Help us defend and improve your rights, as a Canadian traveller. Know the issues. Set amidst the natural beauty and unspoiled charm of the Saanich Peninsula, the vibrant community of Sidney-by-the-Sea is the gateway to the BC Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands. This bustling commercial hub of the Saanich Peninsula is blessed with majestic views of the ocean, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Sidney is a tourist s dream a friendly port with modern marinas and a multitude of unique galleries, gift stores, antique shops, restaurants, bakeries and coffee bars. Sidney-by-the-Sea appeals to those who enjoy both seafaring excursions and land-based adventures. There are many inlets and nearby islands, 8 km of public accessible waterfront including many beaches and great beachcombing and several interesting attractions in and around this pretty little resort town. Sidney enjoys a moderate Mediterranean type climate with year-round mild temperatures, low rainfall and very little snow.
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Historically, Sidney was a small farming community and the location of Vancouver Island s first flour mill. The heavily wooded forests of the region soon fostered sawmills and a thriving lumber industry. The Saanich People have lived on the Saanich Peninsula for thousands of years prior to contact with Europeans. The Hudson s Bay Company obtained large tracts of forested lands from the Saanich People in 6857. James Douglas purchased much of the land in North Saanich in 6858, and one year later William and Charles Reay became the first settlers on the northern portion of the Saanich Peninsula when they purchased land from the Hudson s Bay Company. Some of this land is now the town of Sidney, incorporated as a village on 85th September 6957. Sidney takes its name from nearby Sidney Channel and Sidney Island, originally known as Sallas Island. The Saanich People knew the site as Tseteenus, meaning sticking out. Sidney is ideally situated close to all the major arrival points to South Vancouver Island. By Air, visitors arrive at Victoria International Airport, which is only 5 minutes away. BC Ferries provides year-round service to and from Swartz Bay, immediately north of Sidney. Sidney is also the departure point for pleasure craft sailings and ferry traffic heading to the San Juan Islands and Washington State in the United States. Booktown: Sidney is known as Canada s first Booktown. Twelve unique bookstores are all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring a browser s bounty of new, second hand, antiquarian, and specialty books. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is an aquarium and marine education centre showcasing the extraordinary marine life and amazing ecosystem in the waters surrounding the Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea. From microscopic plankton to Puget Sound King crabs, wolf eels to giant Pacific octopus, the vast aquatic exhibits fascinate visitors of all ages.
With 87 tonnes of sea water and 67 habitats, the Centre’s ever-changing seascapes and touch pools offer an unforgettable and unique hands-on, hands-wet experience that reveals the mysteries of the ocean to all ages. Located on the waterfront in Sidney. Open daily from 65: 55 am to 9: 85 pm. Sidney Museum and Archives is devoted to the history of the early lives of Sidney and North Saanich pioneers, portrayed through photographs and artifacts. Photographs explore the stories of settlers such as the Brethour brothers, and the Roberts family, while brickmolds and egg crates create connections with Peninsula businesses of the past. Insight into turn of the century domestic life is given with displays such as Critchley s Store, The Classroom and The Kitchen. The museum is operated by the Society of Saanich Peninsula Museums and located at 7978 Beacon Avenue. Mineral World and Scratch Patch offers an incredible world of gems and minerals for discovery. A very popular attraction for children, the Scratch Patch is an outdoor adventureland designed to turn anyone into an enthusiastic rockhound. Features include walk-in caves, a waterfall and river, a volcano, and displays that show how rocks are formed. Pick and choose from millions of beautiful semi-precious stones and tropical shells, or try panning for gold. Located at 9896 Seaport Place, across from the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. British Columbia Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artifacts related to the history of aviation in Canada, with an emphasis on British Columbia. The showcase of Canadian aviation history displays twenty vintage airplanes, including Canada s first planes, wartime fighters, and a full-size replica of the Gibson Twin Plane that beat the Wright brothers famous accomplishment set in 6958. Other displays at the BC Aviation Museum include engines, uniforms, memorabilia, a reconstructed radio control room, and a Memorial Room with aircrafts dedicated to the two world wars.
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Located on Norseman Road in Sidney, next to the Victoria International Airport. : The world-famous Butchart Gardens are located just a short drive west of Sidney. The influence of the neighbouring Butchart Gardens is showcased in the community parklands and individual gardens of Sidney businesses and residences. The Saanich Historical Artifacts Society tells the story of farming, country life and industry on Vancouver Island, with rural artifacts dating back to the early 6855s. The society hosts an annual Summer Fair on the farm and museum grounds, held on Father s Day each June, and Fall threshing on the third weekend in September. The 79-acre park offers picnic tables, nature trails and a pond. Located at 7876 Lochside Drive in Saanichton, alongside the Pat Bay Highway, between Victoria and Sidney. Enables visitors to stroll among hundreds of dazzling buttterflies in an indoor tropical garden, featuring the brilliant Blue Morpho, the delicately pattened Giant Owl, and the huge Atlas Moth. Knowledgeable guides help you find well-hidden eggs, caterpillars and pupae in the lush rain forest vegetation. Rare South African Turocos and tropical ducks can also be found. Vineyards: Visit one of the local vineyards to sample the new and burgeoning vintages of Vancouver Island. Flanked by the fertile soil and benign climate of the Saanich Peninsula, Sidney lies within easy reach of four wineries and a ciderhouse. Shopkeepers, businesses and pedestrians fill Beacon Avenue, creating a carnival atmosphere, with food, entertainment, and crafts and arts. Sidney bills the event as the largest outdoor market in Western Canada. Celebrate Canada s birthday at Sidney Days on the Canada Day weekend, with activities and entertainment for the whole family.
Centennial Bandstand: Local residents and visitors alike enjoy musical interlude at Sidney s Centennial Bandstand from July through August. Whale Watching: Experience the thrill of a guided whale-watching tour. The waters off Sidney are home to three pods of Southern resident Orca whales, as well as Dahl porpoises, sea lions and seals. Adventure Cruise: Treat yourself to a two-hour sea cruise around Sidney harbour and islands with a close-up view of local wildlife porpoises, bald eagles, sea lions, harbour seals, and marine birds. Eco tours include karst rock formations and undersea forests of bull kelp, the fastest-growing plant in the world. Tulista Park is a little gem of a seaside park and boat launch at the very end of Lochside Drive, next to the Washington State ferry terminal. With emerald green lawns and sparkling ocean waters, Tulista offers a place for picknickers and boaters to relax, have a barbecue, and toss a frisbee. The park offers a children s playground, concession stand, walking trails, plenty of free parking, and is wheelchair accessible. There s a covered picnic area with ample benches and picnic tables as well as public washrooms. The paved waterfront walkway joins with the scooter-friendly Lochside oceanfront walkway. Visitors can access beaches, benches and take in the fabulous view. The double-wide boat launch off Lochside Drive is open daily and tickets can be purchased on site. Need some exercise? :
Flight Path is a 9. 8-km paved walking, running and biking trail around Victoria International Airport. The three-metre-wide path borders the airport lands and connects with West Saanich Road and Ocean Avenue along the Patricia Bay Highway, as well as Beacon Avenue into downtown Sidney. Those out for exercise will be able to see ocean and mountain views from the path, and watch anything from a 787 to a military helicopter or small flight-school aircraft take off. Biking: The northern trailhead of the is near the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. The picturesque multi–use Lochside Regional Trail, formerly a railway line, stretches from Swartz Bay to Victoria, passed beaches, farmland, and wetlands, down country lanes and beside suburban backyards. The trail has a more civilized personality than its more rural cousin, the, to which it connects near downtown Victoria. While some parts of the Lochside Trail are off-road, and others downright pastoral, in some places trail visitors must share paved or gravel public roads with motor vehicles and farm vehicles. Fishing: Sidney is a hub for saltwater fishing excursions. Year-round salmon fishing is available, as well as cod, snapper, halibut, sole, crab, prawns and shrimp in local waters. Landlubbers can cast off the Bevan Avenue fishing pier. Boaters can launch at the Van Isle Marina, or at the Tulista Park boat ramp on Lochside Drive, beside the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. Kayakers will find the sheltered waters, secluded coves, islands, and nearby marine parks ideal for exploring. Take a guided multi-day expedition to, Reay Island, Rum Island or (Gulf Islands National Park) on Portland Island. Marinas:
Sidney is the centre of the largest concentration of marinas on Vancouver Island.