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District of North Saanich
—  District  —
Location of North Saanich in British Columbia
Coordinates: 48°30′51″N 123°23′2″W / 48.51417°N 123.38389°W / 48.51417; -123.38389
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Vancouver Island
Regional district Capital Regional District
Incorporated 1965
 - Governing body North Saanich Municipal Council
 - Mayor Alice Finall
 - Total 37.14 km2 (14.3 sq mi)
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 10,823
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 17, 17A
Waterways Strait of Georgia
Saanich Inlet
Website North Saanich

North Saanich is located on the Saanich Peninsula, approximately 25 km (16 mi) north of Victoria, British Columbia on southern Vancouver Island. The District is surrounded on three sides by 20 km (12 mi) of ocean shoreline, and consists of rural/residential areas and a large agricultural base and is home to the Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.



In July 1905, North Saanich, then including the townsite of Sidney, was incorporated with the original Municipal Hall located in Sidney. Lacking population and a firm tax base, the municipality was dissolved in 1911. In 1940, the site of the present Victoria International Airport was selected as a military forces base and the area boomed with the influx of 10,000 military personnel, leading to incorporation for the Village of Sidney in 1952. Four years later, the residents of the North Saanich unorganized area, numbering 2,865, requested that letters patent be issued to form the "North Saanich Fire Prevention District" with power to own property, to tax and to borrow. In 1965, after a favourable public vote, the letters patent were withdrawn and the North Saanich Municipal District was established with offices at the present location on Mills Road.


The largest animal likely to be found in North Saanich is the black-tailed deer. Other native mammals include the mink, otter, raccoon, and deer mouse. Of introduced mammal species, the cottontail rabbit and gray squirrel are often seen. Common native birds include the northwestern crow, common raven, bald eagle, turkey vulture, American robin, varied thrush, Steller's Jay, and several species of gull. Introduced birds are represented by the abundant common starling and the declining skylark.


The most common native tree in North Saanich is Douglas-fir. The other common large conifers are grand fir and western red cedar. Western hemlock is occasionally found. Pacific yew is a frequent understory tree. The arbutus is a large broadleaf evergreen species. Large deciduous trees are black cottonwood, bigleaf maple, red alder, and Garry oak. Small deciduous species include bitter cherry, cascara, Pacific crab apple, Pacific dogwood, quaking aspen, Douglas maple, Common Hawthorn and willow.


The current council is:

  • Mayor Alice Finall
  • Councillor Peter Chandler
  • Councillor Sheila Fea
  • Councillor Cairine Green
  • Councillor Anny Scoones
  • Councillor Bob Shaw
  • Councillor Ruby Commandeur


North Saanich is served by School District #63 - Saanich


  • Ardmore
  • Cloake Hill
  • Dean Park
  • Deep Cove
  • Land's End
  • Patricia Bay ("Pat Bay")


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