Living in Salmon Beach, BC

Living in Salmon Beach, BC: The Basics

Location: Barkley Sound
Average home price: $200K
Average home type: Cottages

Own your piece of the rugged west coast Living in Salmon Beach, B.C. Salmon Beach is a recreational cottage community situated on beautiful Barkley Sound shores — home to countless recreational activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Living in Salmon Beach, BC, you will wake up to the sounds of the surf, with spectacular views of the mountains, the Broken Group Islands, and the ocean beyond. Known for its abundance of wildlife, you’ll experience nature at its wildest and finest, with whales, sea lions, and the many bald eagles that nest along the shoreline. From Salmon Beach, you’ll be able to pick your own oysters and clams or even trap Dungeness crab or prawns.

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The private boat ramp allows you to go out and experience some of the world’s best salmon, halibut, and cod fishing, or superb kayaking and SUPing in the sheltered coves of the Broken Island Group.

A remote, but an accessible recreational community.
Salmon Beach has evolved into one of the most unique and prized recreational cottage communities on Vancouver Island.

Contact me today if you’re wondering how to move to Salmon Beach, B.C.

Weather in Salmon Beach, BC

While British Columbia is generally cool and wet, Ucluelet enjoys delightful ocean breezes, relatively warm summers, and soothing rain. 

Winters are especially wet, with precipitation more than twice that of Vancouver, but tend to be snow-free. Summers are a bit drier and have plenty of sunny days to enjoy the beach.

Living in Salmon Beach, B.C. has been compared to living in Ireland, where the sea dominates the climate and encourages a regular cycle of cleansing rains, mysterious fog, and mild days.

Cost of Living in Salmon Beach, BC

Living in Salmon Beach, you may notice property taxes are a little higher than average. Let’s explain why. Salmon Beach uses the Assessment Portion of Property Taxes. This method of taxation is used for the Provincial and Regional services provided to Salmon Beach. A tax rate is applied to the value of land and improvements of the property. 

You most likely live in a place with a larger population and tax base, which results in lower tax rates. Salmon Beach consists of only 380 recreational lots (no commercial); therefore, infrastructure can seem costly. Also, because the lots are recreational, you can apply for the Home Owner Grant for the property.

Over 70% of the assessment based tax collected from Salmon Beach pays for Provincial taxes, including School Tax, Rural Area Tax, Police Tax & BC Assessment.

The 30% of the assessment based tax collected from Salmon Beach pays for Regional District services, including general government costs, planning, building inspection, parks, library,911 telephone service, West Coast Landfill, Long Beach Airport, and the Alberni- Clayoquot Regional Hospital District.

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Employment in Salmon Beach, BC

Salmon Beach and the surrounding communities of Tofino and Ucluelet are predominantly a fishing village with a heavy emphasis on ecotourism. Marine activities, both commercial and recreational, are major economic drivers for the district.

The secondary industries revolve around these activities and include accommodations and hospitality, foodservice and dining, retail, and the arts. Many residents work for large resorts, and there are dozens of independent restaurants, cafés, and breweries supporting the local economy.

Salmon Beach has a lower unemployment rate and fewer retirees compared to the rest of Vancouver Island. This is largely because its residents are primarily older millennials and Gen Z, who are actively participating in the workforce or carving out their own opportunities.

If you’re figuring out how to move to Ucluelet but are nervous about job opportunities, rest assured that the area can support remote workers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. The area has also experienced some new development, leading to more construction jobs and small businesses — and therefore more job creation.

Buying a home in Salmon Beach, BC

Zoning now allows for cottage construction — depending on your lot size, you can build a cottage up to 768 sq ft footprint, 1 & 1/2 stories. Smaller lots (60x120ft) have a maximum footprint of 560 sq ft. All lots can have a 160 sq ft shed. 

Living in Salmon Beach, BC will feel like a permanent recreation with an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy and a tight-knit community. If you’d like to browse my top listings in Salmon Beach, click here. Contact me when you find something you love, and we’ll schedule a showing.

If you have any questions about how to move to Salmon Beach, B.C. I am happy to answer them all. I’ve lived on Vancouver Island for more than a decade now, and I look forward to welcoming you to your new home.

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Utilities in Salmon Beach, BC

Living in Salmon Beach, B.C., residents are provided with several utilities. With BC Hydro now available at Salmon Beach, you will enjoy a richer experience while here. Some properties have pulled power in; it’s at the lot line of others. Owners catch rainwater and store it in 1,500 gallon holding tanks. 

Sewer/Septic is a 1,500-gallon holding tank. When the light goes on that you’re nearing full, you call the Village pump truck, a cost of approx $150/pumpout, and they release it into the Village sani-field.

Internet is by way of Satellite Internet, available from Tofino Tech, or tether to your cell phone.The phone is cell phone service only, you won’t have service from Port Alberni all the way up Toquart bay road, but soon after turning towards Salmon Beach, you’ll be back on the cell grid.

Getting around Salmon Beach, BC

The Tofino-Long Beach Airport (YAZ) is centrally located between Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island’s west coast. Transportation that services Salmon Beach includes:

|  Port Alberni/Clayoquot Transit
| Handi-Dart reservations 250-724-1311
Proposed Tofino-Ucluelet Transit Service

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Healthcare in Salmon Beach, BC

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional Hospital District provides healthcare for people living in Salmon Beach. Several surrounding volunteer fire departments can assist with emergency response and fire protection.

Education in Salmon Beach, BC

Children living in Salmon Beach can attend schools in surrounding communities, including public education that is offered by the School District 70 Alberni through the Wickaninnish Community School in Tofino and Ucluelet Secondary School in Ucluelet.
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Dining out in Salmon Beach, BC

Residents living in Salmon Beach enjoy access to a wealth of fantastic restaurants, coffee shops, and brand new spots to check out in Tofino and Ucluelet’s neighboring communities. 

Over the years, Tofino has grown from its quiet fishing town roots, and the culinary scene has become an award-winning force to be reckoned with. Some of the most popular restaurants in Tofino include Lil Ronnie Beachside BBQ, Rhino Coffee House, Shed, Chocolate Tofino.

Things to do in Salmon Beach, BC

Salmon beach is an adventurer’s paradise. From hiking the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to fishing, boating, and swimming at Salmon Beach and surrounding coastal communities, you will be sure to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle that Salmon Beach offers.

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Planning on moving to Salmon Beach, BC?

Whatever your reason may be for relocating to Salmon Beach, the moving process can be an enormously stressful experience. I want to use my experience in the Salmon Beach real estate market to help you and your family find your dream home. Contact me today! This area is my home, and I can’t wait to help you find your new home.

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