Saanichton, sitting almost in the center of Central Saanich is a quaint community with historical significance. This village served as a commercial center to the agricultural community surrounding it since the 1800’s. At one time there was even a train station; when the Victoria and Sidney Railway (V&S) steamed through Saanichton between 1894 and 1919.
Today, Saanichton is a bustling village with shops, restaurants and other businesses at its heart, surrounded by single family and townhome residences, which are in turn surrounded largely by agricultural land, parks and rural properties.
The Saanich Peninsula Hospital is located just to the east of the village and west of the Pat Bay Highway, the main route to downtown Victoria. School aged children in the area can attend:
- Kelset Elementary
- North Saanich Middle School, or
- Stelly’s Secondary
Saanichton is also home to the Saanich Pioneer Society’s Log Cabin Museum, where you can peruse collections from local pioneer families as well as First Nations artifacts. The popular Saanich Fall Fair, an historical agricultural event, used to take place very near the village, but has since relocated to a larger property on Stelly’s X Road.