The neighbourhood virtual exhibits are designed to provide an overview of the history of Saanich from the era of early settlement to the end of the 20th century.
A great source of information for both long-time residents and newcomers, each instalment focuses on an area of Saanich, and highlights some of the key people, organizations, and events that played a role in shaping the community we know today. Check this page regularly to see the latest instalment of these online neighbourhood exhibits!
Sports and Recreation in the Archives
The mild climate and natural beauty of Saanich make it an ideal place to have fun in the great outdoors. Explore this photo gallery as we look back at just a few of the activities that people have enjoyed throughout the years!
Animals in the Archives
Explore this fun photo gallery that looks back through Saanich history to show how animals have helped us at work, connected us to the land, and enriched our lives.
Travel Through Time
Some Saanich residents were world travelers, while some preferred to stay close to home.
They journeyed by car, train or ship to places in Canada and the United States, and to locations in the United Kingdom and Europe, collecting photographs and postcards as mementos of their travels.
Our virtual exhibit invites you to get away from it all with some of our residents from the past.
Saanich Fire Department, 1919 - 2019
In 2019, the Saanich Fire Department celebrated its centennial. Saanich Archives collaborated with the Fire Department to create an exhibit in honour of this milestone.
The exhibit commemorates 100 years of providing the highest quality service to our community.
Diversity has existed in the Saanich region since long before the first Europeans arrived, and for nearly 200 years immigrants from around the world have chosen to make this area their home.
In Saanich, we strive to live in harmony with one another and recognize that our differences are what make our community strong.
Learn more about our shared history by exploring our online exhibit
Anne Alice Girling (1880 – 1953)
Annie Girling’s more than 900 photographs show life in Saanich and Victoria from 1912 to the 1940s. Girling was born in Suffolk, England in 1880. In her early twenties she studied photography in London and produced many accomplished botanical studies, landscapes and portraits. She came to Canada with her family in 1912 and settled on the shores of Swan Lake in Saanich on land that would later become part of the Swan Lake-Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Girling's images document the family's experience in their new environment. In 2008, Mr. Lindsay Lambert generously donated the collection of glass plate and film negatives to Saanich Archives. Descendants of the Girling family worked with the Archives to identify the images.