The eastern side of Saanich is dominated by the University of Victoria, which is very much a part of the local life of the community.
The landscape of Saanich is unique for its ecological diversity and leisure potential. There are 170 municipal parks, three regional parks and a cycling network route to see and explore.
Saanich has more parks per capita than any other municipality in B.C.
There are several excellent golf courses in Saanich: Blenkinsop Valley, Cedar Hill, Cordova Bay and Prospect.