We’ve switched to biennial data gathering for the city profiles — The data available here was collected in early 2022 and originally published in last year’s Canadian City Parks Report.
City Profile
British Columbia
Population: 117,735
  • Saanich is above average for percentage of parkland that is natural area at 65%.
  • Saanich is above average for percentage of park washrooms that are winterized, with 69% open year-round.
  • Saanich is one of 53% of cities with a park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • Saanich’s Natural Intelligence program helps residents build reciprocal relationships with nature. It emphasizes giving back to nature through volunteering in parks or stewarding local habitats, while appreciating the gifts nature provides by spending time in parks for physical activity and connecting with others.
  • The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council and the District of Saanich signed the ÁTOL,NEUEL (“Respecting One Another”) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work towards shared goals of reconciliation. The MOU includes parks management, public art and education projects, and environmental concerns as areas of interest.
  • Pop-up dog parks are being piloted in Saanich for the second year. The pilot program addresses concerns about the potential impact dogs off-leash have on wildlife, natural areas, private property and other park visitors’ ability to use the space, since dogs are currently allowed off-leash in most Saanich parks.
of total city land is parkland

10,830 ha of total city area

With a few exceptions, most of Saanich’s parks are considered “off leash” as long as dogs are kept under the effective control of their owners.
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Dog parks
Off-leash dog areas

Includes both standalone dog parks and off-leash dog areas within parks.

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15 additional portable toilets are available in parks.
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Public washrooms

11 winterized public washrooms

Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)
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