The weather on the Saanich Peninsula was simply glorious for the Easter weekend at the end of March. I daresay it was for much of Vancouver Island.
We were reminded how wonderful this place is. It is easy to take things for granted. However, the first full days of Spring re-opened our eyes to the privilege of living in the Victoria area. My wife and I went for a drive circling the Saanich Peninsula from the south west, driving along the short northern tip and then returning “down” the east coast. It’s so compact that you can cover the whole peninsula in a short time but with very little traffic, a beautiful place to explore.
We are spoilt. No wonder visitors to our B&B return to Vancouver Island. Let me tell you why – in that short drive we passed all these places, in less than a couple of hours:
- The rolling hills and fields, the woods and lakes, farms and small communities.
- Wineries (more about wine later). The grapevines are preparing for that process we know and love. You can visit numerous family-run Saanich Peninsula vineyards on summer weekends. Even a cidery.
- Gardens. Forget The Butchart Gardens, if you can, and imagine little home gardens coming to life. Victorians (we don’t call ourselves that) counted 3/4 billion (with a b, not a m) blooms in February!
- Parks. I noticed parked cars at the entrances to hiking trails at some of our parks. We took a walk the following day in the warm sun with great views.
- The ocean. You are never more than a few minutes from the encircling coastline of Vancouver Island. It’s an important part of the beauty we enjoy with kayaking, sailing, fishing and crabbing, whale-watching, diving or just beachcombing.
- Saanich Peninsula attractions include all the above with many others like Butterfly Gardens, Mount Douglas, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Sidney – the book town, Glendale Gardens, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.
- Golf courses – more than you can “shake a golf club at”, where you can play golf year-round.
- Eat and drink at fruit stands, farm markets, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops.
After our jaunt we sat on the terrace of our B&B (strangely, there were no guests that weekend: their loss) with books and glasses of Saanich Peninsula wine. You should join us. Ah, the joys of life!