Saanich & Central Saanich
North of downtown, the District of Saanich and the District of Central Saanich offer all the charms of country life in its rural expanses and all the conveniences of urban life in its residential neighbourhoods. Saanich means “place of fertile soil” in the language of the local aboriginal people and the area abounds with lush green parks including Swan Lake, Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary and Mount Douglas Park. Hike or drive to the top of Mount Douglas for a panoramic 360-degree view of Greater Victoria. Pathways await explorers in search of ocean beaches, waterfront strolls, neighbourhood walks, scenic vistas and country rambles on horseback. Many countryside farms and cottages offer vegetables, fruit and flowers for sale on the honour system from roadside stands. While in Saanich, visit local attractions including; the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Centre of the Universe, Saanich Commonwealth Place and Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (a local mecca for swimming, rowing, windsurfing, fishing, walking and horseback riding).