Central Saanich

Central Saanich is a district ( District municipality ) on the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Iceland in the Canadian province of British Columbia.


Central Saanich is located in the Capital Regional District and is bordered to the north by the District of North Saanich and on the south by the city of Saanich. To the east the district is bounded by Haro Strait and on the east by the Saanich Inlet.

The District constituting at present the following neighborhoods:

  • Brentwood Bay
  • Iceland View
  • Saanichton
  • Keating
  • Tanner Ridge

The district encompasses continue on the east coast yet the Indian reservation East Saanich 2 of Tsawout First Nation and on the west coast of South Saanich 1 Tsartlip First Nation.


The first European settlers settled down in 1852 on the peninsula. Among the first in what is now District Central Saanich. At that time this area was still called South Saanich. However, to apply to that area, she was hunting and fishing territory of different tribes of First Nations long before the arrival of the first European settlers.

On December 12, 1950 the settlements in the center of the Saanich Peninsula, the local self-government (incorporated ) was awarded.

The small district developed in the following years. Thus, its own police and a fire brigade was founded in 1951.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 15,935 inhabitants for the district. The population has thereby increased since the census of 2006, only 1.2%, while the population in British Columbia grew by 7.0 % at the same time.


Through the area the district runs in a north -south direction of Highway 17 and connects Victoria with the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

Furthermore runs from Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal of the BC Ferries a small ferry across the Saanich Inlet to Mill Bay.


The biggest tourist attraction of the district and one of the biggest attractions in southern Vancouver Iceland is Butchart Gardens there. It is a built in 1904, private flower garden, which can be visited today. English landscaping and gardening is very widespread in this region