Posted by: cherylyoung | October 21, 2013

Sidney By The Sea is a true paradise on Vancouver Island


With 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, 3 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.

 

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 1852.

James Douglas purchased much of the land in North

Saanich in 1858, 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 30th September 1952.

 

Sidney takes its name from nearby Sidney Channel

and Sidney Island, originally known as Sallas Island.

Captain Richards of the survey ship Plumper renamed i

t Sidney Island in 1859, after Fredrick William Sidney

(later captain), also a member of the Royal Navy.

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.

Population: 11,849

 

Location: Sidney is located on the Saanich Peninsula

at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just east of

the Pat Bay Highway 17, five minutes south of the

Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and just 16 miles (26 km)

north of Victoria.

View maps of the area: Map of Sidney Map of Greater Victoria Map of South Vancouver Island

Sidney is known as Canada’s first Booktown – ten

unique bookstores all within easy walking distance

of each other, feature a browser’s bounty of new,

easy walking distance of each other, feature a

browser’s bounty of new, second-hand, antiquarian

and specialty books.

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre  Aquarium and

marine centre located on Vancouver

Island in Sidney.

The 10,000 square-foot marine centre was created to

provide local residents and visitors to the area an

opportunity to learn more about marine life and get

up close and personal with state-of-the-art aquatic

exhibits.

The centre features several fantastic exhibits

including the Gallery of the Drifters where visitors

will learn about jelly fish, algae and plankton and have

the opportunity to view them up-close with a video

microscope.

The Gallery of the Salish Sea is a complete marine

aquarium that recreates the ocean and provides an

underwater view complete with hundreds of types

of fish, invertebrates and plant life.

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre provides touch

pools where visitors can interact live with sea stars and

urchins.

The Ocean’s Heartbeat is a complete wet lab and

classroom that is used to further educate visitors and

school groups about aquaitic life and the many

ecosystems that support our Earth.

Explore the B.C. Aviation Museum – packed with vintage

airplanes and equipment, including a reconstructed radio

control room.

Discover original and replica planes dating back to 1910.

Barnstorming bi-plane rides may be arranged.

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 residents.

Just south of Sidney on the Pat Bay Highway is the

Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, a 29-acre park

and large heritage museum, with many outdoor

displays, picnic tables, nature trails and a pond.

 

A beautiful destination with lots to see and do.

Stroll among hundreds of dazzling buttterflies in an

indoor tropical garden.

Butterfly Gardens, features 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.

Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Sidney Days on the

Canada Day weekend with activities and entertainment

for the whole family.

Come join us for the Sidney Summer Market every

Thursday evening from June to September, when

Beacon Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic between

5pm and 9pm.

Shopkeepers, businesses and pedestrians fill Beacon

Avenue, creating a

carnival atmosphere!

Experience the thrill of a guided whale watching tour.

The waters off Sidney are home to three Southern

resident pods of orca whales, Dahl porpoises, sea lions

and seals.

From Port Sidney Marina you will view the islands

from high speed boats that track the whale pods

and wildlife to ensure a memorable trip every time.

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.

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.

Diving: Sidney has a reputation as one of the most

sought after dive sites on Lower Vancouver Island.

Divers can explore the wrecks of the G.B. Church

and the HMCS Mackenzie, two sunken diving reefs

providing opportunity for some great underwater

exploration.

Graham’s Wall, Tozier Rock, The White Lady, Burial

Islet, Octopus Point, and other hot spots off the

peninsula’s coast are all accessible from Sidney,

either as day charters or liveaboards.

Kayakers will find the sheltered waters, secluded

coves, islands, and nearby marine parks ideal for

exploring.

Take a guided multi-day expedition to

D’Arcy Island Marine Park, Reay Island, Rum Island

or Princess Margaret Marine Park on Portland Island.

Sidney is popular with the Northwest boating fraternity,

with boaters from California, Oregon, Washington

and Vancouver choosing Port Sidney as the best

destination marina on the west coast!

Take the little ferry to Sidney Spit Marine Park and spend the day beachcombing –

no stores or restaurants here, so pack a picnic lunch!

 Norma J

CHERYL C YOUNG,

Norma Jeans Closet

SIDNEY BC.

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