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Saanich, British Columbia

Full nameDistrict of Saanich
Official nameDistrict of Saanich
Settlement typeDistrict
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional DistrictCapital
MayorFrank Leonard
Governing bodySaanich Council
MPList of MPs
Elizabeth May (Green)
Denise Savoie (NDP)
Randall Garrison (NDP)
MLAList of MLAs
Lana Popham (NDP)
Ida Chong (BC Liberal)
Rob Fleming (NDP)
Total Area39.9 sq mi (103.44 km2)
Elevation75.5 ft (23 m)
Total Population108265 (2006)
Density (pop.)1046.7/km2 (2711/sq mi)
Other information
Time zonePST (UTC−8)
- Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−7)
Postal code spanV8N-V8Z
Area code250 & 778

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The District of Saanich is a municipality on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is located north of the provincial capital, Victoria. It has a population of 108,265 people, making it the most populous municipality on Vancouver Island, and the seventh most populous in the province. The municipality is named after the Saanich First Nation, and means "emerging land" or "emerging people".

Saanich is part of Greater Victoria and a member municipality of the Capital Regional District.

The Municipality of Saanich was incorporated on March 1, 1906. With an area of 103.44 km2 (39.9 sqmi), it is the largest of the core municipalities making up Greater Victoria. The topography is undulating with many glacially scoured rock outcroppings. Elevations range from sea level to 229 m (751.3 ft). The physical setting is greatly influenced by water. There are 8.1749 km2 (3.2 sqmi) of fresh water lakes and 29.61 km (18.4 mi) of marine shoreline.

Saanich is home to part of the University of Victoria which is bisected by the boundary with the neighbouring municipality of Oak Bay. Saanich is fairly large in area and contains a wide variety of rural and urban landscapes and neighbourhoods stretching north to the Saanich Peninsula. Saanich is the location of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory near Elk Lake. The Municipality of Saanich contains a long shoreline with sandy beaches located at a number of ocean bays. Two of the beaches are Cadboro Bay Beach and Cordova Bay Beach. Cadboro Bay is known as a place to view the "Cadborosaurus", a mythical sea monster that may or may not exist. Saanich's notable parks include Mount Douglas Park, Mount Tolmie Park (with viewpoints) and Gyro Park.

The residents of Saanich - referred to as Saanichites - are served by the News, a free, twice-weekly circulation newspaper.

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