Central Saanich offers a mix of rural and urban lifestyles. The area has a rich agricultural heritage, and farmland comprises nearly two thirds of the municipality. It boasts scenic drives, expansive Island View Beach, and world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Central Saanich is a destination for wine touring, either chartered or by bicycle.
Central Saanich is located on the Saanich Peninsula, 21 kilometers north of Victoria via Highway 17, also called the Pat Bay Highway. It borders North Saanich on the north and Saanich on the South. It is surrounded on the east and west by Haro Strait and Saanich Inlet. It is easily accessible by car, bus or bicycle, and is within close proximity to the Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries. Central Saanich has 2 shopping centres, located in Saanichton and Brentwood Bay; several services are available including restaurants, groceries and banking.
Central Saanich lies within School District 63.
Residents of Central Saanich frequent the nearby Panorama Recreation Centre. The area also has numerous parks including Centennial Park, known for its picnic area and playground, baseball diamonds and lacrosse box. Cyclists tend to make this municipality a destination for its kilometers of winding, scenic roads.
Central Saanich began as a farming community and many hobby farms, as well as small working farms and vineyards are still in operation in the area. Over the past few decades, Central Saanich has seen increasing residential, commercial and industrial development. Some residents commute to nearby Victoria, while others are retired or operate home-based businesses.