people to the places they live, work and play. They encourages people to get outside and get active by using the trail for local visiting and shopping and maybe even taking a Rail-trail vacation, seeing the countryside from a perspective once enjoyed only by train travelers.

With the imminent demise of rail service on the E&N it is time to seriously consider not putting any more tax dollars into maintaining a crumbling railway infrastructure and using the railway corridors for the development of non-motorized, multi-use trails. (info obtained  from fort-vi website).

If you are interested in further information about this group and would like to sign their petition to promote this concept, click this link for access FORT-VI website



Saltair Coastline Sees Increase in Freighter Anchorage – Meeting Planned for Concerned Citizens

There are so many freighters anchored in our coastal waters, it is frightening for our environment and peaceful enjoyment of natural beauty of our islands and coast. There is no doubt this is the impact of the new protocol for anchorages. See the high density all over Saltair, Thetis, Penelakut, Valdes Island. There are more than 15 freighters in the area. Looks like Vancouver port Authority is happy to push more and more freighters to us under the new protocol. This map should be a shock and waking call to all of us….

Call for a Meeting of concerned citizens:   Saturday March 10 at 2pm  in Room #17 at Saltair Community Center – Due the new interim protocol for the use of Southern BC anchorages, we currently have 6 international freighters that were re-routed to our area and currently impacting negatively the Saltair coastal area.

Our area has 6 anchorages that were initially created at a time where freighters were 3 to 5 times smaller. The new generation of ships is way bigger. Their generator and lights is a terrible nuisance. We have to fight to decrease the number of freighters in our area to a level that we can live with. We have to make our voice heard over this freighters issue.

A big thank you to the residents who have taken the time to express their concern and distress: sleep disturbance with excessive sound and lights, scenic views destroyed, risk of ecological wasteland, disturbance to wildlife and resident whales, etc.

In this photo you can see how the lights and noise from the ships can affect homes on and near the waterfront. Photo submitted by Doug Blackley

The next step is to get organized. Please confirm your intention to come to the meeting be sending an email at:

saltair [dot] anchorage [at] gmail [dot] com – Kahina Morisset

It is very important that I know who plans to come so I can prepare things to help as an organizer. I need your support. The meeting will be one hour and the agenda is to find a name for our group and decide how we can fight for things to change. There are several options that I will explain so we can decide together the best course of action. I know it is hard for all of us to find the time and the energy to do this but if we do nothing, the future of Saltair coastal area is compromised for certain.

People from Cowichan Bay, Gabriola, Thetis, and Salt Springs have been fighting, and now it is our turn if we do not want to become an industrial port annex.

“Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is assigning these ships. “As the national review gets underway, and as an interim measure to ensure that no one anchorage is overused, Transport Canada has asked the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to manage the assignment of anchorage locations along the south coast of B.C. This a change from existing practice, where anchorages are selected by Masters of vessels in consultation with a coast pilot, without considering equitable rotation.”


Submitted by Saltair resident:      Kahina Morisset

New Rebates Available for Replacing Old Woodstoves

New Rebates Available for Replacing Old Woodstoves
Have you considered replacing your old woodstove with a cleaner, more efficient home heating appliance?

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) now offers rebates of up to $600 when you replace your pre-1994 woodstove with a cleaner-burning heating appliance such as a heat pump, gas stove, propane stove or EPA-certified pellet or woodstove.
“Residents who’ve participated in the program in previous years have noted reduced insurance costs, savings on home heating and improved indoor air quality,” says Chair Jon Lefebure. “Switching to a gas stove or heat pump means you can heat your home with the flick of a switch, benefiting everyone from the elderly to busy families. Participants who installed new certified woodstoves also found their new pellet and woodstoves can burn for up to 24 hours without having to add more wood.”

The Woodstove Replacement Program has been offered for almost 10 years by the CVRD in partnership with the BC Lung Association and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. The program aims to improve local air quality within the Cowichan region and reduce the health risks associated with particulate matter from old, inefficient wood burning appliances. Since 2009, over 800 Cowichan residents have taken advantage of the rebates and replaced their smoky old woodstoves.

Rebates are offered on first-come, first-served basis and are very popular. Don’t wait to apply as available rebates always run out before the year end.

  • Receive a $550 rebate and a $50 retailer discount when you replace your old woodstove with a heat pump or gas, propane or pellet stove.
  • Receive a $300 rebate and a $50 retailer discount when you replace your old woodstove with a new EPA-certified woodstove.

Visit for more information or contact CVRD at 250.746.2530, 1.800.665.3955 or es [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca.

Water Main Upgrades

Saltair Water System Update

Posted: 06 Apr 2018 by Saltair Water Advisory Committee

From Saltair Water Advisory Committee (SWAC)

Lynne Smith, chairperson, committee : Stan Piper, Jim Whittaker

contact :  saltairwater [at] gmail [dot] com

Saltair Water System 2018

Distribution Upgrades 2018 (ageing infrastructure)

  • Chemainus Rd – Reed Rd PRV up to and including Southin Rd (Southin Rd will be optional work in 2018 depending on the budget)
  • Old Victoria Rd – Jackman Rd to the end of the line at the North Cowichan boundary

Groundwater 2018

The CVRD is looking at a well as an alternate to a filtration plant for the Saltair Water System current water source of Stocking Lake.

  • Staged approach in searching for a sustainable groundwater source
  • Test well drilling to start in April 2018

SWAC will be holding an information meeting similar to the one we had last year for Saltair residents.   We have a lot of new information to share with you.

We are planning to have the meeting near the end of May.

SWAC has an email list and if you would like to be sent updates please send your email address to saltairwater [at] gmail [dot] com for us to add to our update email list

Posted: 15 Feb 2018 – Saltair Water Advisory Committee – Community Update

Chemoy & Dogwood:
The water main upgrades on Chemoy & Dogwood that were to be done is 2017 are now being done in the next few weeks. The contract was awarded to David Stalker Excavating for $199,455.90 (with GST).  This work includes renewing all services and re-routing the water main located behind homes where breaks have occurred in the past.

2018 Upgrades:
If the budget allows, upgrades on Southin Rd will be included with the 2018 Saltair Water System upgrades to the water main from Reed Rd. along Chemainus Rd to Southin Rd.

Saltair Water Advisory Committee (SWAC):   saltairwater [at] gmail [dot] com


Would you like to participate in a Yap and Yarn adventure? 

We meet every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saltair Community Centre, on South Oyster School Rd.,  formerly known as Mt. Brenton School.  

We call ourselves the Saltair Quilters but we don’t just quilt, we knit, crochet, embroider, stitch and bead.   The result of our efforts are always artistic and sometimes even useful.  🙂  

Do you feel the need to socialize and craft? Come, drop in, bring a craft  and join in and you will find us welcoming to all!

  See the following photos of some of the items that are being lovingly created.

Quilted Story Apron with cute puppets and books
Machine embroidered Dragon
Boxer Shorts Quilt
The Saltair Quilting Group
The Gals busying creating wonderful things!
Do you Knit or Crochet? Come join in the fun!

In Memory of Saltair Artist Lyle Duxbury

Lyle Duxbury “Soft Landing #4

Saltair Artist:  Lyle Duxbury  Born 1935 –  Died July 4th  2016

“Forms, colour and medium, reflect my whims and persona. They are swept away on an odyssey filled with metaphysical shadows that drift in and out  on a wake of alpha, beta, and delta waves. Born out of this ebb and flow are man and animal forms that are interdependent, one to another, as they float cheek to jowl in my metaphysic sea. The collective aesthete paints society all hues. When one colours over and beyond the lines of the status quo it is labeled ART”

Lyle began painting at the age of 4. He was an honours graduate at Vancouver School of Art and taught at the Vancouver Institute of Art. He lived in Mexico, Toronto and Chemainus before landing in Saltair. His awards and galleries that displayed his works spanned the globe – Canada, USA, Mexico, Japan, Spain

To his neighbours he was the artist who cared deeply about his art, took long walks, and once owned a lovely peacock named  Leonardo.
In his later years he was grateful for the help he received from his neighbours. People with that Saltair community spirit mowed his lawns, took him to appointments, took him shopping, put up a chain link fence, brought his groceries, and generally made sure he was okay.
He will be missed in Saltair and the world art community.

Artist Lyle Duxbury “Live Down Umbra #8
Artist Lyle Duxbury “Soft Debris #2”

Written and submitted by Diana McTavish, September 20th, 2017


CVRD News Release – “PlaceSpeak” Launch

PlaceSpeakJanuary 10, 2017, Cowichan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and its member municipalities are excited to announce the launch of PlaceSpeak, an online location-based citizen engagement platform, for consulting with residents on an ongoing basis.

Receive timely notification, provide feedback based on where you live, and influence decisions in a meaningful way! PlaceSpeak provides a single stop for residents to engage with the issues that directly impact their communities. Once a resident has signed up for PlaceSpeak, they will automatically be notified of new public consultations based on their chosen notification distance.

The platform’s unique geo-verification technology ensures the CVRD, City of Duncan, Town of Ladysmith, Town of Lake Cowichan and Municipality of North Cowichan are hearing from residents within the specific boundaries of their jurisdiction.

“Engaging with our residents is a key priority,” explains North Cowichan Mayor and CVRD Board Chair Jon Lefebure. “PlaceSpeak is a powerful new tool that is convenient and offers greater accessibility for Cowichan residents to engage with their specific municipality, even on their mobile devices. It makes it easy for residents to connect with us, so they can share what really matters to them.”

Local government staff will be present at information booths to help answer questions, help residents sign up for PlaceSpeak, and share more information about the platform. Find us at the following location –  Downtown Duncan Farmers’ Market – Saturday, February 18

“PlaceSpeak is delighted to be working with the Cowichan Valley in a pioneering approach to citizen engagement that involves multiple local government organizations,” said Colleen Hardwick, PlaceSpeak Founder and CEO. “PlaceSpeak’s unique citizen-centric model engages residents in the region, based on their location, to promote higher levels of civic involvement.

To start participating, visit

Thieves are Active Again in Saltair – February 2017

New thefts have been reported on South Oyster School Road in Saltair: tools, chainsaw, gas siphoned, coins and items from inside vehicles have been taken.

Break-in and thefts continue to be rampant in our neighbouring community of Chemainus as well. Past history has shown the pattern of the thieves are transient. Please keep a vigilant watch on your property and surrounding neighbours.

Remember to secure  your valuables, lock your windows, front and rear doors of your home. Take photos or jot down a description of any suspicious vehicles/people and report to RCMP.

Long-Time Parks Commission Member: Harry Brunt Retires

HARRY BRUNT – Retiring from Saltair (Area G) Parks Commission

Harry Brunt, a volunteer serving member of the Saltair Parks Commission for 18 years, has retired.

“He was an excellent chairman for most of those years, stewarding the Commission through many projects that made the parks the great amenity that they are today,”
“Our parks are second to none in the regional district and one of the biggest pluses for living in Saltair.
“During Harry’s tenure, two new parks were established, Diana Princess of Wales and Stocking Creek Park.!”

Brunt was very instrumental in establishing Princess Diana Park which was named after the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He worked very closely with the two sisters that owned the property and donated it to the CVRD.
Brunt also worked with Len Platt (former Area G Director) to obtain land for Stocking Creek Park that was part of a tax sale.

“The Saltair Parks Commission has enjoyed the leadership of Harrry. His calm and personal manner has made getting volunteers and donations very easy,”

Mel Dorey
Director Area G.