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Saanich, British Columbia (District Municipality)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. The District of Saanich is a municipality on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is located north of the provincial capital, Victoria. It has a population of 103,654, making it the most populated municipality on Vancouver Island, and the seventh most populated in the province. The municipality is named after the Saanich First Nation. Its area is 103.43 square kilometers, with population density of 1002.2 per square kilometers. The population at present is 103,654.

Saanich is part of Greater Victoria and a member municipality of the Capital Regional District. The Municipality of Saanich was incorporated on March 1, 1906. With an area of 111.79 square kilometers, it is the largest of the core municipalities making up Greater Victoria. The topography is undulating with many glacially scoured rock outcroppings. The elevation is 213 meters above sea level. The physical setting is greatly influenced by water. There are 8.1749 square kilometers of fresh water lakes and 29.61 kilometers of marine shoreline.
Saanich has been the home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The non-native history begins with the arrival of the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1840s. The Craigflower Schoolhouse, the oldest surviving school building in Western Canada, was built on orders from Kenneth MacKenzie. He came from Scotland with his family in 1852, on the Hudson's Bay Company ship Norman Morison, to establish a farm for the Puget Sound Agricultural Company, a subsidiary of the Hudson's Bay Company.
The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory telescope was designed by Dr John Stanley Plaskett, astronomer with the department of the Interior in Ottawa. The 72 inch reflecting telescope was the largest of its kind in the world when it was built, though this was only the case for a few short months in 1918. Saanich is home to half of British Columbia's third largest university, the University of Victoria. It is also home to both major campuses of Camosun College, the one at Lansdowne and the main campus on Interurban Road. Saanich is bisected by two school districts, School District 61 Greater Victoria and School District 63 Saanich.
Saanich is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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