History & Heritage Sites

Central Saanich History

The lands, seas, and peoples of Central Saanich have a rich and remarkable history, stretching back to the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, through first contact and European settlement, the District’s incorporation, and the evolution of the community we all share today. This history continues to influence and inspire the region, as the District and the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) and SȾÁUTW̱  (Tsawout) First Nations grow and strive to honour our past, embrace the present, and prepare for the future.

In the menu below you will find a summary of our region’s history through different stages and eras. While only an overview of a complex and bountiful history, this summary provides a glimpse into our past to better understand our present.

If you’re interested in learning more and seeing our preserved past for yourself, please see the Related Pages section.