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Watch Saltair Water Systems Virtual Community Meeting Here

Click the Youtube video link below to watch a comprehensive informational Q & A virtual meeting regarding up coming changes to Saltair Water Systems

If you would like further engagement in this process you may attend an in person public meeting scheduled on October 28th, 2020 at 7:00 pm   at Aggie Hall 1110 First Ave, Ladysmith.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the public meeting will be restricted to 45 attendees; therefore they ask that you pre-register by emailing es [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca if you plan on attending the in-person meeting so staff can manage the number of attendees. Adequate spacing of 2m distance between people will be maintained, contact tracing, sanitizer and disposable mask will be available. Masks are encouraged to be used by attendees.

If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Dennison at 250-746-2530 or email Brian [dot] Dennison [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca

BC Elections Voting Available at Saltair Community Centre

Voting is available at the Saltair Community Centre

Did you know you can vote at Saltair Centre?  Although it is not a designated polling station, it is however,  an official District Electoral Office of Elections BC and therefore, is set up for polling and accepts your vote in this current provincial BC Election.

Please drive to the back of the Centre and enter via the rear blue doors as pictured below.

Hours of operation are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

3850 South Oyster School Rd

Please follow COVID signage and stated procedures. Hand sanitizer and masks are provided.

Rear Entrance of Saltair Centre


Saltair Water Treatment Public Meeting

Saltair Water System Public Meeting

October 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Aggie Hall, 1110 First Avenue, Ladysmith

CVRD staff will be hosting this public meeting to give customers an opportunity to learn more about the VIHA mandated water filtration plant upgrade and the public approval process of borrowing $3.7 million funds required through a long term, low interest loan from the Municipal Finance Authority.  Financing over 20 years will mean an increase of approximately $270 per year per  parcel.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the public meeting will be restricted to 45 attendees; therefore they ask that you pre-register by emailing  es [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca if you plan on attending the in-person meeting so staff can manage the number of attendees.  Adequate spacing of 2m distance between people will be maintained, contact tracing, sanitizer and disposable mask will be available.  Masks are encouraged to be used by attendees.

If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Dennison at 250-746-2530 or email Brian [dot] Dennison [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca



Orca Family Put on Quite a Show Along Saltair’s Shoreline

Orca Family Visit Saltair Shoreline

Lucky Saltair, Ladysmith & Chemainus residents were delighted to witness a rare visit by a family of killer whales (Orcas).  The adults and baby whales put on quite a show while cruising near Davis Road Lagoon and Ladysmith Harbour.

Thank you to Photographers Art Carlyle and Shawn Wagar.

Wow! photo credit: Shawn Wagar
Orca family cruising along Saltair shores Counted 8 whales! Photo Credit: Shawn Wagar
Orca pod with Davis Lagoon bridge in the background photo credit: Shawn Wagar

Photo Credit Shawn Wagar

Photo Credit: Shawn Wagar

Little baby Orca peeping his head out of the water! Photo Credit: Art Carlyle

Ladysmith Harbour – Orca sightings Photo Credit: Art Carlyle

Air Quality Alert

6:09 AM PDT Saturday 12 September 2020
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Campbell River
  • Comox Valley
  • Duncan, Ladysmith, Chemainus
  • East Vancouver Island – Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay
  • Nanaimo

Smoky Skies Bulletin – September 11, 2020

The Regions of BC highlighted on the map are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 72 hours. The bulletin has been extended to include more regions over the weekend. Smoke impacts due to long-range transport from wildfires in the western United States have already been observed in some areas of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and portions of the Interior. Smoke forecast models indicate the potential for a significant push of smoke into BC throughout the weekend. The anticipated smoke trajectory indicates that the areas impacted will grow to the north and east as the weekend progresses with the most widespread impacts expected on Sunday. Areas at higher latitudes, such as Prince George, may have smoke passing through the region aloft. With falling temperatures overnight, temperature inversions in mountain valleys can increase the likelihood of smoke being trapped near the ground. Localized impacts from the Talbott Creek, Woodbury Creek, and Doctor Creek fires continue to be expected.

The next bulletin update will be available September 14, 2020. The bulletin can be accessed online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/air-advisories

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.

For more information on current air quality, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Issued by Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment

Saltair Community Centre is Open

Saltair Community Centre  has reopened  for multi purpose use and quality community programs.

The Saltair Community Society welcomes back it’s patrons with restrictions that align with facility safety plans and guidance from governing bodies.
Please read green highlighted embedded document for full details:
In summary, the following safety measures will be in place at Saltair Community Centre

Physical Distancing: Users must adhere to physical distancing (6 feet or 2 metres) in the facility at all times

Strict Illness Policy – If you have a fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, or are sneezing you must stay home  for 10 days and avoid going out in public as much as possible If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days you are to stay home and self-quarantine.
If you feel you are suffering from any other symptoms such as flu-like symptoms including diarrhea in the last 24 hours you are expected to stay home.  If you answer YES to any of the above, STAY HOME. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Hand washing : To reduce the spread of COVID-19, hand washing has been identified as the most effective
method. It is strongly recommended, to increase hand washing for all utilizing the facility. Proper hand washing procedures have been posted throughout the facility and hand washing is
• Upon arrival and before departure of the facility
• Before and after any transitions
• Before and after eating and drinking
• After using the toilet
• Before and after use of equipment
• After sneezing or coughing

Entering and Exiting the Facility
• Patrons are asked to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of a program and leave immediately following the program, staying no longer than 10 minutes
• Participants attending programs will be provided with a program guideline document prior to the start of the program which outlines entry and exit procedures. Each program is different based on the room your program will be utilizing. Please ensure you fully
understand this document prior to arriving
• Notice will be displayed at the main entrance instructing patrons, delivery personnel not to enter if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or symptoms of COVID-19
• Patrons must follow all directional markers through the facility and obey all posted signs

• Hand sanitizer will be provided in the hallway and Gym for people to use when entering and exiting the facility; however, handwashing is the preferred method upon entry and exit.

Main Entrance doors
At this time, no programs or outside user groups will be using the Main Entrance.
Use of the front entrance will be limited to Licensed Childcare to maintain the integrity of cleanliness and reduce possible exposure to attendees.

Entrance Meeting Rooms 16,17,18,19
• Patrons will enter through the back Community Centre doors marked enter
• Follow guidelines identified in this document including directional signage and physical
distancing markers
• Patrons are to park vehicles in the back parking lot.
Upon Building Entry
• Proceed to hand sanitizer stations prior to participating in program use
proceed directly to room where your program is scheduled for
• Please do not use hallway area for social gatherings.

Exit Protocol
• Following your program proceed to handwashing in meeting room.
• Exit facility through rear exit door. do not use main entry doors)
• Please leave within 10 minutes, following your program/booking

Gymnasium Users
Enter street side gym doors at the front right side of building leading directly into the gym.  Do not enter the main middle doors into the Centre.
Street Parking on South Oyster School road.

In Closing:

The SCS recognizes the importance of WorkSafeBC and its safety protocols put in place to protect the Centre.

It is important to note that all users do have the right to refuse to enter the Community Centre if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

The SCS recognizes the importance to incorporate strategies for reducing transmission risks of COVID-19 to safeguard everyone and thanks the community for supporting these safety measures.

Posted on behalf of Saltair Community Society Directors

Fitness For Life Classes Resume at Saltair Community Centre

Fitness For Life Classes are Back!

Covid 19 guidelines and rules are in place and must be followed. Everyone in class maintains a safe distance of 2 meters. Everyone washes hands prior to class start and all equipment is thoroughly disinfected after each class. We also communicate at the beginning of each class to make sure everyone is OK & has a safe space to share if they are worried.⁣

Until further notice we will continue to provide classes for all who choose to attend💪

Fitness for Life Class working on side planks while practicing safe distancing. Photo courtesy of Tyler Buck

The Fitness For Life Club has also launched online!

We have been working diligently to create online programs & classes that will help you improve your health, increase your energy and become a stronger version of you.

We are currently offering meditation, fitness, and yoga. Our plans are to expand out further into nutrition, cooking, mental health, and so on.

The sky’s the limit!

We have created a special one time 50% off discount for current and past Boundless clients. This covers two free weeks plus a one-week free trial.

Use this code at checkout: BOUNDLESS

Visit our website: www.fitnessforlife.club

PS – If you not a current or past client you are still eligible for one free week on us 💪


Tyler Buck, Co-founder & Head Coach

Tyler Buck - Co-Founder - Coach Instructor

Join Saltair Tennis

Come and Join Saltair Tennis

Centennial Park Tennis Courts (South Oyster School Road)
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 11 a.m.
All play levels welcome.

Saltair Centennial Park has had an active tennis community
since the courts were built in the early 1980’s. The first
tennis tournament was held in 1984.

Today, the enthusiasm for tennis continues. Saltair has an
informal tennis community of about 25 players who play
regularly from March to October on Monday, Wednesday
and Saturday mornings. These sessions are recreational and
all inclusive. Play is structured such that everyone plays
regardless of their play level and sets are limited to four
games to ensure everyone gets to play. If you are new to the
area or are interested in playing, or learning to play, you are
encouraged to join us.

It is healthy outdoor exercise and
will be an excellent introduction for you into the Saltair

Players wanting to play more competitive tennis, can schedule
their play outside the above noted days and times.

Matt Huhtala, Saltair Tennis Player

Play year-round Tennis at Centennial Park tennis courts

Electric Cycling in Saltair

Ebikes have surged in popularity in the last few years.  They’re great for outdoor activities like exploring nature, your local community,  family time and improving overall fitness.

Electric bikes makes riding convenient, easy and effortless. And this might keep you wondering: “Isn’t the point of riding a bike to get exercise?  Isn’t an ebike cheating?”.

That’s a legitimate question a lot of people have. And the answer is no.  First of all, that  electric motor is there to help you, but you don’t have to use it all the time. The pedal assist makes riding super easy,  you can just pedal or use the motor only. Going uphills is a breeze!

Electric bikes make exercising accessible, whether you are fit or not. In fact, most e-bike riders get more exercise as they ride more often, and for longer distances.

For most people, the difference between an electric bike and a regular bike is riding or not riding. Riding a regular bike is fun, but can be exhausting. Electric bikes are easy, convenient and accessible, so you’ll be more inclined to ride more  and  get the physical benefits as well.

Riding any bike at all gives you so many things. Freedom, stress-reduction, better health, more free time, more enjoyment. And we shouldn’t dismiss other benefits, such as reduced car traffic and a better environment.

No longer do you need to worry that you won’t be strong enough, or have enough endurance to complete a ride. By eliminating the barriers that stop so many people from riding, such as their health, hills or distance, more people will ride.

If concerns like these have kept you off a bike, then an electric bike might be just the thing you need to get back out there.

Check out the following Ebike experiences from our local  Saltair  Ebike owners to help you decide whether an Ebike might be for you.

Local Saltairians and Ebike enthusiasts the “Stegemanns”

“I had biked for most of my life but because of my advanced age, found it increasingly hard to make the hills in this area.  A little over seven years ago my husband and I decided to try e-bikes.  John, who had not done a lot of biking, fell in love with the e-bikes.  We bought two bikes and in six years put more than 22,000 km. on each of them.  We took them “south” where we spent four months of every year and rode them almost every day.

After six years we would have had to purchase new batteries, tires etc. so made the decision to buy new bikes  –  this time from Costco.  We love our new bikes.  They are lighter and are even easier to manage than the more expensive bikes we previously had.

My husband is 82 and I am 79 and it’s now time for us to stay home and ride our bikes here. 
We are thrilled with the wonderful biking trail from Watts Rd. all the
way to Crozier Rd.  We often ride into Chemainus and go for coffee at the Willow Street Cafe or the little bakery on Pine, or supper at Wings.  Some days when we are especially ambitious, we ride from Saltair to Crozier Rd., then come north again all the way to Watts, then back to Saltair.  That is approximately 20 km.   We have also gone all the way to Transfer Beach and back. That means we have to ride on Chemainus Rd. for part of the way and then through parts of Ladysmith. 

The e-bike allows us to work as hard as we want to.  We always peddle, but depending on whether we are on a straight path or going uphill, we’ll turn our bikes to the appropriate number. This allows us to ride almost all hills.

We also ride all around Saltair.   By riding into every cul-de-sac we
can manage approximately 12 km.  while avoiding Chemainus Rd.

Most folks in cars are very cautious and give bikers lots of room.  We
appreciate that so much.

Eight years ago I had a hip replaced.  Biking has kept our muscles from atrophying.  Three years ago I had open heart surgery but was back on my bike within four weeks.

We often say that buying e-bikes was the best investment we have ever made because we have kept in shape and are out there in the fresh air, enjoying ourselves immensely.  Especially now with this Covid 19 happening, our e-bikes have become a life saver because we have not isolated but are able to distance and still be out there in the fresh air.

We can heartily recommend purchasing an e-bike if you have knee or hip problems.  You will get a good workout without putting extra strain on knees and hips.  Remember, your weight is primarily on your seat but you are using and moving all parts of your body including your arms and torso.  It is easier on the body to ride a bike than to walk.  I hope to be able to ride my e-bike until I am no longer able to walk”. Submitted by Christa Stegemann

Local Saltair Gal & ECyclist “Debbie Neil”

1)  I was returning to cycling for fun after a long break and I liked the idea of an e-bike because of the battery assist for hill climbing.  My son who is only 32 years old recently purchased an e-bike for the hills of Kamloops so e-bike span the needs of all ages and stages!

2)  I like the power option provided by an e-bike and still have my traditional bicycle to ride if the mood hits me.

3)  Cycling the streets of Saltair is fun.  The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) is great for cycling but gaining access to it via Chemainus road can be daunting as it is narrow and very busy with car traffic.  We certainly could use bike lanes.

4)  I think it is both safer and more fun to cycle with a friend.  It is a great way to spend time with friends while social distancing.  Great way to feel connected to the community of Saltair.

5)  I would cycle to Chemainus and beyond on the Great Trail.

6)  I think an e-bike is a health boasting device as it gets you out and moving, good both physically and mentally.

7)  An e-bike is great for anyone any level but especially if you are compromised physically. 

  Submitted by Debbie Neil

“There are a few reasons  I transitioned to an ebike from a traditional peddle bike. Mostly I was tired of lugging my groceries up Oak st in Chemainus from the old 49th I needed help to manipulate the hill on my old ten speed.
Peddle assist and the throttle are very beneficial and now I can lug all the groceries I need without breaking a sweat.
I love riding my bike around Saltair especially down Nebel and Olsen road along Diana park area,overlooking the cornfield.
I ride the CVT at least twice a week to Chemainus and or Ladysmith as we don’t have any transit service here in Saltair,all year round ,rain or shine.  Without my ebike I probably would have to move.
I do feel I still get a workout, I like to peddle and conserve my battery.  Even when riding an ebike I still feel I am getting exercise!”  Submitted by Helen A.
“I want to put in a word about purchasing an e-bike. There are very nice people in the Nanaimo and Duncan bike shops, and they are definitely becoming more knowledgeable about e-bikes.
It really is important to spend some time road testing various bikes because it can be an expensive purchase and you need to be sure you find an e-bike that fits you. They are also much heavier than a regular bike, so look at a “push” feature to use when you are dismounted to climb a hill or have a bike breakdown. Also, if you have problems with arthritis in knees or hips, remember that you will probably have to step through the frame to mount your bike rather than push off and swing your leg over like we did when we were younger.
I have also talked to a number of people who have bought an e-bilke with a motor mounted on the rear axle. If you are remounting an e-bike and the power assist is on high or the gear ration in low, the bike can take off like a rocket! I think a motor mounted on the pedal ‘crankshaft’ is much safer, 
My wife and I purchased the best bike we could afford, and after two years of riding, we are really glad we did! We are also very pleased that we chose to buy locally from Kelly Demoline and Citrus Cycles. Kelly sells only e-bikes and is extremely knowledgeable. He has also provided us with excellent after sales service and is especially sensitive to the needs of seniors.  See you on the CVT!   Submitted Ed Nicholson. 
In Closing:
Saltair is specifically fortunate to have access to the Cowichan Valley Trail system which allows for a safe scenic ride away from the vehicle traffic of  Chemainus Road.  The Cowichan Valley Trail allows cyclists to access communities like Ladysmith and Chemainus for sightseeing and  local shopping.
Saltair ECyclists can also meander slowly through our quiet neighbourhoods via South Oyster School Rd, Olsen Rd, Wilcox, Clifcoe Rd and Stocking Creek Park.
 Always be mindful of sharing the trails with pedestrians, pets and horses, slow down and ring your bell when passing by.
If you would like information on choosing an Ebike:  Click here
There is also a local Ebike shop in Ladysmith Citrus Cycles:  Click this to go to Citrus Cycles
“Its hard NOT to smile when riding an electric bike!”
 Sunny Saltair Admin.

How to Report Excessive Noise & Light Concerns Related to Vessels at Anchor

Click  on the highlighted link below to submit noise and light concerns related to vessels at anchor along coastline of Saltair and Ladysmith.  Click Here to Submit Noise & Light Concerns!

In accordance with the Interim Protocol for the Use of Southern B.C. Anchorages, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will address anchorage concerns related to noise and light.

Please complete the form in the link provided. Once the online form is submitted, it will generate an automatic email to the port authority’s 24/7 port operations centre, who will contact the vessel’s agent (responsible for the ship while in B.C.’s coastal waters) within two to four hours to minimize noise and light when possible and safe to do so.

Please note that ships require some power and light to safely operate when at anchor. Your concerns will also be reported to Transport Canada.

For information or general concerns related to the Southern B.C. anchorages, please contact Transport Canada.

Concerned homeowners are effected by excessive noise and lights from vessels anchored along the Saltair coastline. photo by Doug & Sabrina Blackley