10 Things to Do in North Saanich That You Shouldn't Miss

July 18, 2017 Diedre Savory

North Saanich is located on the Saanich Peninsula, approximately 25 km (16 mi) north of Victoria, British Columbia on southern Vancouver Island. It is one of the 13 Greater Victoria municipalities. The District is surrounded on three sides by 20 km (12 mi) of ocean shoreline, and consists of rural/residential areas and a large agricultural base and is home to the Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.
Restaurants in North Saanich

1. BC Aviation Museum

1910 Norseman Rd, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 5V5, Canada +1 250-655-3300
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

BC Aviation Museum

Come enjoy a trip back in time with the whole family, with over 20 aircraft on display in Sidney, at The BC Aviation Museum! Where learning and fun meet! Memorable visitor experiences include: • Sit in the cockpit of a warplane. • Discover the history of our valiant Canadian aviation pioneers with our passionate tour guides or on a self-guided visit. We’ve been collecting and preserving 8,000+ aviation books, 13,500+ photographs. Don't miss our gift shop - the perfect place to find aviation themed gifts. Come explore the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, located near the Victoria International Airport.

Reviewed By mulgrew - Vancouver

the Bc aviation museum is very low key and quiet not like the British London or Kent UK or Washington DC air museums but its interesting and contains plenty of Canadian private and military aircraft

2. The Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada +1 250-652-4422
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

The Butchart Gardens

These internationally acclaimed floral display Gardens and National Historic Site of Canada started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart wanted to make her husband's depleted limestone quarry look better and the result is the Sunken Garden. Other Gardens include the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The Gardens are meticulously maintained and provide a riot of colour for much of the year. During the summer, special lighting subtly illuminates the Gardens, musical entertainment takes place on the Concert Lawn, and there are ten spectacular Saturday night Firework Shows. The Magic of Christmas season also has beautiful lighting and evening entertainment, and an outdoor skating rink. Spring offers hundreds of thousand flowering bulbs and Autumn is the time for dahlias, chrysanthemums and fall colours. The Gardens is open daily, year round.

Reviewed By Richard J - Kapolei, Hawaii

Even on a blustery, cool winter day, Butchart offers a wonderful experience for those looking to enjoy a relaxing walk through varied and beautiful Gardens. One would think that there would be limited flowers during the winter, and to some extent this was true, however the crocuses and daffodils were beginning to pop and the grounds were resplendent in green. Best of all, there were no crowds and we were able to enjoy the sunken garden, and the Japanese Garden as if they were our own. The green house with multiple orchids was a real treat as was the wonderful views across the sound from Butchart Cove. We will be back to see the Gardens in full spring bloom for sure.

3. Capital City Skydiving

9681 Willingdon Rd #201, North Saanich, British Columbia V8L 5V6, Canada
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5 based on 32 reviews

Capital City Skydiving

We provide safe, exhilarating experiences for both first time and trained skydivers. We have the most experienced staff and newest gear for the ultimate in a safe Skydiving experience. Come feel the thrill of jumping from a plane at 10,000 feet or even 12,500 feet! It is the memory of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Marcel S

I just did my solo jump license and am now on my A License - you definitely must check out this gorgeous place !!! The staff is just great, very professional and pleasent - they take care of you and want you to have a good time - what you actually get is a perfect time with lot of fun and safe jumps cause of many practises.
Hopefully ill get my a license after 2 weeks in total - ive seen lots of people doing their tandem jump there and all of them were totally convinced and enjoyed the scary jump :)
Bob and his team do a great job, it reallt feels like beeing part of a big family - im on a trip around the world and stayimg with this guys was the best experience so far!!!

4. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

2487 Mount St. Michael Rd Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1T7, Canada +1 250-544-4824
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Reviewed By DonkScotland - Scotland

Had noted this place before we travelled and wandered up on a damp afternoon. It was busy with a group, but we were able to come in and have a taste of several of their craft ciders made on the spot. Girls on duty were kept really busy and were very friendly and helpful. Ciders were all extremely tempting, and sadly, with a lot of travelling still to do, couldn't take much away with us, but a couple of bottles escaped - Witches Broom is terrific, but packs a punch, so beware!

5. Sidney Pier

Bevan, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Sidney Pier

Iconic Pier situated along the waterfront in Sidney BC

Reviewed By SueFromWinnipeg - Winnipeg, Canada

A sweet little pier with lots of character. Amazing views of the surrounding waters, distant Mountains, and even Washington State in the near distance.
Water, waves, rocks, seagulls all combine to make you feel part of the local environment.
Nearby street parking might be available so only a short walk out to the end of the pier takes you right out of Sidney.....or so it feels.
A lovely fish monger is located on one side of the pier end and an interesting little restaurant occupied the other side. Have enjoyed the seafood products from the fish store but still have to get back to check out the little restaurant.

6. John Dean Provincial Park

Dean Park Road, North Saanich, British Columbia V8L 5E1, Canada +1 250-474-1336
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

John Dean Provincial Park

Reviewed By Michael D - Victoria, Canada

This park is totally worth visiting. If you live in Victoria, come here to immerse yourself in a natural setting (science confirms this does great things for you). If youre visiting and you want a break from technology or museums or shopping, come here. The road to the parking lot is only open March 15 to the Fall. There are several trails, some really easy. If the gate is locked to the top, find a legal place to park on the surrounding streets and go for a walk in this park.

7. Michell Bros. Farm

2451 Island View Rd, Saanichton, British Columbia V8M 1W3, Canada +1 250-652-6770
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4 based on 23 reviews

Michell Bros. Farm

Reviewed By Deanna C

This little market is simple and sparsely decorated, but it has a great outdoor farm to table restaurant just off the Lochside bike trail. The products in the market are excellent and they also have a nursery for plant sales. The Halloween pumpkin patch is also an annual fall outing for us.

8. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada +1 250-665-7511
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Explore the mysteries of the Salish Sea Bioregion - one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world! The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is an aquarium and cultural centre for the learning, exploration, and conservation of the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is named after the Canadian Indigenous Peoples of the region, the Coast Salish. Experience natural aquaria habitats of over 160 live species including a giant pacific octopus and wolf eels; a marine mammal exhibit complete with a rare orca skeleton; and experience the art and culture of the Coast Salish peoples on permanent exhibit. Journey from seafloor to seashore and discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea. Peer into 28 aquarium habitats teeming with live marine life from anemones to jelly fish to rockfish and experience the animals first hand in our Touch Pool room overlooking the Salish Sea.

Reviewed By Robert T - Victoria, Canada

This place is best shared with a young enquiring mind so bring your little ones for a full adventure. The Aquariums are first class; you'll feel like you donned scuba gear. The front entrance is a journey into your imagination. There is a touchy-feely tank and a lab area for in depth exploring. The final stop display area with it's wide glass expanse feels as though you are one with the Juan De Fuca Straight. Feels good for more than one visit

9. Victoria Butterfly Gardens

1461 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J5, Canada +1 250-652-3822
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4.5 based on 871 reviews

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

A Vibrant Jungle Experience. A unique opportunity to experience the beauty and curiosity of a tropical jungle up close. Meet our family with surprises at every turn. You’ll encounter tortoises, large iguanas, poison dart frogs, free flying tropical birds and more. Enjoy tropical fish, ducks, flamingos and koi fish in our serene pond and stream circulated by a stunning waterfall. Thousands of tropical butterflies (up to 70 species) fly through our large facilities the size of almost 3 basketball courts. Stroll through and marvel at our lush Gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Wander in our newest Exhibit, the Insectarium, full of impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world. Your jungle adventure awaits.

Reviewed By GrayRanch - Oregon

A friend recommended we stop here, and I'm so glad she did. It's a delightful place, with the butterflies flitting around. Also flamingos, turtles, parrots, and others. It's not a huge place, but it's big enough! I "went around" twice and could have stayed longer. As others have said, it is VERY warm and humid. Do leave your coats outside. And dress as if for a humid summer day. If you have a camera, they tell you to warm it up before you go it to avoid condensation. I thought I had done that but still had condensation. Someone pointed out that there is a hot air "hand drier" near the exit door that is just for warming up cameras. I held it under the hot air for a bit and the condensation was gone.

10. Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts

1890 Mills Rd, North Saanich, British Columbia V8L 5S9, Canada +1 250-658-3419
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts

Located on a Christmas Tree farm in North Saanich, Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts now produces a bounty of unique food products including fruit infused vinegars, beer & cider bread mixes, soup mixes, dip mixes, Sparkling Fir Essence, and brie toppers. The most original products are made from the 1600 douglas fir trees on the property! Come by for a sample or a cooking class!

Reviewed By Katie B - Central Saanich, Canada

If you want to get a gift, that has been made by a local business, then this is the place to go. Laura Waters has created a wonderful array of products on her farm, all packaged in her artistically designed packaging. . Utilizing the tips...MoreThank you so much it is always a pleasure when people visit the farm. The cooking Explorations for 2017 begin in February for all of you foodies and the schedule has been written for the entire year!

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