As a resident of Saanich East, and more particularly the Lake Hill/Swan Lake area, my family and I can attest to the beautiful landscapes, great schools, and community feel. Raising 3 children anywhere can be difficult, but the transit system, close proximity to shopping and restaurants and the low crime rate make this area highly desirable.
The Swan Lake and Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is one of our favourite areas to visit, as it offers a series of trails that pass through an important ecosystem for many local birds and other wildlife. A trail wraps around the Swan Lake area, over a series of wooden bridges, passing important marshland for birds, such as finches, wrens, and different species of ducks. Christmas Hill Trail is close by, and offers a 1.3 kilometer loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.