Active Living in Sidney

June 1st is National Health and Fitness Day and luckily staying active on the Peninsula is not a challenge! From paddleboarding along the coast of the beautiful Salish Sea to completing indoor obstacle courses, here’s some fitness inspiration to keep you on the move this weekend!

Hit the trails
Make the most of our west coast outdoor playground and hike Horth Hill Regional Park or John Dean Provincial Park! Or, soak up the sun along scenic Lochside Trail – you’ll get a great workout and some Instagram-worthy ocean views.
If a casual stroll is more for you, check out a self-guided sculpture and art walking tour. This tour begins at the Mary Winspear and continues along the waterfront walkway towards Tulista Park and ArtSea Gallery. Pick up your art tour map at the Sidney Information Centre to help guide you along the way.

Ride it out
One of the perks of living out on the Peninsula is how connected or disconnected you can be with Victoria. Mix things up and ride your bike down to Victoria and back! Not only will you get a killer workout, but the route follows the galloping goose trail giving you a safe route.
If you don’t trust your bike to survive the journey to Victoria, give Here by Cycle a call. They’ll drop off the bikes and pick them up when you’re done, you have no excuse not to give it a try!

Try a fitness class, for FREE
Sometimes it can be daunting to sign up for a fitness class, especially if it’s a class you’ve never tried before. Give one a try risk-free on Saturday, June 1st, as Panorama Recreation is offering FREE admission to ALL drop-in programs! That includes the pool, skating rink, weight room and Greenglade programs! All in celebration of Access Awareness Day.

Get out on the water
While the Peninsula doesn’t quite have the surfing waves of Tofino, we have serene bays perfect to explore on a paddleboard or kayak. Go on an adventure with Pacifica Paddlesports or Blue Dog Kayaking, both offer kayak, canoe, and stand up paddleboard rentals, as well as lessons and guided tours.

Go for a climb
Climb to new heights at Boulders Climbing gym! Bouldering is challenging but builds perseverance and strength – it’s the perfect activity to try if you want to step out of your comfort zone.

 Check out these speciality gyms
Release your inner ninja and head to the Pacific Ninja Gym and try out their adult obstacle course gym! This new training centre offers adult fitness classes, youth fitness classes, birthday parties, drop-ins, and more. Or, try the V-Classic full-body workout at Vibeology Fitness and Wellness Studio or consider a cardio session at Curves!

Bump, Set, Spike
New as of last year, Sidney has a fully equipped beach volleyball court at Tulista Park. Grab your friends, a ball and sunscreen and get competitive!

Get Stretchy
After all of your adventures, relax with a calming yoga session. From peaceful Mindfulness Yoga to warm Hatha Yoga, and even Goat Yoga – there’s a style to suit just about anyone’s needs and interests.
And just in time for summer, Sidney Hot Yoga is having a huge sale to help you stay on top of your fitness even during the busy summer months!

What’s your go-to way to stay active on the Peninsula? 

Photo credit: Landon Copplestone Photography