You may have noticed the directional signs for Sidney as you drove off the BC Ferry. But have you ever turned off the highway - or made a special trip - to see what Sidney's all about? Here's your chance!

Beautiful Sidney, B.C., marries urban friendliness with a glorious seaside location. Only thirty minutes north of downtown Victoria, or five minutes from the BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal, don't miss the opportunity explore all that Sidney has to offer. Take a quick look!

Its idyllic setting on the Salish Sea, sheltered waters, myriad islands and varied landscape all contribute to Sidney's role as hub for outdoor adventure. Opportunities abound including divingfishinghikingbikingocean kayaking and whale watching. Sidney is also a fantastic starting place for exploring the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.


If you're interested in exploring marine life, but don't want to get wet, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is worth a visit. Snugly located in the Sidney Pier Hotel, this award-winning aquarium showcases the amazing ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Tanks and exhibits provoke a sense of wonder at the undersea world and allow visitors to get up close and personal with wolf eels, jellyfish, rockfish, a giant Pacific octopus, and hundreds of other creatures, without risking a splash.



Sidney also wows with its active core. Browse unique boutiques, galleries and bookshops in Canada's only "Booktown." Park the car and stroll along Sidney's main street, Beacon Avenue, home to stunning three dimensional murals, life-like bronzed statues and the summer Street Market. Then head to the Sidney Pier and dine at the ocean's edge at one of Sidney's fabulous seaside eateries.

Sidney is worth a special trip. So the next time you approach the Sidney turnoff, don't forget to signal and explore this gorgeous seaside town.