Saanich - Best Cities


For such a small metropolitan area (less than 500,000 people), Greater Victoria is comprised of 13 municipalities. Wait, there’s more: three of these have the word “Saanich” in them. For our purposes, let’s focus on the District of Saanich (the most populous of the 13 municipalities) and one of the most coveted hometowns in Canada. Incredibly economically diverse, Saanich is home to luxe shopping (ranked #21 among Canada’s small cities, anchored by Uptown Mall). Self-employed residents rank #5 in Canada. The area just north of downtown Victoria is quickly being built out as a secondary urban core for locals—accessed more easily and without the tourist traffic. It is just part of Saanich’s record capital construction for active transportation projects in 2022. The #2 national ranking among small cities (behind only Victoria) for number of residents who bike to work here is only one sign that sustainability is paramount, stewarded by the academic leadership of both the University of Victoria and both campuses of Camosun College. Both schools drive Saanich’s #11 ranking for Employment in Educational Pursuits, as well as its #8 spot in our Educational Attainment subcategory.