24 Sep LIFE IN SAANICH: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CADBORO BAY AREA – WATCH OUT FOR THE CADBOROSAURUS!
Named after the first European ship to ever arrive in the bay, Cadboro Bay is both a bay on Vancouver Island and a Saanich neighbourhood located between the bay of the same name and the University of Victoria. The neighbourhood of Cadboro Bay is bounded by Queenswood, Ten Mile Point, and the Uplands, and at its heart is the Cadboro Bay Village, a popular shopping district. Cadboro Bay is a neighbourhood with a rich history that dates all the way back to the 1800s, when the Hudson’s Bay Company schooner Cadboro became the first vessel to anchor in the bay.
THE HISTORY OF CADBORO BAY: HOW IT CAME TO BE
Cadboro Bay was originally home to the Songhees First Nations, and was later settled by 17 Hudson’s Bay Company employees. The earliest European settlers were farmers who worked at the HBC Uplands Farm. The inland areas of the bay became popular locations for farmers to set up shop and till the land, and as development proceeded, the area gained a reputation as a resort destination in the 1900s. After the 1920s the farmland was developed into residential properties.
CADBORO BAY TODAY: A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD WITH AN ACTIVE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT
Today, Cadboro Bay is primarily a residential-commercial district, with nearly 30 businesses in the Cadboro Bay Village and over 1500 homes in the surrounding neighbourhoods. The area is home to the Cadboro-Gyro Park, an extremely popular 15-acre park with marine-themed attractions for children. The park features climbing installations such as a concrete octopus, salmon and tugboat, as well as a stone statue of the Cadborosaurus.
THE CADBOROSAURUS: VANCOUVER ISLAND’S OWN SEA MONSTER
For centuries, great tales of giant creatures living in the ocean have thrilled and captivated young and old alike. Accounts of ancient sea serpents have been the subject of mythic literature and scientific study, drawing tourists from all over the world and giving locals some great stories to tell. Kelowna has the Ogopogo. Scotland has Nessie. But did you know that Vancouver Island has its own creature of the deep? Claims of a sighting of the Cadborosaurus – or “Caddy” as he likes to be called – first emerged in 1932, when renowned British Columbian wildlife novelist Hubert Evans told journalist Howard White about how he saw a strange creature emerge from the sea. The Cadborosaurus was said to have a long, sleek body, a head resembling that of a horse, and a slender tail. The sightings spark a sea monster fever, with daily papers giving the serpent front-page coverage and cartoonists in North America and Europe crafting their own “artists’ depictions” of the beast. Although sightings have since declined in number since the mid 1900s, the legend remains – and the Cadborosaurus remains one of Victoria’s greatest tales. The next time you’re visiting Cadboro Bay, keep your eyes open – you might see something out of the ordinary. Cadboro Bay is a popular shopping and residential area in Saanich that is great for families. Its close proximity to the University of Victoria and Camosun College make it a convenient place to live for families with university-age children, while nature lovers will adore the Haro Woods urban forest. To learn more about luxury homes in Cadboro Bay, or to find your next Saanich home, please call or email us today.