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Blair Excavating Ltd.

Serving Central Vancouver Island

Blair Excavating Ltd. is a family-owned residential excavating company with over 10 years excavating and heavy hauling experience. Located in Errington, BC, Blair Excavating Ltd. offers a wide range of residential excavating services, rock wall builds, and septic installation services. Owners Howard and Shannon Blair are friendly, knowledgeable, and proud to serve the Central Vancouver Island area and beyond!

Blair Excavating

What We Do

We take pride in our commitment to project completion and providing reliable, dependable, and trustworthy service. We work diligently with homeowners to provide the best residential excavation services tailored to their specific needs. We understand that client time is valuable and we strive to work skillfully and efficiently while ensuring successful project completion. You can be confident that when you work with us you will receive quality results delivered with integrity, excellence and great customer service!

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Our Services

Residential Excavation

Blair Excavating Ltd. recognizes that when taking on residential projects, our role is much more than just digging. Our standard of excellence ensures the project is stable, compliant with industry regulations, and of lasting quality.

During our complimentary on-site assessment, we will determine dimensions, grading and levelling needs, aggregates required, and observe surrounding buildings, electricity lines, and subterranean utilities that must be safely accounted for. This also gives us an opportunity to establish a trusting relationship with clients and get a solid understanding of their objectives or concerns. We guarantee the highest level of respect for our clients and helpful advice, making sure their project has lasting durability.


Septic Installation

A new construction septic system is divided into two stages - design and installation. The process starts with a site evaluation and a preliminary design and estimate. Upon acceptance of the estimate, the design is submitted to your local Health Authority for approval. Once they give the green light, we’ll prepare the site and start the installation. Ready to get started? Contact us for more information!


Site Preparation

Clear the land and get building! We remove tree stumps and brush to make access roads, then clear, grade and compact the site to prepare for the next phase of construction.


New Driveway Construction & Gravel Resurfacing

Whether you need a new driveway or require resurfacing of your current one, we build them to last! We employ techniques that improve soil stability, decrease erosion and weed growth, and encourage proper drainage, leaving you with a high quality, worry-free result for years to come.


Rock Walls

Building rock walls requires a keen eye and the ability to fit rocks together that maximize stability and strength. For new rock wall projects, care is taken to choose the best rocks available from our suppliers, which also improves the overall look of the finished project. For rebuilds of existing rock walls, we will use as much of the existing rock as possible alongside new rocks, depending on the clients’ desire. At the end of the project, if a client does not wish to keep the old unused rocks, we can haul them away for their convenience.


Other Services

Our services go beyond excavation! We also offer flatbed trailer services for your transportation needs (24,000lbs max weight). Contact us for more information.

Reducing Impact

Environmental Impact

As a commitment to reducing environmental impact, we are always looking for ways to deliver quality residential projects to our clients by reusing existing material whenever possible.

Budget Impact

Making your dollar stretch is important to us and we will do our best to maximize your savings (or put it towards your next project!) by reusing material wherever we are able to.

Great Excavation and People Skills

Howard Blair

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As a young child in Jamaica, Howard spent his days under vehicles learning how to fix cars and trucks with his father, a mechanic and heavy equipment operator by trade. Howard’s natural aptitude for mechanics and operating abilities coupled with the bond of shared experiences with his father led him into his adult career of operating equipment and heavy hauling in the bauxite industry.

Howard moved to Canada in 2013, where he met his wife, Shannon, marrying her in 2016. In 2021, Howard and Shannon moved to Vancouver Island, where Howard completed his Heavy Equipment Operator program at Vancouver Island University, backed by the Province's trade authority, SkilledTradesBC. His humble nature, care for others and extensive knowledge made him a natural leader among students and a respected alumni with the instructors.

With Howard’s years of excavating experience, solution-oriented approach to business, and partnership with his wife Shannon, Blair Excavating Ltd. was born!

When he isn’t working, Howard enjoys spending time building memories with his wife & two children, and cooking up delicious Jamaican food.

Together, Howard and Shannon desire to build the community of Central Vancouver Island and continue to grow roots with the people that make this a wonderful place to live!

About Blair Excavating

We’re Howard and Shannon Blair, husband and wife owners of Blair Excavating Ltd. Howard is certified through SkilledTradesBC and brings over 10 years of heavy equipment operating and mechanical experience to the table. Together, we have over 30 years of heavy hauling experience, making us an efficient team to serve your residential excavating needs.

Howard’s exceptional knowledge coupled with his humble approach will quickly put you at ease. You’ll see the importance he places on understanding your goals, giving you solid advice, and explaining his approach for minimal impact to your property from start to finish. Shannon’s bookkeeping background ensures your estimate will be as close to the final invoice as possible, with no surprises down the road. If anything unexpected comes up, we’ll make sure to communicate quickly to find satisfactory solutions. Don’t just take our word for it, check out some of our testimonials and see what people are saying!


Blair Excavating are professional, detailed, and trustworthy. We hired them last minute to help with backfill around our property. They showed up on time and followed through on schedule and on budget. Shannon took extra steps to ensure we had the best fill for the best value. Howard is very experienced and makes great recommendations based on his expertise. I absolutely recommend them and they will be our first call for future work.


We had a small but delicate job excavating a large number of tree and shrub roots that possibly could affect the house foundation. Howard did an excellent, thorough job cleaning them out for us. Arrangements to schedule the job went smoothly as he went out of his way to get it done at our convenience. I strongly recommend Blair Excavating.


Our Mission

Our daily mission is to serve others. This simple statement means that our focus is operating with integrity, and our customers needs are our top priority. By making fairness, respect, and high-quality workmanship a priority, we build lasting relationships with our customers. We strive to do everything we can to save you time, money and energy for your next project.


Contact Our Team

At Blair Excavating, we look forward to meeting you and working with you to create the perfect excavation solution for your property. For more information or to book an assessment, please click the contact link below:


(250) 240-0104

Errington, BC