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Geralyn Nonesa, skating instructor with Saanich Recreation.

Ice time: Turning a skating dream into a life-long passion

Continuous Access Pass opens the door to numerous on-ice activities at Pearkes Recreation

  • Oct 11, 2021
From family swims to waterfit, Saanich pools have a lot to offer … check it out with your Continuous Access Pass!

5 ways to make a splash with Saanich Recreation

Saanich’s Continuous Access Pass makes it easy to enjoy your fave activities – in the pool and out

  • Oct 4, 2021
From family swims to waterfit, Saanich pools have a lot to offer … check it out with your Continuous Access Pass!
Saanich Recreation emphasizes a warm, welcoming environment for people of all ages and abilities – a vital part of creating social connections for many people.

Get connected! How recreation can boost our mental health

Saanich’s Continuous Access Pass makes it easy to connect with your favourite activities

  • Sep 27, 2021
Saanich Recreation emphasizes a warm, welcoming environment for people of all ages and abilities – a vital part of creating social connections for many people.
While a Will is often seen as a way of sharing our legacy with loved ones, it can also provide a gift to our favourite causes. Assigning part of your estate to an organization like the Victoria Foundation, for example, is a way to leave a lasting legacy in your community.

Will Power: Create a lasting legacy for family AND your community

The Victoria Foundation works with donors to direct their legacy gift in meaningful ways

  • Sep 27, 2021
While a Will is often seen as a way of sharing our legacy with loved ones, it can also provide a gift to our favourite causes. Assigning part of your estate to an organization like the Victoria Foundation, for example, is a way to leave a lasting legacy in your community.
While Saanich Recreation's reserved drop-in system lets you reserve your spot a week ahead, you can also book right up until class time, providing space is available.

Saanich makes it easy to access your favourite fitness class

If you have a favourite drop-in fitness class but prefer not to…

  • Sep 20, 2021
While Saanich Recreation's reserved drop-in system lets you reserve your spot a week ahead, you can also book right up until class time, providing space is available.
Saanich Parks has been busy restoring sections of the fish-bearing Colquitz River, providing habitat and shelter for returning salmon and trout.

Fish-friendly restoration taking root along Saanich’s Colquitz River

A lot has been happening along the Colquitz River in Cuthbert Holmes…

  • Sep 20, 2021
Saanich Parks has been busy restoring sections of the fish-bearing Colquitz River, providing habitat and shelter for returning salmon and trout.
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
Buy a Saanich Recreation Continuous Access Pass online with the code PASS21 and save $10 on your first month!
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.