Because it covers such a large area, the district of Saanich is home to a multitude of different beautiful parks, beaches, recreation centres and golf courses.
Some of the best hiking and walking areas in Greater Victoria can be found in Saanich, including Mount Douglas and Mount Tolmie, which both offer fabulous views of the city and the coastline, and are accessible by car as well.
For a gentler stroll, Saanich is also home to the large Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park that offers rowing and swimming, as well as a 10 km trail around the lakes popular with runners, walkers, cyclists and horseback riders. Closer to the city is the Swan Lake Nature Reserve, a great spot for families and bird watching enthusiasts.
Because of its expansive coastline, Saanich is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Victoria, including Mount Douglas Beach, Gordon Head Beach and Gyro Park. Further up the peninsula, Island View Beach is also a popular spot for a swim and a picnic.
The district of Saanich also maintains several public recreation centres which run programs for adults and children throughout the year.