The VREB district of Saanich East/Saanich West, part of the Core region, corresponds to the eastern half of the municipal District of Saanich and is sub-divided into 19 neighbourhoods for Saanich East and 17 Neighbourhoods for Saanich West.
A significant part of Saanich West is rural in nature, including Elk and Beaver Lake Regional Park and the Prospect Lake area. There are 170 municipal parks, three regional parks, a cycling network route and the Saanich Commonwealth Place – a world-class pool and fitness centre. 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.