Central Saanich

Heritage Acres (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society)

Saanich Historical Artifacts Society (S.H.A.S.) is a volunteer society dedicated to the preservation of the past for the future. The Society is dedicated to collecting, restoring, housing, and demonstrating artifacts from Saanich's rural past. They have one of Western Canada’s largest collections of working steam engines, tractors, agricultural machinery, and household and industrial artifacts.

Saanich Pioneers Museum and Archives

The Saanich Pioneer Society is dedicated to the preservation of the historical records of the Saanich Peninsula; they are non-profit and operated entirely by volunteers and donations. The archives and museum houses collections from pioneer families in both textual and artifact form. It has a simulated pioneer kitchen; a handicraft corner with women's beautiful handwork displays; a library with a wide variety of books for loan and ongoing changing displays.

Culturally Modified Trees at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet)

There are a number of culturally modified trees (CMTs) at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet). Some of these trees have been stripped in recent years, and other strips are hundreds of years old. The healed bark and robust health of the remaining trees from these old harvests illustrates the inherent sustainability of this traditional practice. Earl Claxton Jr (Tsawout First Nation elder and knowledge keeper) describes how the existence of these ancient CMTs provided legal evidence that W̱SÁNEĆ peoples lived in this region for many thousands of year prior to European contact.

Gore Nature Park

Photo: Todd Carnahan

Gore Nature Park is a 6.77 hectare park in a Garry Oak ecosystem and the park underwent camas meadow restoration. As the sign at the entrance to the park reads, "Plants and habitat found on these lands are easily damaged. Please stay on designated paths and avoid disturbing mossy outcroppings and wildflowers." Coopers hawks are known to nest in the area, and wildflowers and mossy outcrops are found in abundance.

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SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park)

SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet) is a rich and layered site, both culturally and ecologically. Located in the Coastal Douglas fir moist maritime biogeoclimatic zone, in the Nanaimo lowlands ecosection, SṈIDȻEȽ is surrounded by the lush forests of Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park, which was established in 1994 as a part of the Commonwealth Heritage Legacy Program. The SENCOŦEN name for the area is SṈIDȻEȽ (pronounced ‘sneed-kwuth’) which means “Place of the Blue Grouse”.

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