Central Saanich

As its name suggests, Central Saanich spans the centre of the Saanich Peninsula, with ocean properties on its eastern and western boundaries. World famous for its 100 year old Butchart Gardens, Central Saanich has recently added other attractions and recreational areas to reflect its healthy living, rural focus. This community of 15,000 has dedicated the majority of its recreational spending on creating opportunities to explore the community’s outdoor riches. Residents enjoy diverse activities such as hiking wilderness trails, yachting, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, deep-sea diving, equestrian eventing and even skydiving. The community has the pleasure of year round recreation within the 31 municipal parks, the spectacular Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park, John Dean Provincial Park, Mount Work Regional Park, the Lochside Regional Trail, the Island View Regional Park and the boardwalk at the head of historic Brentwood Bay.

Distinct shopping areas in Brentwood Bay and Saanichton provide the necessities, while the specialty shops and cultural attractions of Sidney or Victoria are just a short drive away. The coastal community of Brentwood Bay offers residents and visiting boaters marina services and numerous cafes within walking distance from the main docks.

With farming the predominant land use in the district, residents tend to frequent the many local produce stands and markets. Vineyards have become a distinctive feature of the valley slopes and the local Estate Wineries offer an assortment of local wines and ciders.

Luxury homes of Central Saanich: While Oak Bay, Saanich East and Victoria each have distinctive luxury-style neighbourhoods, the estate homes of Central Saanich tend to be situated on larger acreages that reflect the rural aspect of the area. Bounded on the east by Haro Strait and on the West by the Saanich Inlet, Central Saanich has many exclusive properties with exceptional views and water frontage.

The east side of Central Saanich overlooks the splendors of Mt. Baker and the nearby, privately owned James Island. However, it is the west side properties that are blessed with spectacular sunsets casting a glow over the distinctive Malahat skyline and reflecting off the Saanich Inlet. Exclusive homes are tucked into estate properties near Tod Inlet and Brentwood Bay, and among the slopes of West Saanich Road, Senanus Drive and McPhail Drive. Many of the exquisite waterfront homes have highly sought-after private docks and boathouses that provide access to the sheltered Saanich Inlet. The calm waters and warm rocky beaches along Central Saanich’s western shores are ideal for swimming. And, with floatplanes delivering passengers to Buchart Gardens, the historic Brentwood Bay Ferry traversing the Saanich Inlet, or pleasure craft cursing the inlet, there is always plenty of activity to watch on a leisurely West Coast afternoon.

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