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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Sidney

Sidney
Sidney is located on the north-east side of the Saanich Peninsula 27 km (17 miles) north of Victoria at Beacon Avenue on Hwy 17.

Panoramic Ocean View
Sidney is completely surrounded by the municipality of North Saanich on three sides - the north, west and south. Towards the east, Sidney has a beautiful panoramic ocean view of Haro Strait from Sidney Spit Marine Park up to Coal Island in the north plus other Gulf Islands in the distance.

Beacon Avenue
The main street running in an east to west direction going into Sidney off Hwy 17 is Beacon Avenue. Here you can find all the major conveniences, services, transportation links and accommodation within walking distance including the Mary Winspear Centre featuring the Charlie White Theatre. Some businesses include a Thrifty Foods, Safeway grocery store, BC Liquor Store, a number of coffee shops including a Starbucks and a Serious Coffee, restaurants, Airport Travelodge, the Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites and The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa.

Sidney Museum
The Sidney Museum is also located on Beacon at the corner of 4th Street building next to Serious Coffee. The museum situated in the old post office is operated by the Society of Saanich Peninsula Museums. The very interesting highlights are on artifacts and photographs pertaining mostly to the early pioneers who settled and developed North Saanich and Sidney.

Sidney Summer Market
Definitely the place to be if you want to have fun in Sidney from beginning of June to the end of August also occurs on Beacon Avenue with the Sidney Summer Market. The city closes Beacon Avenue every Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. making it very pleasurable during the summer evening to browse for collectables and unique items. For more general information on the Sidney Summer Market, telephone (250) 655-6417.

Sidney Spit Marine Park
The Sidney Spit Marine Park is located directly across the pier towards the east from Sidney. To get here, take the passenger-only ferry operated by Alpine Group that runs back and forth to the island from mid May to the end of September leaving from the foot of Beacon Avenue at the Sidney Pier on a regular schedule aboard the MV Alpine III.

Ferries Schedule
If you're just staying the day, make sure you bring a watch so you can check the time to return. The crew of the ferry of the MV Alpine III are very helpful as they blow the whistle upon arrival at the dock for picking up passengers returning to Sidney.

Oceanfront Campground on Sidney Island
If you prefer to stay overnight there is camping available situated nearby at a beautiful beach location on Sidney Island. This oceanfront campground is very convenient as it is only a short walking distance from the ferry landing of the MV Alpine III.

Local Favourites
There are quite a few local favourites in Sidney for eating or having a beverage. One local favourite is the 3rd Street Cafe at 2466 Beacon Avenue which specializes in breakfast. As for a cold beverage Sidney is home to the Charles Dickens Pub, which is in the Travelodge on Beacon Avenue. For a seaside view, go to The Rumrunner Pub situated at the foot of Beacon near the Fish Market and Port Sidney Marina.

Tulista Park
Sidney has a number of parks and walkways for you to explore. A favourite is Tulista Park located on the south side of Sidney on 5th Street at Lochside Drive near the Washington State Ferries Anacortes Ferry Terminal. At Tulista Park you can find a large parking lot, boat ramp, washrooms, a large grass play area, picnic tables and an oceanfront walkway.

Marinas
For boaters coming to Sidney, besides Port Sidney Marina, moorage right at the foot of Beacon Avenue walking distance to downtown, there are also a number of other marinas in the near vicinity. To the east, situated on Harbour Road at Tsehum Harbour, there is Van Isle Marina. Then, in nearby North Saanich, there are a number of marinas situated near the BC Ferries Terminal at Swartz Bay.

Bevan Fishing Pier
If you make it to the foot of Beacon Avenue to the Fish Market and would like to take a walk, there is a beautiful pathway that follows the waterfront and leads to the fishing pier on Bevan Street. The pier supports a number of recreational opportunities including nature viewing, fishing, skin-diving and SCUBA diving. For underwater photography, the ocean eco-system is being rejuvenated with sea life aided by the use of artificial Reef Balls.

British Columbia Aviation Museum
Other places for you to explore and discover in Sidney include the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre plus the Mineral World and Scratch Pad. For aviation fanatics there is also Victoria International Airport and the British Columbia Aviation Museum in North Saanich.

Fresh Baked Goods
If you happen to visit the museum or airport, make sure to visit either Mary's Bleue Moon Café which is across Canora Road from the British Columbia Aviation Museum. Also nearby is the Roost Farm Bakery, situated at the corner of McTavish and East Saanich Roads, which serves up fresh baked goods and a very good farmer's breakfast.

Accommodation
There are a number of accommodations and places to stay in Sidney and nearby North Saanich including the hotels and resorts along Beacon Avenue plus Bed and Breakfast facilities. Also, past Van Isle Marina at the end of Harbour Road, there is the historic Latch Inn and Restaurant.

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Beacon Avenue
Beacon Avenue

 

Fish Market
Fish Market

 

Sidney Waterfront near Tulista Park
Sidney Waterfront near Tulista Park

 

Sidney Spit Marine Park
Sidney Spit Marine Park

 

Sidney Spit Marine Park
Sidney Spit Marine Park

 

Eastview Park
Eastview Park

 

Tulista Park
Tulista Park

 

Tsehum Harbour
Tsehum Harbour

 

Bevan Fishing Pier
Bevan Fishing Pier

 

Van Isle Marina
Van Isle Marina

 

 

 
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