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Buy a Saanich Recreation Continuous Access Pass online with the code PASS21 and save $10 on your first month!

Accessing your favourite Saanich drop-in programs is easier than ever!

Saanich Recreation launches a Continuous Access Pass for drop-in programs

  • Sep 13, 2021
Birding can can be a great family activity in explore and develop our Natural Intelligence.

Birds of a feather discover together!

Introducing junior birders to the natural world all around Saanich

  • Sep 13, 2021
Birding can can be a great family activity in explore and develop our Natural Intelligence.
From a home theatre or rec room for the kids, to a home gym, guest space or hobby room, a basement offers valuable real estate that can be put to good use.

What could you do with that unfinished basement?

This often untapped resource can yield big benefits for the whole family

  • Sep 6, 2021
From a home theatre or rec room for the kids, to a home gym, guest space or hobby room, a basement offers valuable real estate that can be put to good use.
Saanich boasts more than 170 parks, with an Official Community Plan policy of having five hectares of parkland for every 1,000 people, and having a park within walking distance of most homes within the urban area.

What’s in a park? Lots of community ideas!

Balancing needs for Saanich’s different parks … and different park users

  • Sep 6, 2021
Saanich boasts more than 170 parks, with an Official Community Plan policy of having five hectares of parkland for every 1,000 people, and having a park within walking distance of most homes within the urban area.
Rose and Craig Little of Arbutus RV are celebrating 33 years serving Vancouver Island, from their first location in Mill Bay to their Island-wide service in Sidney, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Courtenay.

Craig and Rose LITTLE celebrate a BIG 33-year adventure — that not even 2020 could slow down!

From a family business in Mill Bay to a network of family-friendly RV stores across Vancouver Island

  • Aug 30, 2021
Rose and Craig Little of Arbutus RV are celebrating 33 years serving Vancouver Island, from their first location in Mill Bay to their Island-wide service in Sidney, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Courtenay.
One of the tallest peaks in the city, with an elevation of about 120 metres, Mount Tolmie offers moderate to challenging climbs with the reward of a 360-degree city view at the top.

Go vertical! 5 Saanich hikes that yield a big reward

Reflecting on our favourite hikes, we often think horizontal – maybe a…

  • Aug 30, 2021
One of the tallest peaks in the city, with an elevation of about 120 metres, Mount Tolmie offers moderate to challenging climbs with the reward of a 360-degree city view at the top.
ECO Canada’s BEAHR training program provides customizable environmental training programming for Indigenous communities that uniquely braids traditional ecological knowledge with Western science.

Why braiding traditional ecological knowledge with Western science is so important – and how ECO Canada’s BEAHR program is helping

Training program helps Indigenous youth engage in a meaningful career in the environmental sector

  • Aug 30, 2021
ECO Canada’s BEAHR training program provides customizable environmental training programming for Indigenous communities that uniquely braids traditional ecological knowledge with Western science.
Student broom removal Mt Tolmie. Shanna Baker photo

Pulling Together: Saanich and community volunteers boost local biodiversity

The stately Garry oak, with its wide-spreading limbs and green summer canopy,…

  • Aug 23, 2021
Student broom removal Mt Tolmie. Shanna Baker photo
Butterly on red osier dogwood. Jen Blyth photo

Be local + Bee happy: Incorporating native plants into the home garden

Blackberry picking is a late-summer tradition for many of us here in…

  • Aug 16, 2021
Butterly on red osier dogwood. Jen Blyth photo
Participants in the Victoria Foundation’s previous Gadsden Initiative, Carly and Matt Milloy were keen to learn about organizations making a difference in the local community, and to support that work for the long term.

Engaging a new generation of community-minded citizens

Applicants welcome for the next cohort of the Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative

  • Aug 16, 2021
Participants in the Victoria Foundation’s previous Gadsden Initiative, Carly and Matt Milloy were keen to learn about organizations making a difference in the local community, and to support that work for the long term.
Victoria News and Monday Magazine are proud to announce the publication of Finding Hope: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence, produced with community partners the Victoria Foundation and Island Health.

Finding Hope: Publication aims to help break the cycle of domestic violence

The statistics are sobering: 60 per cent of British Columbia residents know…

  • Aug 9, 2021
Victoria News and Monday Magazine are proud to announce the publication of Finding Hope: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence, produced with community partners the Victoria Foundation and Island Health.
Parksville’s world-famous sandy beach is beautiful, but there’s lots more to discover in its inviting and walkable downtown.

Has it been a while? Rediscover walkable, remarkable Parksville Downtown.

We’re more than just a pretty beach!

  • Aug 9, 2021
Parksville’s world-famous sandy beach is beautiful, but there’s lots more to discover in its inviting and walkable downtown.
Through the practice known as forest bathing, we can still our mind from its regular chatter, see and experience what’s right before us, and deepen our Natural Intelligence, and with it our respect for the forest, and its flora and fauna.

Bathing the senses: Finding calm in a forest connection

As you step into the Mount Douglas forest, breathe deeply, touch the…

  • Aug 9, 2021
Through the practice known as forest bathing, we can still our mind from its regular chatter, see and experience what’s right before us, and deepen our Natural Intelligence, and with it our respect for the forest, and its flora and fauna.
Chiara (right) with her host sister Kaitlyn and host dad Ron Fraser. The Saanich International Student Program is looking for a few more families to host students this fall.

Bring the world into your home this fall!

Saanich families: host an international student to enrich your life, and theirs

  • Aug 9, 2021
Chiara (right) with her host sister Kaitlyn and host dad Ron Fraser. The Saanich International Student Program is looking for a few more families to host students this fall.
Ready to explore Saanich's beaches? Here are a few sandy spaces awaiting discovery… starting with the family-favourite Cadboro-Gyro Park.

Life’s just beach-y in Saanich this summer!

While Saanich boasts some of the region’s most popular beaches, including those…

  • Aug 2, 2021
Ready to explore Saanich's beaches? Here are a few sandy spaces awaiting discovery… starting with the family-favourite Cadboro-Gyro Park.
Hand watering is one way to reduce water use, which ensures there's enough water available year-round for drinking, fire prevention and fish and ecosystem support.

5 ways to do more with less water in your garden this summer!

Warm, sunny, summer weather has most of us spending more time than…

  • Aug 2, 2021
Hand watering is one way to reduce water use, which ensures there's enough water available year-round for drinking, fire prevention and fish and ecosystem support.
Saanich offers ample opportunity to connect with friends, family and nature, and boost our wellness in the process. Saanich Recreation photo

Discover Saanich Parks: Creations connections for generations

Can a getaway be as close as the local park? Definitely –…

  • Jul 26, 2021
Saanich offers ample opportunity to connect with friends, family and nature, and boost our wellness in the process. Saanich Recreation photo
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Victoria Foundation + local donors support vital community rebuilding

Community Recovery Program distributes $3.13+ million to local organizations

  • Jul 26, 2021
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