Central Saanich BC Real Estate & Attractions
About Central Saanich, British Columbia
The Coast Salish people of the WSÁNEC (Saanich) First Nation flourished throughout the Saanich Peninsula for thousands of years. The first school on the Peninsula was built in 1864 at what we know today as Ravenhill Farm. Shortly after 1854 William Thomson built his first permanent home at Bannockburn which still stands today as a lovely heritage home.
Both the Crest and Coat of Arms depicts the bountiful harvests and salmon that have long been the pride of the Peninsula. The Coat of Arms is a shield and shows (among other items), salmon, an azure background, and silver horizontal stripes representing the ocean. Every figure on the Coat of Arms was carefully and deliberately chosen so as to honour the history, resources, environment, and hopes of Central Saanich and the people of the past and present.
It was not until 1950 that Central Saanich was incorporated as an official Municipality. Both the Central Saanich Fire Department and the Municipal Police Department were established the following year (1951). Initially, the police department was made up of:
• One Chief Constable
• One pair of handcuffs
• One blackjack (baton)
• One .38 calibre revolver
Real Estate in Central Saanich BC
Although Central Saanich continues to be primarily a thriving rural community with nearly two thirds situated in the Agricultural Land Reserve, it has many features that draw people to lay down roots and become permanent residents such as:
- Low crime rate
- Proximity to Victoria International Airport
- Easy access to BC Ferries
- Boasts one of the largest light industrial zones in the Capital Regional District
- Large neighbouring commercial centres
- High quality of life
While Victoria (including Victoria West) saw 563 residential sales in 2015 for single family dwellings, in Central Saanich alone there were a total of 232 residential sales. The Central Saanich real estate market has in fact seen impressive numbers in all categories of homes and acreage in 2015:
- Single family homes – 232 sales
- Condominiums – 39 sales
- Townhouses – 73 sales
- Manufactured homes – 35 sales
- Lots & Acreage – 15 sales
There is no doubt that the Central Saanich real estate market continues to be a sound investment for both young families wishing to raise their family in a more natural and welcoming environment as well as for those in their retirement years looking for that dream retirement home or condo.
Central Saanich Attractions and Resources
With 32 municipal parks, Central Saanich offers a multitude of both indoor and outdoor activities for both individuals as well as families. From nearby lush gardens, camping, wineries, to diving and other water adventures, Central Saanich draws visitors from all over the Island for a chance to experience what residents can enjoy on a day-to-day basis.
Central Saanich has its own fire department and police force while garbage collection is carried out on a private basis. The Saanich School District boasts 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 secondary schools and serves close to 8,000 students.
While the area continues to maintain its rural character, they have managed to integrate a healthy mix of agriculture and a growing urban sector which provides a high quality of life for all who call Central Saanich home.
For more detailed information about attractions, resources and things to do in Central Saanich BC, click on the PLUS sign beside “Central Saanich Attractions” below.
Local Resources and Information
Central Saanich Attractions
From award winning garden displays to fine dining, and casual coffee shops to concerts and fireworks, or corporate meetings, Butchart Gardens has something for all ages 12 months a year. Located in Victoria, on southern Vancouver Island, is a top tourist attraction for visitors from all over North America and beyond.
Admission prices are reasonable for what they offer and it is easy to get to from Victoria as well as the ferry and several bus tours and boat cruises. From spectacular garden displays in full bloom during the summer months to beautiful winter flowers and their ‘Magic of Christmas’ lights and activities in December, every season at Butchart Gardens has something special to offer.Learn More
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
From an orchard of organic cider apples to award winning ciders, Sea Cider Farm offers cider tasting, perfectly paired lunches, tours, and banquet facilities. The farm is located on southern Vancouver Island close to Victoria and is family owned. It’s really a great day-outing with a small group of friends or the whole family. Their more than 1,300 apples trees with over 50 varieties of heritage apples makes for an amazing selection of ciders that are available not only throughout British Columbia but also in Alberta, Manitoba, Washington State, Illinois, and Oregon.Learn More
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
From 75 different species and hundreds of free-flying butterflies to Flamingos, poison dart frogs, and rare tropical birds, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens on southern Vancouver Island will make you feel like you have stepped into a magical garden of the tropics.
This amazing 12,000 square foot jungle-like eco-system along with its 15,000 gallon tropical fish pond is just 20 km from the capital city of Victoria. Thousands of tropical plants and more than 200 species of orchids and even carnivorous plant displays are all truly a feast for the senses. It’s a fascinating way for the whole family to spend the day and learn of these unique plants and animals that call the Gardens home.Learn More
Island View Beach Regional Park
The eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula is home to Island View Beach Regional Park. Its long sandy beaches are perfect for bird watching, swimming, picnicking and taking in panoramic views of Mount Baker and James Island. The whole family can take in an easy circular walk along the trails through an old salt marsh then stop for a packed lunch in their picnic area.
From watching some of BC’s most vulnerable and threatened shorebirds feasting on eel grass beds at low tide to waterfront campsites, this Park is a popular spot for residents and tourists alike to take a step back and relax in a beautiful, natural setting.Learn More
Central Saanich Municipal Hall
Central Saanich Municipal Hall is the hub of information for both residents and visitors where one can access community events, Parks & Recreation, local bylaws, Licensing information, and more. Find information about area attractions such as Butchart Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, and Lochside Regional Trail on the ‘visitors’ tab on their website. This vibrant, growing community also has a number of well respected and recognized universities and colleges within a 30 minute drive and is also a short drive from the provincial capital of Victoria. Learn about municipal meetings and subscribe to their newsletter or contact them directly where knowledgeable staff will help you with any enquiry you may have about the District of Central Saanich.Learn More