The Pacific Geosciences Centre reports that the tremor, which occurred at 3:20 p.m. PT, had a magnitude of 3.0 and was centred about 20 kilometres west of Victoria.
The quake occurred about 25 kilometres underground, a centre spokesman said, and was felt on both coasts of the southern island, from Sooke to Sidney, and as far north as Cowichan Lake.
No injuries or damage have been reported.
Linda Campbell, who lives in Central Saanich, said she was talking on the phone when she felt the quake.
“All of a sudden, my table started to move and my chair moved and my clock moved and my windows shook. My plants went flying off the coffee table, off my teawagon, and my little puppies, they took off underneath the bed,” Campbell said.