Summer weekends are made to get out and enjoy this beautiful place we call home!
Here are a few suggestions to fill your weekend with fun:
Thursday August 4
Grab a coffee and your computer or tablet — it’s time to check out all the great new programs in the Saanich Fall Activity Guide! View and wishlist your activities and programs today, then simply move them into your cart once registration opens on August 17. It couldn’t be easier! What will you get up to this fall?
Join the Burnside Gorge Community Association’s Thursday Moms Walk & Talk to connect with other moms and get some fresh air. Each week’s walk is at a different location — this week is in our own Saanich Gorge Park starting at 11:00 a.m.!
This week’s Music in the Bay will take you away to Mexico with the enchanting sounds of Carmen Rodriguez de France. Join us at Cadboro-Gyro Park for this free outdoor concert from 6-7 p.m.
Use your Access Pass (or pay a low drop-in rate) to join Cycle and Strength at Gordon Head Recreation Centre. You set the intensity in this class, all fitness levels welcome!
Friday August 5
Starting today with space avalaible: ZUMBA Gold — Designed for active older adults and people starting their fitness journey. This four-class session runs Fridays 10:45-11:45 a.m. at Gordon Head Recreation Centre.
Cheer along as the Victoria Eagles host the BC Junior Premier League Baseball Championships, begining today in Lambrick Park. See the full schedule of games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Take a visual trip to the coast at the opening reception for a new exhibition of paintings by Maggie Wilson, entitled Coastlines. Maggie Wilson is a contemporary realist painter who emigrated to Canada from England in the early 1970’s. Reception Friday 5:00-8:00 p.m., show runs through August 22 at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre’s Gallery.
The new, FREE, Saanich Heritage Passport is available to pick up during regular business hours at Municipal Hall. Grab yours and take a walking tour of seven heritage buildings and one structure located in the Saanich core area.
Get your stretch on and start your weekend grounded at Basic Yoga. This reserved drop-in class runs 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Gordon Head Recreation Centre and is included in your Saanich Recreation Access Pass! Book online or call to reserve your space.
Youth-Only Swim returns tonight, and only for ages 8 to 18 years-old. Waves, diving boards, slide and more! Proof of age required upon admission. And don’t forget that these sessions are included in the Summer Swim ‘n’ Skate Pass for children & youth!
Saturday August 6
How about a refresher that could save a life? Join us at SCP for a Standard First Aid/CPR-C Recertification course. If you need both first aid and CPR, register for the Standard First Aid (SFA) Recertification that runs 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. And if you just need CPR, register for the CPR C (with AED) - Recertification that runs 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Now in its 26th year, Arts & Music in the Gardens is an invitation to explore the Gardens at HCP, and more! The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and features three stages and up to fifty artists, all with the backdrop of nine acres of demonstration gardens. For more information including admission rates, see the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific’s website.
Capital Bike challenges you to discover new places by bike and collect stickers along the way in their Sticker Challenge! Explore your community, try out exciting new bike infrastructure, support local businesses, and win fantastic prizes worth thousands of dollars! Complete this 100% free scavenger hunt anytime from August 1 – 14.
The name says it all - it’s an Everyone Welcome Skate at GR Pearkes Recreation Centre today from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. AND, if you have one of our Summer Swim ‘n’ Skate passes, not only is your admission covered—so are your skate rentals! Come on down.
Sunday August 7
Watching in awe as sculptors turn sand into works of art is just one of the many fun things you can do at the Cadboro Bay Festival! This community favourite is back after two years and we couldn’t be more excited. Join us in Cadboro-Gyro Park from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for this free, family-friendly celebration!
Ready to punch up your fitness routine? Register for Boxing for Fitness 50+, a four-session program that focuses on form & proper technique to ensure you have fun working out. Sessions run Sundays from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. at SCP.
You don’t need a penny-farthing to ride back in time at the Tweed Ride. This celebration of bicycling and a bygone era is complete with a group ride starting from Willows Beach, a picnic and prizes for riders across several categories. See the Tweed Ride’s website for information and ticket prices.
It's always fun to hop on the ice at GR Pearkes during an Everyone Welcome Skate (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.), Adult Skate & Figure Skate 19yrs+ (4:45 – 6:00 p.m.) or Reserved Drop In Stick & Puck 19yrs+ (6:15 – 7:30 p.m.). See the full schedule.
Roll on to great tunes by a live DJ at Roller Skate Victoria’s Lambrick Sunset Summer Skate Series at Lambrick Park from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m! Skate rentals available. Admission and skate rentals can be purchased through Roller Skate Victoria
All Weekend Long
Enjoy the new Pop-Up Dog Parks at Fowler, Horner and Hyacinth parks. These pop-ups are open daily from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. for fido’s off-leash enjoyment!
You don’t have to be young to enjoy a lap or two around Tripp Station Youth Park, Saanich’s newest bike skills park. Riders of all ages will love the pump track, jumps and skills trails. Open 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily at 4050 Lochside Dr.
A great way to stay active and connected this summer—and any time—is by volunteering. We have many great opportunities for you to do good and feel great because of it! Check out the Saanich Volunteer Opportunities page on our website if you have time you could share with our community!
Build your #NaturalIntelligence when you create your own nature scavenger hunt with our field guide to Plants & Animals in Saanich Parks. How many can you find?
Did you know that you can reserve space in our parks? You can book picnic tables for picnics and parties or sports fields (if available) for fun and games! Saanich’s 170+ parks have multiple areas in parks you can reserve. Check our website for more information.
Want to play tennis without the weather worry? Remember that you can book an indoor tennis court at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre for just $15/hr this summer! Courts available Weekdays from 4:30-8pm and Weekends from 8am-4pm. Call reception to book 250-475-7121
Please note that Gordon Head Recreation Centre will be closed Saturdays and Sundays in July and August as part of our ongoing construction project. We can’t wait to welcome you back into the pool soon!