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Officially incorporated August 19, 1965, the District of North Saanich celebrated its 50th birthday in 2015. Special contributions to our Jubilee was the Jubilee Storybook and the dedication of Jubilee Park. Below is a drawing of the various planned phases for this new park.

The Land Where it is Good to Be Jubilee Storybook
Jubilee Book Cover  

2015 was the District of North Saanich's Jubilee.  The jubilee celebrations offered many opportunities to reflect on the history of North Saanich and became another incentive to preserve and sustain its legacy. Through these fifty years, North Saanich councils have managed to retain the historical essence of “the land where it is good to be” with the active and strong support of our residents. The book "the land where it is good to be" is one of the key legacies from the celebrations. The stories, both recent and decades old—reminiscences from farmers, teachers, artists, community volunteers, descendants of early families, mayors and councillors—were shared in 2015 at a series of evening and lunch “storytelling events” organized by the district’s Jubilee Committee, led by Mayor Alice Finall, and are illustrated by archival photographs from a variety of historical collections, including family albums.

The result is an engaging capsule history of one of British Columbia’s oldest communities, replete with surprising facts.

This is a book, as the title says, of memories; memories from individuals, of living in a place that early explorers must have thought was the edge of the world. The stories are personal reflections, shaped by lived experiences and by anecdotes handed down through families. They offer individual glimpses into the past and an opportunity to reflect on change and the growing pains of a community. The idea for a series of “storytelling” events was suggested to North Saanich’s Jubilee Committee as a way of bringing to life some of the personal histories of the district’s early families, teachers,artists, farmers, writers, and the many volunteers who have shaped,and continue to shape, the character of this community.

The book is available at the following locations:

 Bolen Books 
    Deep Cove  Fickle Fig
 Ivy's Book Store  

Mary Winspear

 Munro Books
 Corporate Logo
Municipal Hall
 Roost  Tanner's

Aug 29-15 Jubilee Park Phasing Plan
 Phase 1  Phase 3

Main Entry to the Park
Play area featuring airport theme and structural and topographic play elements

Aircraft viewing area with interpretive signage and seating
Lower forest restoration area demonstrating the "rough & loose" technique
Phase 2
Phase 4


Aeronautical themed play area featuring a climbable airplane structure
Shelter featuring hangar-inspired form, picnic tables and a small performance space
Site parking


Adventure play area located upslope, featuring a climbable helicopter structure, play slope with integrated slides and climbing elements, and natural play elements
Upper forest restoration area demonstrating the "rough & loose" technique
Accessible uplospe connection path


 Ruby Red Farm
 VIH Aviation Group
The Roost

Institute of Ocean Sciences
 Sidney Lions Club  Seaspan
 Coast Capital Savings
BC Ferries  Monks

 Panorama Recreation Centre


Thrifty Foods 

BC Aviation Museum 
Mary Winspear  starbucks  Russell Nursery  Sidney Museum 
 Viking Air Logo