North Saanich, Vancouver Island Photo Province of BC

Travel Spotlight

Saanichton

Saanichton is a small village situated in the delightful peninsula known as the Saanich Peninsula. 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

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989