Chalet Beach is a west-facing pebble beach accessed off Chalet Road, in the District of North Saanich. It is situated on a small semicircular bay with expansive westerly views of Saanich Inlet, Mill Bay, Cowichan Bay and the mouth of Sansum Narrows; the old Deep Cove Chalet is adjacent to the beach.
It is significant for its association with the recreational and social history of Victoria. The advent of the British Columbia Electric Railway Saanich Interurban line service in 1913 resulted in Deep Cove becoming a popular leisure destination. The BCER designed and constructed the Deep Cove Chalet in 1913 as a tourist draw. Presently, Chalet Beach continues to be a popular picnic spot, and attracts kayakers and swimmers.
Chalet Beach is also valuable for its association with the Tseycum First Nation, one of four Saanich groups in the area and part of the Northern Straits Coast Salish language group.
Character Defining Elements
- Location on the west shore of North Saanich, with views of Saanich Inlet;
- Ongoing public use for recreation;
- Picturesque setting on the shallow calm waters of Deep Cove;
- Remains of boat launch/marine ways;
- Associated landscape features such as mature deciduous and coniferous trees;
- First Nations archaeological sites.