Brentwood Bay, Saanich Inlet

Brentwood Bay, Saanich Inlet

by | Aug 4, 2019

Brentwood Bay is a community in Central Saanich located on Saanich Inlet, 13 miles (21 km) north of the city of Victoria and 7 miles (12 km) south of Sidney, British Columbia. Central Saanich is one of the 13 municipalities that make up the Greater Victoria area on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Brentwood Bay is a residential community and has a ferry terminal providing a link to Mill Bay via the MV Klitsa, run by BC Ferries, and is also home to the famous Butchart Gardens.

Saanich Inlet is a fjord that lies between the Saanich Peninsula and the Malahat highlands of Vancouver Island. The inlet is located just northwest of Victoria, and is 16 miles (25 km) long, and has a maximum depth of 741 feet (226 m). The inlet has supported a fishery for the Malahat and Saanich First Nations for centuries, and several First Nations reserves are located on the inlet shoreline. Similar to many fjords with limited circulation, the water near the bottom is anoxic for most of the year and hydrogen sulfide is often detected.

Brentwood Bay was once named Sluggett for John Sluggett, a pioneer from Devonshire England who settled here in 1876. In 1925, it was renamed Brentwood Bay for the town of Brentwood, in Essex England, the hometown of R.M. Horne-Payne who was the president of the British Columbia Electric Company. BC Electric owned the British Columbia Electric Railway, a historic railway that operated electric trains in southwestern BC, including an interurban line between Victoria and Deep Cove at the north end of the Saanich Peninsula. BC Electric also operated a hydroelectric powerhouse at Goldstream that provided power to Victoria and the interurban railway system. The last interurban service was discontinued in 1958. Read more here and here. Explore more of Brentwood Bay here:

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