• Outdoor Education Courses
    Outdoor Education Courses Instruction in canoeing, backpacking and climbing with expeditions to various destinations on Vancouver Island.
  • Friendship for life
    Friendship for life "I made a lot of new friends, friendships that will last a lifetime." - former international student
  • West Coast of Canada
    West Coast of Canada Located in beautiful British Columbia near the capital city of Victoria and Sidney by the Sea.
  • Healthy Lifestyle
    Healthy Lifestyle Outstanding educational programs and personalized support for students
  • Elementary, Middle and High Schools
    Elementary, Middle and High Schools Outstanding educational programs and personalized support for students
  • Sail and Explore
    Sail and Explore Focus programs are available in all of our secondary schools: Parkland, Stelly's and Claremont.

Location & Climate                                              

Saanich is a municipality on southern Vancouver Island with a population of 110,000. It is the largest municipality in Greater Victoria, home to 350,000 people. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province that has a population of about 4.5 million. Saanich is about 15 minutes from Vancouver (2.4 million) by air, and about three hours by car/bus and ferry.


Victoria has mild, rainy winters and cool, dry summers. Daily temperatures rise above 30°C on an average of only one day per year and fall below –5°C on an average of only 2 nights per year. During winter, the average daily high and low temperatures are 8.2°C and 3.6°C, respectively. The summer months are equally mild, with an average high temperature of 19.6°C and low of 11.3°C.


Saanich is about 100 square kilometers and contains a variety of attractive urban and rural landscapes and communities. It thus offers the best of both city and country living. The sophisticated city of Victoria is right next door, yet within minutes of home you can enjoy the wonders of nature. Surrounded by the ocean, Saanich has a long  shoreline with many beautiful sandy beaches. It also has large natural parks for walking/hiking, several recreation/cultural activities centres, and two lakes for swimming, rowing, and fishing.                                                                                   

Parkland is now an IB Candidate School!

Parkland Secondary is now a candidate to be an IB World School for the Diploma ProgrammeClick here to learn more.



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  • Homestay Information

    Host families provide essentially what they would normally provide for their own family:• Private bedroom. Three wholesome meals a day and snacks as required• Quiet, well-lit and heated study space• Bathing/showering facilities• Laundry• Emotional support if the student is suffering from homesickness, difficulties at school, etc• Access to the common Read More
  • Homestay Information for Students

    Schools in the Saanich district are located in beautiful neighbourhoods. Families from these neighbourhoods are carefully screened to host international students before they qualify. We understand the importance of a quality placement for every student.  The Program ensures that students are placed in clean, caring homes and is responsible for on-going monitoring Read More
  • Become a host parent

    How to Apply to Become a Host Parent Homestay Duration:3 weeks to 10 months Homestay Requirements: As a home-stay parent you are expected to provide the support that you would normally provide for your own family: a private bedroom furnished with the following: a bed with a proper mattress and Read More
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Student Successes

  • Two Grade 8 International Students like Bayside Middle School

        Jose Andre’s from Mexico and Kevin from China are enjoying their grade 8 year at Bayside Middle School

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  • International Student Training for Triathlon

    In November, 2009, Gabriela, a Triathlete from Guatemala was very happy to have chosen Claremont School due to its close

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  • Michiyo (Japan)

    Michiyo (Japan)

    “The school is good, the students are so nice, they help me with my English. The teachers are so friendly

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  • Mark (Hong Kong)

    Mark (Hong Kong)

    When Marc first arrived in Saanich from Hong Kong, he joined a local fencing club. “I’m glad I can continue 

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  • Graduation Transition Interviews

    International Students Impress at Grad Transition Interviews   Every student who achieves a British Columbia High School Graduation must fulfill

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Focus Programs

  • Sports +

    Ice Hockey - Heralded as the national sport of Canada. Students in this program benefit from three days a week of ice time to improve skating and skills. See Parkland's Hockey Academy.  Learn more at Saanich Minor Hockey Association. Judo - Study with a 6th Degree Black Belt in the only high school Judo academy in Western Canada. Sailing - Do you love to be on the water? Parkland holds a unique partnership with the North Saanich Yacht Club.  As well, check out Parkland Sailing Academy.                                              Climbing -  The Boulders Read More
  • Integrated Studies +

    “Exploring pathways in programs of choice” Marine Institute - A marine focus on academics, trades, technology or recreation in preparation for future careers. Global Perspectives - A unique outreach program requiring local community service in grade 11 and volunteer work in a developing country in grade 12. Institute for Global Solutions - An interdisciplinary program focusing on causes, consequences and solutions to the most pressing global challenges. Pursuit of Excellence - Creating an individualized plan for students to reach their maximum potential including the Duke of Edinburgh program and an emphasis on public speaking Read More
  • Arts +

    “Opportunities to specialize in Visual or Performing Arts”   Parkland has a long history of providing exceptional creative and performing arts opportunities for students. Our Musical Theatre production in semester one involves up to 90 students in all aspects of the show and typically runs four nights of sold out shows. Parkland is a relatively small school which means that any student wishing to participate in performing and creative arts will find a place here. Click Here to check out the Parkland Fine Arts programs!     Musical Theatre – Read More
  • Outdoor Education +

    “Experiences in Outdoor Activities in all Secondary Schools”       Outdoor Education Courses in grades 11 and 12 - “Instruction in canoeing, backpacking and climbing with expeditions to various destinations on Vancouver Island.” Read More
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