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Affectionately known as "Sunny Saltair", this unincorporated coastal community offers a rural feel with panoramic ocean and mountain views.
Located within the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Saltair is situated 5-minutes from Chemainus, 10-minutes from Ladysmith, just over 20-minutes from Duncan, and 30-minutes from Nanaimo offering its population of just over 2,000 residents an idyllic, scenic place to call home with the added convenience of having all retail, commercial, medical, and recreational needs met within the immediate surrounding area.
School-age children in Saltair attend nearby Chemainus Elementary from K to Grade 7 and Chemainus Secondary from Grade 8 through 12.
A newer commercial development, Stocking Creek Village has been developed on Chemainus Road and offers 16 commercial buildings that provide the ideal venue for businesses to meet the needs of the residents with current offerings including a coffee shop, book store, supermarket, self-storage, and marine services.
For a greater selection of retail experiences, as well as medical practices and personal care facilities, nearby Chemainus will cover all needs, with Ladysmith also offering locally-owned boutique-style shops and chain stores, and Duncan and Nanaimo both offering a multitude of shopping options from big box stores to specialty shops and boutiques.
As a coastal community, much of the attraction in Saltair is its oceanfront and in particular, its 6 beach access points located from the north to the south end of the community, where low tides provide the elbow room to explore the shore on the pebble and sandy beaches with views of the Stuart Channel and the north shore mountain backdrop. In addition to local area water activities that include swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, and boating, land-based activities are also plentiful in the numerous local area parks and include opportunities for walking, hiking, cycling, and horseback riding, while golfers will appreciate the local par 71 Mount Brenton Golf Course among the numerous others in the local area, with the fishing hotspot in the nearby Chemainus River, famous for its steelhead fishing and cutthroat and rainbow trout, satisfying the recreational fishermen and women among us.
A small community, Saltair won’t be the destination of choice for those seeking a vibrant nightlife scene, offering instead peace and quiet, recreational activities in the natural setting, and inspiration for the many artists in the surrounding area. For more varied entertainment, area residents are accustomed to traveling to nearby communities for a host of options from live theatre to movies, music to comedy shows, and exhibitions to sporting events.
Though predominantly rural, Saltair is home to the Coffee Shack and artisanal gelato shop specializing in espresso-based coffee and other specialty beverage as well as healthy breakfast and lunch options, house-made treats, and gelato in addition to the Saltair Neighbourhood Pub offering traditional pub fare. Meanwhile, all surrounding communities also offer a variety of dining options to suit all tastes and satisfy all cravings.
There are several notable parks in the area: The Stocking Creek Park is a 15.6-hectare park with a picnic area and trails that meander through the rainforest and that lead to the creek and falls. Running parallel with Stocking Creek Park, the Cowichan Valley Trail is a multi-use trail and an integral part of the Great Trail or Trans Canada Trail, ideal for cycling and walking. The Diana, Princess of Wales Wilderness Park, comprises 32 acres of preserved coastal Douglas fir habitat and offers an easy walking trail through beautiful natural landscapes. While the Saltair Centennial Park is a large multi-sport community park in Saltair that includes 2 ball fields, a picnic shelter, a playground, sports courts, and a tennis court.