OUR VIEW: A glowing first impression

Saanich Peninsula residents are among the friendliest people

When it comes to friendliness, the Saanich Peninsula beats many cities.

It’s a place that evokes a familial atmosphere; where, for better or for worse, nearly everyone knows each other.

During Saturday evening’s Sidney Sparkles Santa parade, parents sat together on the curb along Beacon Avenue and Second Street to chat and catch up, while their children reached out to grab treats from the passing floats, and to point and clap at the spectacular light displays rolling by.

Later, on Bevan Pier, about a dozen people sang Christmas carols as 14 illuminated boats floated past. People waved and cheered, wishing merry Christmas to those on board who had worked so hard to decorate their vessels for the thousands of people who watched the sailpast.

It’s a place where, last week, Sidney council members addressed by name the older women who sat in the rows during the Monday night meeting and offered them rides home. It’s a scene that doesn’t play out in many other towns in this province.

In just a week, the new editor of this paper has encountered the smiles and warm welcomes of so many residents of this area. These simple actions make the Saanich Peninsula feel like home.

It’s no wonder this is becoming an increasingly desirable place for young families to set their roots, why people at or near retirement settle into the comfortable, quiet life on the Peninsula, why tourists flock to the area and leave with that warm and fuzzy feeling.

As the Saanich Peninsula grows and changes over the years, let’s hope a few things stay the same; namely the friendliness that sets this area apart.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Donated sculpture in Sidney’s Beacon Park a testament to perseverance

Victoria artist Armando Barbon picked up sculpting 22 years ago

Sidney builds community resilience through neighbourhood gatherings

Meet Your Street needs residents to create gatherings, safe interactions

Greater Victoria businesses come together to help Island kids

Langford Lowe’s raises funds for youth mental health all month

Langford racing enthusiast back in driver’s seat of life after surviving aggressive cancer

70-year-old David Smith finishes mid-pack in Canada 200 race at Western Speedway

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

Most Read