Category Archives: Projects

Cowichan Valley Trail Parking Lot Project

CVT Parking Lot and Roadside Trail Project North Watts Road

A new parking lot and roadside pathway portion of the CVT will be under construction for approximately 12 weeks, starting mid – January 2023.

The existing informal parking lot area at North Watts Road & Chemainus Road will be closed with no CVT connection through this area during construction.

For safety, please respect construction areas, posted sign, and fencing.

CONTACT: CVRD Parks & Trails 250-746-2660 or parks [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca

Cowichan Valley Parking Lot And Roadside Trail Project photo by Tim Godau

Saltair Water System Receives 3.9 Million in Funding For Filtration Upgrade

3.9 Million in Funding Received for Filtration Upgrade Project

Saltair is receiving 3.9 million government funding to begin a water filtration upgrade project required to meet provincial drinking water guidelines.  Please read the attached official news release from the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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Your Feedback is needed for the Saltair Centennial Park Revitalization Plan

Saltair Centennial Park Revitalization Plan

Cowichan Valley Regional District – Parks & Trails

This is your chance to provide feedback to decision-makers and make a meaningful impact on major initiatives which will affect your community, while being assured that the feedback is coming exclusively from residents like yourself, and not from those living outside your area.

Opportunity to Participate

There are a number of ways to participate:

  1. Review the Resources and information on Place Speak and take a survey or click on this green highlighted text  survey/questionnaire. 
  2. The same information can be found on the CVRD website at with a fillable pdf version of the questionnaire to fill out and email in to Tanya [dot] soroka [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca .

Each poster board has also been printed out and installed at Saltair Centennial Park on the sport court fence by the playground if you wish to look at the revitalization plan in person. Hard copies of the questionnaire will also be there  in a red box to fill out and mail to the CVRD office or scan and email to the email address above.

Proposed features and Planned upgrades/changes can be viewed in Centennial Park along on fence of the Hockey/ball court
Survey forms in red box attached to Ball Court in Centennial Park


Next Steps

All questionnaires must be completed and submitted by June 30, 2021 and will be compiled.

If there are any considerable changes to the draft revitalization plan that we did not catch the first time around then the new plan will incorporate the changes.

The FINAL revitalization plan will be adopted by the CVRD Board as the 10-20 year plan for the park and posted on the Saltair Centennial Park webpage on the CVRD website for viewing.


Mini Libraries A Community Project

Potential Community Project: Mini-Libraries

The SDRA has been approached by a resident  to establish a series of free “mini” libraries around the area, perhaps similar to the one pictured here.

They are typically small, mounted on a post and near the road. If you haven’t been down Gardiner or Seaview, perhaps the next time you’re out,  walk or drive around and see the two that enterprising neighbours have put up.

We’re sounding out our members to see if you think this would be a nifty thing to do. There are only a couple of conditions and preliminary activities to get started:

1.  A place to put one – if a resident or business would like to have one on their property that would be great! It just
needs to be a safe, level spot accessible to walkers. If we
collectively decide to ask for one on public property (like at the
park), we’d have deal with whatever hoops the CVRD requires.

2.  A volunteer steward for each one – someone who would agree
to keep the little library stocked and in good condition. We
also need volunteers to offer the books to go in the library –
children’s books, all kinds. I personally have about 800
paperbacks that I would happily offer.

3. Someone to build each one – are you a handy person? There
are kits available and all kinds of sources for plans, not to
mention pictures to inspire a creative soul. If we need to do a
fundraiser to buy supplies, we can talk about that too.

If you are interested and would like to particpate please contact me: Sue Miller miller [at] shaw [dot] ca

Watermain Construction Upgrade

Notice from Area G Director – Lynne Smith
Posted: 12 Nov 2018 – CVRD Website

Construction Works, Chemainus Road (Olsen Road to Reed Road), Construction is to begin approx. 19th of November.

Please be advised that the CVRD and David Stalker Excavating Ltd. will be working to upgrade the watermain along Chemainus Road, from Olsen Road to Reed Road. Please remember to plan for extra time to get from A to B.

This watermain upgrade is part of the 2018 watermain upgrade program.  Please be advised that during the construction period, traffic disruptions may occur but will be very limited in duration. Every effort will be made to keep local disruptions to a minimum.  Construction signs will be posted and flag persons will be on duty to assist with traffic flow.  Please exercise caution, obey all signage placed for your safety and follow the directions of the flagpersons on duty.

Saltair Water Treatment Expansion Project – CVRD Board of Directors Approve Grant Application


Submitted by: Lynne Smith, Chair

9 Aug 2018

Current Grant Application

On August 1st, I attended the Electoral Area Services Committee (EASC) meeting. I also met with the CVRD Water Manager, Brian Dennison, to review, the current grant application for filtration, Saltair’s water options, our Saltair Water Distribution Upgrades for 2018 and plans for the CVRD staff to hold a meeting with the Saltair community. The video link for this meeting can be found at

On August 8th, I attended the CVRD Board meeting and the CVRD Board Directors passed the motion for the Saltair Water Treatment Expansion Project – Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Green Infrastructure – Environmental Quality Sub-steam application for grant funding.

During the Public Input portion of the EASC meeting (at 14:47 – 15:37), I spoke briefly in support of the grant application. In the video, CVRD Water Manager Brian Dennison talks about the grant (at 2:12 – 2:17). The EASC Directors voted to approve the motion (at 2:30:14 – 2:32). The EASC approval moved to the August 8th CVRD Board for its approval. (That approval was granted at the 8 Aug CVRD Board meeting.)

The motion was, “That an application for grant funding through the Investing In Canada Infrastructure Program – Green Infrastructure – Environmental Quality Sub-stream for the Saltair Water Treatment Expansion Project (Electoral Area G) in the amount $6,030,000 be submitted and that subject to grant approval up to a maximum of $1,608,201 (26.67%) in short term borrowing for the Saltair Water Treatment Expansion Project be approved and that the loan be paid back over five years under the Liabilities Under Agreements Section 175 of the Community Charter.” The $6,030,000 includes a power generating station as part of the project.

As above, the grant application requires $1,608,201 of local funding. In the video, Brian Dennison describes the five- year, short-term loan option. The CVRD is suggesting the Saltair Water System can meet its local funding requirement using such a loan. Once the application has been submitted, CVRD staff will be meeting with the Saltair community to review the option of a short-term loan or taxation increase. CVRD staff will present information about the groundwater option, joining the Town of Ladysmith filtration system and other financial options for a stand-alone, Saltair filtration system (i.e., 10-year, 15-year or 20-year loans). However, coming to the community for a long-term loan at this time would take approximately six months and we would miss out on applying for the grant.

Saltair’s Water Options

In the video, Brian Dennison describes three options for Saltair water:

1) Join the Town of Ladysmith filtration system, which would involve costs to Saltair taxpayers/users approx equal to the cost of a stand-alone, Saltair filtration system.

2) Groundwater, which the CVRD is currently exploring.

3) A stand-alone filtration system.

Brian said CVRD staff will be coming to the Saltair community in the fall (Oct) to review these three options once they have data from the groundwater exploration.

Saltair’s Water Distribution Upgrades

When I met with Brian, he said many of theCVRD projects are coming in at a higher than expected cost. Because of this, the CVRD has revised its 2018 expectations. The bids will be posted shortly. The revised expectation is that the work on Chemainus Road between the PRV Station and Olsen Road will be completed and the work on Chemainus Road between Olsen Road and Southin Road and the work on Southin Road will be optional.

$258,364 of our Area G Gas Tax funds have been allocated to upgrading work on Old Victoria Road. The work will start at the North Cowichan Boundary to deal with a two-inch, 60 metre stretch. Then work will progress towards Jackman Rd. CVRD staff advise that Old Victoria work will have to be done in phases due to higher costs.

Fire Fighting Concerns

When the Chemainus Fire Department and/or the Ladysmith Fire Department attend fires in Saltair, they bring and use pumper trucks. It does not matter where you live in Saltair. The Fire Departments use pumper trucks to fight the fires. Concerns about water pressure for fighting fires is not an issue with the use of pumper trucks. The same is true for Crofton.

Saltair Water Advisory Committee saltairwater [at] gmail [dot] com

Watermain Upgrade Old Victoria Road

Old Victoria Road Watermain Upgrades for 2018

As part of the 15-year Saltair water system remediation, the tender for replacing the asbestos pipe from the Chemainus (North Cowichan) border to approximately Jackman Road will be going out to bids shortly.  As there is a limited budget to work with each year to complete the upgrade work, the complete section of watermain may not be replaced this year.  Work will begin at the Chemainus end and will replace the existing 2″ diameter pipe with 6″ PVC pipe.  Work will continue towards Jackman Road as far as the budget will allow replacing the 4” pipe with a 6″ PVC pipe.  Any remaining watermain to be upgraded will be completed in the future.

Saltair Water System was recently reviewed by the Fire Underwriters Survey and has maintained its fire insurance grading recognition.   It is the understanding of the CVRD that the Saltair Water System is graded as a whole rather than individual streets or sections of the water system therefore insurance premiums should not vary throughout the water system.

At the time the water petition was circulated the pressure problem was to be addressed with a pumping station near the corner of Chemainus and Old Victoria Roads. It now appears that the pressure issue may be addressed more economically with the replacement of the smaller diameter pipes with the 6″ PVC and future looping of the system at the end of Old Victoria Road and Dogwood Road.  If you experience serious pressure problem at your house but have adequate supply pipes the problem may be mitigated by replacing the roadside water service with one of larger size.  The costs to upgrade the size of the water service would be paid for by the homeowner.

Finally, CVRD will be holding a public meeting on the water system in the fall. The session will present emerging information on such issues as water filtration, ground water capacities, and future remediation plans, among other topics and seek input from the community.


Cowichan Valley Trail Update

Latest update on the Saltair portion of the Cowichan Valley Trail.

CVRD issued  new tender proposal request for construction services  on May 17th, 2018  for completion of  sections of the Cowichan Valley Trail along the E&N rail corridor between Cook Street (Chemainus) through to Stocking Creek Park (Saltair),  (approximately 4.3 km). Trail construction will include a 27metre span pedestrian bridge, crossing Stocking Creek.

Closing date to submit construction service proposal: June 7th , 2018 at 2:00 pm CVRD.

Thank you for your patience.




Community Centre Roofing Project Completed

Saltair  Society is pleased to announce the completion of the Saltair Centre roofing project.

Our Torch On roof consists of two layers of modified asphalt that are usually melted together by a torch – hence the name. This creates a roof that is resistant to ultraviolet light and a waterproof barrier, ideal for Vancouver Island’s wet and rainy climate.

View of Community Centre new torch on roofing system

Because it is tear and puncture resistant, a torch-on roof will need less repairs over its lifetime. The roofing material won’t melt in the sun or become brittle. It is fire resistant.

You can expect a long life from a properly applied torch-on roof. Because of its durability, typically a span of  20 years, if installed by a professional roofing company.  The Centre’s roof was installed by TopLine Roofing and has been inspected and approved by West Coast Roofing Inspection Services.