From the arts and wellness to technology and growing transportation opportunities, you’ll find it on the Saanich Peninsula. The region’s eclectic array of businesses and organizations are key to what makes the Peninsula one of the region’s most popular destinations for locals and visitors alike.
In our series profiling local movers and shakers, here’s a look at 11 Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce members improving your community:
Wedman Financial Services Sidney – Financial Planning, Investment Services and Employee Benefits plans for Chamber of Commerce group insurance plans. 2480 Beacon Ave., Sidney, 250-655-0707.
Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation – For more than 30 years, the SPHHF has raised funds to support the hospital and health care in the local community. With its ER, operating rooms, diagnostic services and extended care, donors help to keep the Saanich Peninsula Hospital modern and available for all. sphf.ca 2166 Mount Newton X Rd., Saanichton. 250-652-7531
District of Central Saanich – The District of Central Saanich provides a wide range of municipal services to the community. Visit their Contact Us page online for a full listing of departments. The Central Saanich Municipal Hall, located at 1903 Mount Newton Cross Rd., is open for business from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. 250-652-4444
YYJ – An important economic driver for southern Vancouver Island and B.C., YYJ generates approximately $880 million in economic output and 4,200 person years of employment. 2018 brought expansion of the departure lounge to include dedicated aircraft boarding gates and additional amenities. “Ease, efficiency, friendliness and vitality: All part of our vision to build a remarkable airport for a remarkable place.” victoriaairport.com
Blue Jellyfish SUP Adventures – Stand up paddleboarding lessons, courses, coastal expeditions and multi-day adventure trips in two locations on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Owner Pam Martin, a Paddle Canada-certified SUP instructor, marine biologist and travel photographer, offers ocean adventures for beginner to advanced paddlers as well as private, group and custom corporate events. New this year, the Ocean Groms summer camp has been created for “youth active on the ocean, for the ocean.” Visit bluejellyfishSUP.ca for schedules, itineraries and registration.
Expedia CruiseShip Centers Sidney – Serving the Peninsula since 1994, Expedia CruiseShip Centers has expertise in all areas of travel, and can fulfill all your destination and vacation needs. They can also provide complete travel insurance packages independent of travel. Call today, 250-656-5441 or visit online.
Island Blue – Family owned since 1969, Island Blue was founded in 1912 and today is a group of passionate, dedicated professionals providing a creative resource for customers to bring their inspirations, ideas and projects to life. Island Blue’s Art & Framing offers a large selection of artist supplies, including custom picture framing, while the Print & Imaging Centre provides digital printing and finishing services, book and fine art/photo printing. Visit at 2455 Beacon Ave. or call 250-656-1233
Canoe Cove Joe’s – This local favourite is nestled at the end of Canoe Cove Road near BC Ferries’ Swartz Bay Terminal. Serving hearty breakfast and delicious lunches seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., their licensed patio is a great place to enjoy the working marina and fresh sea breezes. Also available for your private functions. Visit them at 2300 Canoe Cove Rd.
Island Return It – Recycling starts here! The Island Return It recycling centre offers customers a bright, clean and well-organized way to recycle right here in Sidney. Over the years, they’ve expanded their recycling services to include many different recycling programs. By making recycling a positive experience, they hope to encourage more individuals to do their part, thereby benefiting all of us – both locally and globally. Help keep our Island beautiful, bring your recycling to 5-10025 Galaran Rd. 250-655-4878.
Master Care Janitorial & Facility Services – This Better Business Bureau-accredited Chamber member provides reliable, quality cleaning services at competitive prices, including commercial office, strata and apartment building cleaning, and construction/post-construction clean-up. Bonded and insured staff provide daily, weekly, or monthly services. Visit janitorialservicesvictoria.com or call 250-590-5970.
Sharon Bolton, Select Mortgage – Mortgage rules have changed and interest rates are increasing, but licenced mortgage broker Sharon Bolton has insight as to how banks, credit unions, trust companies and private lenders work within those rules and can match the best interest rate, lender and product with your needs. The service is free as she is paid by the lender except for more challenging situations where private or alternate financing maybe required. Whatever your mortgage question, call Sharon at 250-655-0632.