Central Saanich

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District of Central Saanich
Flag of District of Central Saanich
Nickname(s): Cen Saan
Central Saanich is located in British Columbia
Central Saanich
Location of Central Saanich in British Columbia
Coordinates: 48°30′51″N 123°23′2″W / 48.51417°N 123.38389°W / 48.51417; -123.38389Coordinates: 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 1950
 • Governing body Central Saanich District Council
 • Mayor Alastair Bryson
 • Total 41.33 km2 (15.96 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 15,936
 • Density 385.6/km2 (999/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 17
Waterways Strait of Juan de Fuca
Website District of Central Saanich

Central Saanich is a district municipality in Greater Victoria and a member municipality of the Capital Regional District. It is located on the Saanich Peninsula. The district began as a farming community, and many hobby farms, along with a handful of small working farms and vineyards, still exist. In recent decades, the area has seen increasing residential, commercial, and industrial development, especially around the neighbourhoods of Brentwood Bay and Saanichton, which are occasionally referred to as separate communities.

The area's best-known tourist attractions are the Butchart Gardens, located in the Brentwood Bay area and Island View Beach.

The Mayor of Central Saanich is Alastair Bryson. Municipal councillors elected in 2011 include John Garrison, Cathie Ounsted, Adam Olsen, Terry Siklenka, Carl Jensen, and Zeb King. Councillor Terry Siklenka resigned his seat after a controversy surrounding his taking a job in the Cayman Islands while still receiving his councillor's salary. Councillor Adam Olsen resigned his seat in order to run as the BC Green candidate in Saanich North and the Islands. A by-election to replace both men, held on April 13th, 2013 resulted in the election of new councillors Alicia Cormier and Ryan Windsor.

Neighbourhoods of Central Saanich[edit]

Famous Residents[edit]

Jamie Benn, ice hockey winger for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Wife and husband Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane, both award-winning Canadian poets.


Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Chinese 265 1.7%
South Asian 195 1.2%
Black 35 0.2%
Filipino 145 0.9%
Latin American 25 0.2%
Southeast Asian 60 0.4%
Arab 10 0.1%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 15 0.1%
Japanese 30 0.2%
Other visible minority 0 0%
Mixed visible minority 15 0.1%
Total visible minority population 805 5.2%
Aboriginal group
First Nations 215 1.4%
Métis 0 0%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 215 1.4%
White 14,585 93.5%
Total population 15,605 100%


  1. ^ "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Aboriginal Peoples - Data table". 2.statcan.ca. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 

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