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North Saanich

Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich
The rolling interior lands of North Saanich afford sweeping views of hills and valleys, and a generous feeling of open space and rapport with nature.

Said to be the finest rural-residential area in all of Canada, North Saanich boasts a long coastline on three sides, enveloping agricultural farmlands, cosy bays and generous protected parklands. North Saanich enjoys unexcelled views of water, islands and mountains, along with close proximity to air and sea transportation.

Eetsun-Hunnumut, the Saanich language motto of North Saanich, is loosely translated to mean "the land where it is good to be". Agriculture is very important to the municipality today, as evidenced by the number of farms, and roadside produce and flower stands.

Communities in North Saanich include Deep Cove, Sidney and the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay. North Saanich has an extensive park and trails network linking municipal, regional, and provincial parklands, making it a very popular area for day hiking, cycling and horse back riding.

Population: 11,258

Location: North Saanich occupies the northern portion of the Saanich Peninsula in Greater Victoria, bordered to the west by the Saanich Inlet, to the north by Satellite Channel, to the east by Haro Strait, and by Central Saanich to the south. Communities in North Saanich include Deep Cove, Sidney and the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay.

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  • Sidney Spit Provincial Park, Sidney
    Set amidst natural beauty and unspoiled charm, the vibrant community of Sidney-by-the-Sea is the gateway to the BC Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands. This bustling commercial hub of the Saanich Peninsula is blessed with majestic views of the ocean, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Sidney offers a multitude of unique galleries, gift stores, antique shops, restaurants, bakeries and coffee bars.
  • Swartz Bay
    Swartz Bay is the main ferry terminal for Victoria and southern Vancouver Island, and the province's second largest and busiest ferry terminal after Tsawwassen. BC Ferries provides a vehicle and passenger ferry service from Swartz Bay to Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and the Southern Gulf Islands.
  • In addition to the ferry terminal, North Saanich is also the location of the Victoria International Airport, making it the true Gateway to the Capital Regional District of Victoria.
  • The British Columbia Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artifacts related to the history of aviation in Canada, with an emphasis on British Columbia. The showcase of Canadian aviation history displays twenty vintage airplanes, including Canada's first planes, wartime fighters, and a full-size replica of the Gibson Twin Plane that beat the Wright brothers' famous accomplishment set in 1903. Other displays at the BC Aviation Museum include engines, uniforms, memorabilia, a reconstructed radio control room, and a Memorial Room with aircrafts dedicated to the two world wars. Located on Norseman Road in Sidney, next to the Victoria International Airport.
  • The Saanich Historical Artifacts Society tells the story of farming, country life and industry on Vancouver Island, with rural artifacts dating back to the early 1800s. View one of Western Canada's largest collections of working steam engines, tractors, agricultural machinery, antique farm equipment, historic buildings, and household and industrial artifacts. The society hosts an annual Summer Fair on the farm and museum grounds, held on Father's Day each June, and Fall threshing on the third weekend in September. The 29-acre park offers picnic tables, nature trails and a pond. Located at 7321 Lochside Drive in Saanichton, alongside the Pat Bay Highway, between Victoria and Sidney.
  • For a magnificent view of Sidney, the Gulf Islands, and the North Saanich communities, take a drive up McTavish Road to the University of Victoria's Dunsmuir Lodge, which is bordered by over 600 acres of forested park.
  • Kayaking: Launch your kayak in Deep Cove, and explore the calm waters of the Saanich Inlet, where negligible tidal currents make this a great paddling area for novices and experts alike. A public boat launch beside the federal dock at the north end of Lands End Road at Swartz Bay is a good place to launch your boat or kayak and head for any number of nearby islands or to explore the coastline of the Saanich Peninsula. Those in open canoes should be cautious of the wash from ferries and larger marine traffic around Swartz Bay. Paddlers can launch from either the boat ramp or wharf in Sidney and head across the channel to Sidney Spit Marine Provincial Park or Princess Margaret Marine Provincial Park. To locate the launch, drive to the east end of Beacon Avenue.
  • Biking: Mount your bicycle and travel the country lanes on trails that aptly describe the beautiful scenery and woodland countryside - The Coles Bay Sun and Surf Route, The Flatlands Farm Route and The Strawberry Fields Forever Route. The Saanich Peninsula extension's northern trailhead of the Galloping Goose Trail is on the Sidney waterfront and runs a considerable distance south from the intersection of Lochside Drive and Beacon Avenue in North Saanich to Quadra Street near Victoria. The Lochside section is rougher and less well marked as it passes through urban neighbourhoods, but highly enjoyable as it leads through rural Saanich.

  • Picturesque Deep Cove Marina
    Marinas: North Saanich boasts the largest concentration of marinas on Vancouver Island. Several marinas and boating facilities are located along Sidney's eastern shoreline, including the fabulous Port Sidney Marina. Other marina facilities in North Saanich are Canoe Cove Marina, just west of Swartz Bay, Van Isle Marina in Tsehum Harbour, and Deep Cove Marina in Deep Cove on Saanich Inlet.

    Sidney is popular with the Northwest boating fraternity, with boaters from California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver choosing Port Sidney as the best destination marina on the west coast!

  • North Saanich Farm Market holds weekly markets at St. John's United Church garden at 10990 West Saanich Road from May until the end of October. Seasonal produce, locally raised meat, baked goods, eggs, flowers, plants and seeds. Come out and support the local growers. Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm.
  • Enjoy fabulous views of the Peninsula, Gulf Islands and Cascade Mountains from John Dean Provincial Park, which straddles the boundary between North Saanich and Central Saanich, just a few miles north of Brentwood Bay. The park was the first donated provincial park in British Columbia, and the mountain and the surrounding area feature prominently in the culture of the native Saanich people.
  • The hiking trails in Horth Hill Regional Park in North Saanich leads to one of the highest viewpoints at the top of the Saanich Peninsula. It climbs gradually through a semi-arid forest to the summit. From here you have splendid views of the Gulf and San Juan Islands, Mount Baker's volcanic cone, Hurricane Ridge's scissor-cut profile, and all of the Saanich Peninsula and Inlet laid out before you in stark relief.
  • Visit Coles Bay Regional Park, a quiet refuge on Coles Bay in the Saanich Inlet. The 4-hectare park has a rough, barnacle-covered rock beach typical of the Saanich Peninsula's west side. A mixed wooded creek flows past towering western red cedar into a muddy beach rich in tidal lagoon life, a great spot for bird watching and hiking. The water in this deep fjord is always invigorating. Bring along a pair of beach shoes to best enjoy the environment.
  • Wildlife: Saanich Inlet is a unique, shallow-mouthed fjord - a fragile backyard wilderness visited by eagles, ospreys, minks, river otters and on occasion, pods of killer whales.

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Scott Piercy offers twelve years of marketing properties and brokering Vancouver Island Residential, Waterfront, Recreational and Luxury Properties in the international marketplace. Scott was raised in Victoria and has the resources to find the perfect match for the most challenging homebuyers, plus a host of international clients for the special vendor. Scott's success is based on exceptional service, communication, and attention to detail. His professional integrity always serves the client first.
  Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites, Sidney Listing Details 
The Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites in charming Sidney by the Sea is conveniently located at the foot of Beacon Avenue, 20 minutes from Victoria, close to Butchart Gardens, BC Ferries (Vancouver), and Victoria International Airport, and only two blocks from the Anacortes Ferry (Washington). Ten Deluxe accommodations and 26 Standard rooms and Suites. Superb ocean views from your balcony, only feet from the ocean. Spa, Waterfront Restaurant, Liquor store, Whale Watching, and Kayak and Diving Adventures are all available on site.
  Sidney Whale Watching, Sidney Listing Details 
Sidney Whale Watching offers whale watching and wildlife sightseeing Tours and charters for killer whales (Orcas), sea birds, seal colonies, and other marine life. Three to three and a half hour tours start right from Sidney's waterfront, near the highest percentage of Orca sightings and porpoise and dolphin feeding grounds. The seas in Sidney are much calmer than Victoria or Vancouver due to it being protected by the Gulf Islands. Waterfront kayak tours, kayak rentals, and kayaking lessons. Five minutes from ferry terminals and airport, with free airport and ferry pick up.
  Travelodge Victoria Airport Sidney, Sidney Listing Details 
We are located just 5 minutes from the Airport and the BC and Washington State Ferries, close to Butchart Gardens and only 20 minutes from downtown Victoria. Our newly renovated hotel offers a Heated Outdoor Pool in a private garden courtyard, Free Continental Breakfast, Free Hi-Speed Internet, Fridges & Microwaves, and large family rooms with kitchenettes.
  Beacon Inn at Sidney, Sidney Listing Details 
Affordable 5-Star luxury in the heart of Sidney, offering elegant yet reasonably priced accommodation. Our adult-oriented, mock-heritage Inn features 9 luxurious guestrooms with gas F/P’s, cozy sitting areas, A/C and spa-inspired bathrooms. Guests enjoy the many complimentary extras such as our delicious gourmét breakfasts, coffee/tea/snacks, afternoon sherry, WiFi and Parking. Centrally located close to BC and WA State Ferries, Victoria Airport, Butchart Gardens and Victoria (a 20-minute drive). An easy stroll to many unique shops, a wide selection of eateries and the waterfront.
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Award winning hotel in Sidney-by-the-Sea: Closest Best Western to Butchart Gardens, 20 min to Victoria, 5 min to BC and Washington State ferry terminals. Spacious, beautifully appointed rooms, each with fridge & microwave. Free High Speed Internet Access avaliable in all guest rooms. Indoor whirlpool, sauna, and guest laundry. Smitty's Family Restaurant on site.
  Cedarwood Inn & Suites, Sidney Listing Details 
Set among award-winning gardens in a quiet, residential area of Sidney-By-The-Sea, The Cedarwood provides waterfront accommodation with a difference. We are close to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and within walking distance to the San Juan Islands ferries. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker. Just five blocks away, there are restaurants, cafés, banks, shops and grocery stores.
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