Report lets others in on Saanich’s secret

Saanich rated best place to live on Vancouver Island

It’s news that shouldn’t come as a surprise to Saanich residents, as it’s something we’ve known for years.

Saanich was recently named as the best place to live on Vancouver Island.

An annual report from MoneySense magazine found Saanich topped the list of Island entries among 219 communities across the country based on 35 separate categories including amenities, income, weather and affordability. Saanich was rated 13th overall in Canada, well ahead of the next highest Vancouver Island community, Comox. Ottawa was named the top city in the country and West Vancouver (seventh) was the highest rated city in B.C.

Saanich scored among the top 25 per cent of Canadian cities in employment, access to health care, arts and sports opportunities, and crime rate. It finished in the top 10 cities overall for ease of access to walking, biking and transit.

It also received recognition as a great place for new Canadians, finishing sixth in the country in that respect. Employment, apartment rental costs, and an existing immigrant population of 17 per cent were cited as factors.

“While we can’t gauge many of the elements that people enjoy in their cities, the nearness of family, the friendliness of neighbours or even great sunsets, we have measured what can be measured and compared what can be compared,” according to report author Mark Brown.

The desirable qualities that make Saanich a special place are no secret (why do you think we live here?). But hearing it from others always serves to validate the opinions of our neighbours and is a significant source of community pride. And if it happens to bring in a few newcomers to stop by at our stores and beaches, that’s just another positive development. And we’ll be glad to show them what they’ve been missing.


Just Posted

Garbage piles up at Mount Doug Park in Saanich

Local resident blames the design of the garbage bins

Periods of rain in Wednesday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Welcome to Victoria, where a street can have four names

From Oak Bay to View Royal, street names change as the roadways twist and turn

Pacific FC looks for first win of the fall season in Toronto Wednesday

The Island team is currently 0-2-0 this season

Saanich councillors slow to respond for feedback on council procedures

Among calls for procedural changes, staff still waiting to hear from six councillors

VIDEO: Black bear caught climbing tree in Langford neighbourhood

Triangle Mountain residents on alert following bear sighting

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Most Read