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North Saanich, Vancouver Island Photo Province of BC

Saanichton

Saanichton is a small village situated in the delightful peninsula known as the Saanich Peninsula in Southern Vancouver Island. Surrounded by water Saanich offers an abundance of water activities. Its pastoral landscape is home to several attractions including Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site, comprised of 55 acres of floral displays, spectacular views and expansive lawns.  The Centre of the Universe is an interpretive centre at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory featuring family-friendly interactive exhibits with spectacular views of the cosmos. Colourful aquarium habitats teem with marine life from the Salish Sea in the nearby Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney. Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a rare opportunity to experience a true tropical jungle. Home to thousands of exotic butterflies, tropical ducks, stunning flamingos, rare tropical birds and more.

Get out and enjoy the outdoors. Situated on top of Mount Newton on southern Vancouver Island, John Dean Provincial Park overlooks the pastoral Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands, and the Cascade Mountains. A number of hiking trails, varying in degrees of difficulty, wind through the inspiring forest across the south and east face of Mount Newton.  Go cycling. The northern trailhead of the Galloping Goose Trail is on the Sidney waterfront and runs 55 km (34 mi) to Victoria and on to Sooke. Built on a former rail bed, the north leg of the trail connects with the Lochside Regional Trail, a 29 km (18 mi) route that winds its way from Victoria through the Saanich Peninsula to Sidney and Swartz Bay.

Location

Saanichton is located on Vancouver Island 13 km (8 mi) south of the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal west off Pat Bay Hwy 17. It is 6 km (4 mi) south of Victoria International Airport and 20 km (12 mi) north of Victoria.

A Step Back in Time

The beautiful rolling landscape of the Saanich Peninsula is dotted with farms, communities, parks, forests, lakes, and ocean inlets. This area was first inhabited by the Wsanec First Nations people, who now live in four communities on the Saanich Peninsula: Tsarslip, Tsawout, Pauquachin, and Tseycum. The Saanich Peninsula today is a bountiful countryside where rural and urban lifestyles blend together.

Contact Information

Tourism Victoria

Saanichton & Nearby Accommodations

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Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Saanichton

Award-winning resort on the ocean, over 69 sites available. Close to Victoria, Sidney, ferries, whale watching, Butchart Gardens and city bus. WiFi, 30/50 amp, laundromat, playground. East off Hwy 17 onto Mt Newton X-road. Follow signs to end of Stautw Road. ... More Details
Sidney Spit Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney Spit Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney

This popular family-friendly destination is accessible by boat or kayak. Take the seasonal walk-on ferry to discover beautiful white sand beaches and forested walking trails. Reservations are recommended. https://www.reservation.pc.gc.ca. Visit https://www.sidneyspitferry.com for walk-on ferry servi ... More Details
SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney

SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground is an excellent base of operations for exploring the Gulf Islands and the Greater Victoria area for campers, RVers and cyclists offering both shaded and sunny sites. Reservations are recommended. https://www.reservation.pc.gc.ca. ... More Details
Fort Victoria RV Park

Fort Victoria RV Park

Victoria

6km (4mi) W. Of city centre, full hookups, cable TV, laundry, sani-station, free hot showers, washrooms, playground, wireless internet, near city bus and stores, maximum of two pets on leash, CP 4 days. ... More Details
Salish Seaside RV Haven

Salish Seaside RV Haven

Victoria

Salish Seaside RV Haven is Western Canada's premier RV park, located on a private peninsula right in the heart of Victoria's waterfront harbour. Proudly owned and operated by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The Haven is a total redesign and brand new rebuild of the former WestBay Village RV Park ... More Details
Galaxy RV (Victoria)

Galaxy RV (Victoria)

Victoria

We have over 80 RVs on the lot in Victoria. Victoria also has a full-time RV sales rep onsite to help customers with any specific inquiries. ... More Details
Sunny Shores Resort & Marina

Sunny Shores Resort & Marina

Sooke

Join us at Sunny Shores Resort & Marina, where the climate is ideal, the forests are lush and the ocean is your playground! We offer modern housekeeping units with colour cable TV, tent and trailer sites, suitable for everyone’s needs. We guarantee your family will have a memorable experience and ... More Details
Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Victoria

A West Coast Wilderness Playground - For those who like to cruise the ocean and the open road. Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, surrounded by forest and ocean. Offering the best of both worlds, the resort is in a beautiful wilderness area and yet i ... More Details
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