It’s time for Tennis again in Saltair
Saltair has a long history of tennis. The first Saltair
tennis tournament was held in 1984. At that time, the
area leaders had the foresight to build the best tennis
facility, open to the public, between Victoria and
Nanaimo. It has served well the tennis players of Saltair
as well as players from the surrounding areas.
The courts are located in Saltair Centennial Park.
Access to the park is off South Oyster School Road or
from Mountain View Drive.
The courts are not visible from either of the parking lots so you can easily miss them unless you venture into the park. The courts are
located at the north east corner of the park. (Google
Earth provides an excellent aerial view of the park and
The tennis facility consists of two painted courts as well as a practice
wall – if you are just learning to play or don’t have a partner to play with, having a practice wall is a real bonus.
Saltair is where you come to play tennis. Saltair
has had and continues to have an active tennis community. Currently there are 25 to 30 members who play regularly on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, mornings from mid March to mid October.
These sessions are purely social and very welcoming of new players.
More competitive matches are scheduled outside the morning sessions.
Tennis is a growing sport in Canada and provides an excellent opportunity for exercise, fresh air and appropriately distanced socialization during this time of COVID. It is also very good way for people new to the area to be introduced into the community.
Regardless of your level of play, you will find a suitable tennis
partner at the Saltair courts. If you are interested in playing tennis, you are encouraged to drop in on one of the morning social sessions.
(Note: The current BC Health orders limits tennis to only playing singles at this time, therefore, group play (doubles) and the morning Monday, Wednesday and Saturday sessions will commence once this health order is rescinded. )
Submitted by: Matt Huhtala and David Nikula, Saltair, Tennis player advocates