200 201 PHOTO BY RICK HUDSON NORTH SAANICH, BRITISH COLUMBIA North Saanich, British Columbia SUSTAINABILITY AND SLOW GROWTH BRING BIG REWARDS I t’s rare and refreshing to discov- er a community where growth isn’t the primary driver; where development is secondary to the protection of critical natural re- sources; where building of reserve funds tops building for the masses. The Municipal District of North Saanich, British Columbia is that kind of special place. Incorporated in 1965, North Saanich is located at the north end of the Saanich Peninsula approx- imately 16 miles north of BC’s capital city of Victoria, on southern Vancouver Island. The District is surrounded on three sides by ocean shoreline, and is home to the Vic- toria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Well into her third term as Mayor of North Saanich, Alice Finall has experienced, firsthand, the chal- lenges and successes of this unique AT A GLANCE NORTH SAANICH, BRITISH COLUMBIA WHAT: municipal district on Canada’s west coast, population 11,500 WHERE: Southern Vancouver Island, just north of Victoria B.C. WEBSITES: www.northsaanich.ca