Blaauw Pier is situated in Deep Cove, off Madrona Drive in the District of North Saanich. The pier is owned by the District of North Saanich, and consists of a long deck, supported on wooden pilings, which extends out into the cove.
Blaauw Pier is a testament to the sustained popularity of Deep Cove as a recreational area. Deep Cove, originally known as Deep Bay, became a popular destination for short escapes from the city, starting with the inauguration of the British Columbia Electric Railway Saanich Interurban line in 1913.
Further significance is attained through this historic structure’s association with the North Saanich community, and with resident Bill Blaauw. The first wharf on Deep Cove was constructed in the 1920s; however, it fell into disrepair and the new Government Wharf was constructed in 1965. It was significant as the only dock in the Deep Cove area that provided access for boaters and fishermen.
Character Defining Elements
- Location at the water’s edge, on the rocky west shore of North Saanich, with views of the Saanich Inlet;
- Picturesque setting on the shallow calm waters of Deep Cove;
- Ongoing public use;
- Heavy timber frame construction of the pier with wooden pilings, planking and braces.