New to North Saanich
If you are new to North Saanich, we welcome you! To assist you, we have produced a Residents Information: About the District of North Saanich brochure for your use.
North Saanich, one of the most beautiful and diverse municipalities in the region, will usually be the first community visitors will experience when visiting. Both main travel entrance points on Southern Vancouver Island, the Swartz Bay Terminal for BC Ferries and the Victoria International Airport, are located here.
A significant portion of our land is agricultural with many varied and active farms and other rural attractions. Not only do these offer a supply of locally produced food, but they provide a charming contrast to our residential areas. Energetic volunteers host our well established Saturday morning farm market at St. John’s United Church on West Saanich Road. Many farms offer sales of produce, breads, preservatives, and meats at this market and you may even find local jewelry and art. Our annual farm Flavour Trail event usually happens the third week in August.
Our walking trails are extensive and appealing, covering most areas in the municipality and ranging from those easily walkable to more challenging areas in Horth Hill Park and Dean Park, well worth the effort for the views. Other parks offer a variety of attractions, including magnificent views of our shores, and our native plants and trees. We have produced a Parks, Trails, and Beach Access Guide which is available online or at the Municipal Hall to visitors and residents.
In addition to these aspects, our 45km shoreline extends around the municipality, attracting many boaters and fishing enthusiasts, and serviced by local marinas. The Panorama Recreation Centre offers swimming, tennis, skating and other fitness facilities. There are two local golf courses, Glen Meadows and Ardmore.
The opportunity to indulge in such a variety of leisure activities is enhanced in North Saanich by the unspoiled beauty of our rural and marine areas.
Some other community highlights:
- Maclean’s Magazine (2017) ranked us as the safest community in B.C.
- Money Sense (2017) rated us as the 4th best place to live in Canada
Visit our About North Saanich page for more general information about North Saanich.
Visit our Services page for information on services that the District provides.