Some call Victoria a paradise…

The City of Victoria, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, is Western Canada’s oldest city.

The capital of BC has the mildest climate in Canada and with greenery in evidence throughout the year there is little wonder that it’s called the City of Gardens! Victoria has been blessed with a wealth of natural and man-made riches, including stunning heritage architecture framed by ocean views and mountain vistas.

It is this rare juxtaposition of heritage charm, scenic backdrop and modern city-scape that makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada. Millions visit our city every year and enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate and heritage charm Victoria offers its citizens every day.

Victoria at a glance:

Population: 83,000
Serves as the metropolitan core for a region of 360,000
Capital City of British Columbia
Average of 2,183 hours of sunshine each year
Average rainfall is 66.5 centimetres per year

The following is a list of neighbourhoods in the City of Victoria, as defined by the city planning department.

Burnside/Gorge
Downtown
Fairfield
Fernwood
Gonzales (Foul Bay)
Harris Green
Hillside-Quadra
James Bay
Jubilee (North/South)
North Park
Oaklands
Rockland
Victoria West

Informal neighbourhoods include:

Chinatown
Rock Bay
Oak Bay Border (Foul Bay Road)
Songhees (part of Vic West)
Selkirk


Sidney

Sidney is situated amidst the Gulf Islands with Mount Baker in the distance. You will quickly discover why we are fortunate to live, work and play in this community where you can experience the relaxed atmosphere of a small seaside town and enjoy all the advantages of the big city.

Sidney is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the Saanich Peninsula – just a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria. Sidney is home to the Sidney / US (Anacortes, WA) Ferry Terminal and just minutes from the Victoria International Airport as well as the Swartz Bay BC Ferry Terminal. Wide-ranged local bus service is available to all areas of the Peninsula and downtown Victoria. Our weather is the mildest in Canada with prevailing westerly ocean winds moderating both summer and winter temperatures.

Sidney is a year round tourist destination with 3.6 kilometres of waterfront and many wonderful activities to explore including: a Historical Museum; the Ocean Discovery Centre; whale watching; street statues and murals; a Mineral World; and our 420 ft. Fishing Pier with a thriving marine life Artificial Reef. Sidney’s waterfront location allows for many other water related activities such as boating, sailing, kayaking, diving and fishing.

Sidney’s pedestrian friendly downtown offers an excellent variety of stores, specialty shops and businesses providing unique products and personalized service. Sidney is Canada’s only Booktown where you can enjoy many hours of browsing through new and used books in a large number of bookstores. Sidney’s restaurants offer a diverse assortment of excellent meals and cater to all tastes.

Sidney is alive with culture and entertainment, boasting its own Star Cinema with first run movies and the Mary Winspear Centre at SANSCHA providing meeting rooms, convention facilities and an exciting 310 seat multi-purpose Theatre for stage productions.

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Oak Bay

Oak Bay is a picturesque suburban community located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. With a population of approximately 18,000, it forms part of the Greater Victoria urban area, and along with 12 other municipal governments, comprises the Capital Regional District.

Unique, historic and family friendly, Oak Bay is a great place for kids and their families to go to the beach, explore parks, browse galleries, shop, kayak, and more. As you explore Oak Bay, you will find many points of historical and cultural interest; you can also participate in a wide range of activities throughout the community.

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Central Saanich

Central Saanich has a rich agricultural heritage with almost 2/3 of the municipality located in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Although residents take pride in being primarily a rural community, Central Saanich has one of the largest light industrial zones in the Capital Regional District, with easy access to the Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries Swartz Bay ferry terminal. Neighbourhood commercial centres are located in Brentwood Bay and Saanichton. Close to 16,000 residents enjoy the benefits of being located close to the city as well as the low crime rate and high quality of life of a rural community.

The District of Central Saanich is located on the Saanich Peninsula, 21 kilometers north of the British Columbia capital city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. The District is bounded on the north by the District of North Saanich, on the South by the District of Saanich, on the east by Haro Strait and on the west by the Saanich Inlet.

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Saanich

The District of Saanich is a district municipality on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, within the Greater Victoria area. The population was 109,752 at the 2011 census, making it the most populous municipality in the Capital Regional District and Vancouver Island, and the eighth-most populous in the province.[3] The district adopted its name after the Saanich First Nation, meaning “emerging land” or “emerging people”.[4]

The Municipality of Saanich was incorporated on March 1, 1906. With an area of 103.44 square kilometres (39.94 sq mi), it is the largest of the core municipalities making up Greater Victoria. The topography is undulating with many glacially scoured rock outcroppings. Elevations range from sea level to 229 metres (751 ft). The physical setting is greatly influenced by water. There are 8.1749 square kilometres (3.1563 sq mi) of fresh water lakes and 29.61 kilometres (18.40 mi) of marine shoreline.

Saanich is home to part of the University of Victoria which is bisected by the boundary with the neighbouring district municipality of Oak Bay. Saanich is fairly large in area and contains a wide variety of rural and urban landscapes and neighbourhoods stretching north to the Saanich Peninsula. Saanich is the location of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory near Elk Lake.

The Disctrict of Saanich contains a long shoreline with sandy beaches located at a number of ocean bays. Two of the beaches are Cadboro Bay Beach and Cordova Bay Beach. Cadboro Bay is known as a place to view the “Cadborosaurus”, a mythical sea monster that may or may not exist. Saanich’s notable parks include Mount Douglas Park, Mount Tolmie Park (with viewpoints) and Gyro Park.

Saanich consists of 18 communities[5] recognized by the municipal government. These communities were originally created to collect and provide input into land use within those areas. However, over the years many community associations have expanded the scope of their activities beyond land use issues.

  • Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs
  • Quadra/Cedar Hill Community Association
  • Falaise Community Associationv
  • Rainbow Park Ratepayers Association
  • Broadmead Area Residents Association
  • Mount View Colquitz Community Association
  • Gorge Tillicum Community Association
  • Blenkinsop Valley Community Association
  • Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society (PISCES)
  • Gordon Head Residents’ Association
  • Strawberry Vale Residents’ Association
  • Residents Association of Strawberry Vale, Marigold and Glanford
  • Cadboro Bay Residents Association
  • North Quadra Land-use Protection Association
  • Mount Tolmie Community Association
  • Royal Oak Community Association
  • Camosun Community Association
  • Prospect Lake and District Community Association

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North Saanich

The District of North Saanich is located at the north end of the Saanich Peninsula approximately 25 kilometers north of Victoria, British Columbia on southern Vancouver Island. North Saanich is home to approximately 11,000 residents.

The District is surrounded on three sides by 40 kilometers of ocean shoreline, is home to the Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

This area historically emerged from several coastal focal points inward to the interior of the Peninsula. Today, the community-like neighbourhoods which include Ardmore, Deep Cove, Curteis Point, Cloake Hill/Green Park, Dean Park and the South East Quadrant are on the periphery of a rich agricultural interior which is protected by the Provincial Agricultural Land Reserve. Agriculture is very important to the municipality, as evidenced in the number of farms, and road side produce and flower stands.

North Saanich also surrounds two First Nations reserves, namely the Tseycum First Nation, located on the northeastern shore of Patricia Bay, and the Pauquachin First Nation, located on the southeastern shore of Coles Bay south of Ardmore. These first nations are not, strictly speaking, part of North Saanich.

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