The district of Saanich East, part of the Core region, corresponds to the eastern half of the municipal District of Saanich and is sub-divided into 19 neighbourhoods.
The eastern side of Saanich is dominated by the University of Victoria, which is very much a part of the local life of the community.
The landscape of Saanich is unique because of its ecological diversity and leisure potential. There are 170 municipal parks, three regional parks and a cycling network route. Saanich has more parks per capita than any other municipality in B.C. There are several golf courses in Saanich: Blenkinsop Valley, Cedar Hill, Cordova Bay and Prospect Lake.