The District of Saanich is a municipality on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is located north of the provincial capital, Victoria. It has a population of 108,265 people, making it the most populous municipality on Vancouver Island, and the seventh most populous in the province. The municipality is named after the Saanich First Nation, and means "emerging land" or "emerging people". Saanich is part of Greater Victoria and a member municipality of the Capital Regional District. The Municipality is the largest of the core municipalities making up Greater Victoria.