Central Saanich

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Central Saanich
The Corporation of the District of Central Saanich[1]
Flag of Central Saanich
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
RegionVancouver Island
Regional districtCapital Regional District
 • Governing bodyCentral Saanich District Council
 • MayorRyan Windsor
 • MPElizabeth May (Green)
 • MLAAdam Olsen (BC Green)
 • Total41.33 km2 (15.96 sq mi)
100 m (300 ft)
 • Total16,814
 • Density406.8/km2 (1,054/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
Forward sortation area
WaterwaysStrait of Juan de Fuca, Saanich Inlet, Tod Inlet
WebsiteDistrict 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 former district councillor Ryan Windsor. Municipal councillors last elected in 2014[3] include Niall Paltiel, Carl Jensen, Alicia Cormier, Bob Thompson, Christopher Graham, and Zeb King.

Neighbourhoods of Central Saanich[edit]

Potato ban[edit]

The production of potatoes from Central Saanich, east of the West Saanich Road, was banned in 1982 due to infestation by the golden nematode.[4] Potatoes from this region of Central Saanich are banned from entry into the United States,[5] as are all potatoes from Newfoundland.

Notable people[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 2016 Census[6] Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group South Asian 365 2.2%
Chinese 280 1.7%
Black 80 0.5%
Filipino 140 0.9%
Latin American 50 0.3%
Arab 0 0%
Southeast Asian 35 0.2%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 10 0.1%
Japanese 65 0.4%
Other visible minority 0 0%
Mixed visible minority 20 0.1%
Total visible minority population 1,060 6.4%
Aboriginal group First Nations 545 3.3%
Métis 400 2.4%
Inuit 25 0.2%
Total Aboriginal population 940 5.7%
European 13,840 84%
Total population 16,814 100%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Central Saanich, District municipality [Census subdivision], British Columbia and Capital, Regional district [Census division], British Columbia". Statistics Canada. January 23, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/news/282839371.html
  4. ^ https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-82-186/page-1.html
  5. ^ https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/7/319.56-10
  6. ^ "Central Saanich, District municipality [Census subdivision], British Columbia and Capital, Regional district [Census division], British Columbia". Statistics Canada. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.

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