North Saanich is a semi-rural community located on the northern Saanich Peninsula, approximately 25 kilometres north of Victoria. The community is surrounded by ocean on three sides, and shoreline provides many spectacular views of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. There is a mix of luxury and family-oriented real estate here.
Close to Ocean, Forest and City
North Saanich itself is made up of a mix of pastoral and residential areas. There are many farms here, as well as Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Neighboring Sidney, BC offers shopping and entertaining, plus a ferry link to Washington State.
Real Estate in North Saanich
The rolling hills and countryside of North Saanich is the perfect setting for luxury homes and hobby farms. It has a rocky, rugged shoreline and the beautiful countryside offers spectacular views in every season. Most importantly for many transplants from other parts of Canada, North Saanich rarely if ever receives any snow.
North Saanich Neighbourhoods
North Saanich includes a wide range of properties.
The Dean Park neighbourhood, located on the eastern slope of Mount Newton overlooking Haro Strait and Mount Baker to the east, is a family favourite. There are schools close by, as well as the superbly-equipped Panorama Recreation Centre. Besides its wonderful pool and gigantic waterslide, Panorama is also home to hockey and lacrosse rinks.
This rural neighbourhood is located south of Victoria airport. It’s close to Panorama Recreation Centre, as well as Bazan Bay itself, which looks out over Haro Strait and the Gulf Islands.
This wooded, private neighbourhood stretches along the northern tip of the Saanich Peninsula and enjoys stunning views of Salt Spring Island.
In fact, the Panorama Recreation Centre helped North Saanich snag the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2015. In Fall 2015 North Saanich will receive the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game between Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
The Ardmore neighbourhood on the west side of the peninsula is close to the beach.
Just to the north, Deep Cove, with its school, fire hall, coffee shop and gas station acts as the “downtown” and heart of North Saanich.
Marinas and Boating
Traditionally the ocean has played a big part in the lives of local residents, and today there are more than a dozen marinas located in and around the municipality of North Saanich. For example Curteis Point is home to five marinas clustered around a small cove and inlet, as well as a vibrant boat building industry.
Schools in North Saanich
North Saanich is located in School District #63, Saanich School District. There is a strong French Immersion program in Saanich School District, and local high schools provide many superb specialized programs for students.
Commuting from North Saanich
North Saanich’s close relationship with the sea also means there are plenty of maritime links close by as well. Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal provides quick service to both Vancouver and the US-Canada border. There is also direct ferry service to the Bellingham, Washington region from a ferry terminal just south of Sidney.