The Saanich Peninsula is the gate-way to Vancouver island. The name 'Saanich' comes from Salish Indian words meaning 'fertile soil'.
Most visitors arrive by way of the BC Ferry terminal at Swartz Bay, Washington State Ferry, or the Victoria International Airport terminal minutes away from Sidney.
Each peninsula community, Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney has distinct qualities which sets them apart.
The rural-residential community of North Saanich, with a population of 11,000, has a Canada-wide reputation for it's quality of lifestyle. It is also home port to the largest ferry fleet in the world, BC Ferries, which has been providing ferry service between Vancouver Island, the mainland and the Gulf Islands for more than 30 years.