Saanich beaches are ideal summer staycation destinations!

Your Saanich beach day begins here!

Here in Saanich, virtually any day makes for a good beach day, but come summer, there are few better places to be.

Great news as we look for ways to vacay close to home!

From the wide-open beaches of Cadboro Bay to the sandy shoreline of Agate Beach to the grassy lake-front of Prospect Lake’s Whitehead Park, Saanich boasts beaches you could spend a full summer exploring.

The sheer number of possibilities also makes it easier to maintain safe physical distancing while soaking in the natural surroundings. For those visiting typically busier areas, “varying your times a little bit might offer an opportunity to enjoy the beach when there are fewer people around,” says Saanich parks planner and designer Julie Lommerse.

Explore your Natural Intelligence

More than a place to feel the sand between our toes, “beaches are a great way to explore and develop our natural intelligence,” Lommerse says.

Natural intelligence involves our knowledge of nature, parks and how to improve our environment. Explains Saanich: “When we interact with nature in a positive way, we can adapt our own actions to be more in tune with the natural world. Our actions as individuals and as a community will help determine our future.”

Experiencing nature, whether waterfront, forest or natural spaces, also brings personal wellness benefits, with studies suggesting it improves our happiness, creativity and health, including the ability to reduce stress and anxiety – something especially valuable this year, Lommerse adds.

With 36 beach accesses dotted throughout the District, among the municipality’s most popular beach getaways are Cadboro Gyro Park, Mt. Douglas Park, Arbutus Cove, McMorran’s Beach in Cadboro Bay and the Gorge Waterfront – each unique in its setting and features. (Want to explore by paddle? Car-top boats are comfortably launched from many of those same locales.)

Those with mobility challenges will also find local opportunities to experience our natural settings. At Telegraph Cove, near Ten Mile Point, the parking lot reaches right to the quiet rocky beach, while the Gorge Waterway, the long, paved waterfront walkway leads to a small sandy beach and playground. Cadboro Bay is also quite accessible with a variety of paved areas.

Do mind your beach manners

“One of the things we emphasize when people are visiting our parks and beaches is that it’s really important to respect the environment they’re visiting,” Lommerse says.

Most Saanich beaches are also home to delicate ecosystems supporting a variety of plant and animal life. Improper activities, such as beach fires, littering, or removing natural materials like rocks, driftwood and plants can disrupt that balance, in addition to making it a less enjoyable experience for others.

It’s important to note that some beaches do have specific restrictions for dogs – find the details here. Where they are permitted, it’s essential dogs are under control, not chasing after birdlife, and for owners to remove pet waste.

And with Saanich beaches typically in the middle of residential areas, do be respectful of neighbours, Lommerse adds.

Click here to visit Saanich Parks and Recreation today and begin planning your Saanich beach staycation!

Family activitiesparksSaanich


It’s easy to while away a day at Saanich’s Mt. Douglas Beach.

Just Posted

Const. Graham Walker of the Saanich Traffic Safety Unit recreates an incident involving a driver who police say attempted to film the scene of a crash while driving up Highway 17. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
Police track down driver caught filming accident scene on Pat Bay Highway

Driver issued $368 ticket, points on their licence

Kwick’kanum (Eric Pelkey), a hereditary chief of the Tsawout Nation, addressed the crowd that gathered at Mount Newton Cross Road and Highway 17 on Oct. 23. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
UPDATED: Pat Bay Highway reopens after rally supporting Mi’kmaq fishing rights

Supporters call on government to recognize Indigenous treaty rights

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is looking for this man, who they say stole a charity box. (Facebook/Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
Crime Stoppers looking for man who stole charity box from Saanich grocery store

Anyone with information asked to call Crime Stoppers

The 21st annual Japanese Cultural Fair streams online Oct. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. (Facebook/Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society)
Esquimalt’s Japanese Cultural Fair takes tastes, experiences and cultures online

21st annual free event streams Saturday, Oct. 24 starting at noon

Victoria High School. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alumni Association abandons plans for eight-lane track at Vic High

SD61 spokesperson says easement, which makes 8-lane track impossible, left out of consultation

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau arrives to announce her party’s election platform in New Westminster, B.C., on October 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green party says it’s raised nearly $835,000 in 38 days

NDP Leader John Horgan is holding his final virtual campaign event

U.S. border officers at the Peace Arch crossing arrested two men on California warrants this week. (File photo)
Ottawa predicts system delays, backlogs unless court extends life of refugee pact

Canada and the United States recognize each other as safe places to seek protection

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson,  BC NDP leader John Horgan and BC Green leader Sonia Furstenau. (File)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Climate change and sustainability promises from the parties

Snap election has led to a short campaign; here’s the lowdown on the platforms

Most Read