Like the more than 75 Geoparks worldwide, Saanich Inlet has an internationally significant geologic record that has been intensively researched on land and in the sea. It also has a long human history, enduring cultural traditions, vibrant communities, and environmentally respectful commercial activities.
The Saanich Inlet region offers exceptional opportunities for public education. It includes the City of Victoria, a major global tourist destination. Although small, the region is rich in venues for experiential learning about oceanography, tectonics, paleogeographic reconstructions, the most recent ice age, and modern coastal and deep-water processes. Easy access to the inlet’s geology is provided by extensive hiking trails, bike paths, road cuts, public beaches, and docking facilities, many of which are in provincial and municipal parks. Visitors will gain an increased appreciation of our natural heritage and a better grasp of the interactive feedbacks between land, air, water, organisms, and human activity. They will also gain an improved understanding of society’s attempts to mitigate, and become more resilient to, problems like climate change, environmental contamination, and geologic hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, and wildfires.
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