Few things pair better than summer and strawberries, and in July they unite for the Saanich Strawberry Festival. Part of the Saanich Summer Sunfest, a series of community celebrations, the 48-year-old festival honours the rich agricultural history of Saanich.

The festival runs during the prime hours of a midsummer’s day at Beaver Lake Regional Park. Shuttle bus service runs from Saanich Commonwealth Place to the lake’s parking areas. Admission is free, and the festival offers a full day of events for all ages, including the traditional serving of strawberries and ice cream (starting at 1 p.m.), a pie-eating contest, hand-drum rhythm workshops, and a pirate school.

Picnic areas will also be set up along the water’s edge. Browse the informational displays from Saanich Parks & Recreation, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, and other organizations, while enjoying live music all day.

– Britny Martlin