Outdoor Pursuits in Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula by Landon Copplestone

Vancouver Island based photographer Landon Copplestone captured the beauty of fall in Sidney and the Peninsula. From golden mornings to rainy afternoons, Landon unveils some hidden gems all outdoor lovers are sure to appreciate. 
We began riding our bikes from Sidney’s water front at about 6:50am on a crispy autumn morning. The goal was to make it for sunrise at the farmland near Island View Beach. Setting off with vigor in our hearts and the ocean breeze in our faces, we were hopeful to catch mother natures morning lightshow. When we arrived at 7:20 am, we were greeted with the unexpected: peach tinted fog rising from the grassy hills, creating a dreamy, ethereal look, beyond what words could describe.

Sidney has no shortage of beaches, one in particular: Shoal Harbour, a bird sanctuary, is home to thousands of migratory birds. This makes this place a noteworthy area for bird watchers, and an important place for conservation.

There’s always something to do in Sidney, even in the rain. This fella took a bus ride from downtown Victoria to get knee deep into the Salish Sea to go fishing. If this isn’t the epitome of “west coast living”, then I don’t know what is.

Where is your favourite place to do yoga? When the Peninsula is sunny, it harbours vistas that can add that extra scenic element to your daily yoga routine. The combination of parks and ocean views, provide the perfect place to get your pranayama (controlled breathing) on. The image below is taken at “The Lost Airmen of the Empire” Monument at Patricia Bay’s “Hospital Hill”

Whether you’re out to walk your dog, trail run, hike, or just breathe in some fresh air, Horth Hill is the place to do it. Located just minutes from Swartz Bay ferry off of Tatlow road. Take a step into the temperate rainforest and instantly feel rejuvenated by the smells of fresh pine and the songs from birds flying amongst the forest canopy. Ascend the Lookout loop trail towards the main viewpoint that overlooks the town of Sidney. This place is especially beautiful at sunset, just don’t forget your headlamp for the way down.

The World Rowing Coastal Championships were held in Sidney this year. People flocked to the shoreline to spectate over 500 competitors from 24 different countries compete in a thrilling route off of Lochside drive. Here is a photo of some of the competitors warming up on training day. There was an intensity in the air, while they awaited the three day competition.

The temperate west coast climate allows beginners and pros alike to skate year round. Complete with ramps, rails and a large bowl, Sidney’s new skatepark is the perfect place to grow your skills.

About Landon

Visual story telling through photography. A good story is something that resonates with people long after their exposure to it. As a photographer, my main goal is to create art that tugs at the trench coats of curiosity, and in turn gives the audience something that they can take away from it. I have travelled around the world capturing landscape and lifestyle photographs, and through these ever changing scopes, I have trained my eye to become more diverse. Furthermore, I have always made sure that my morals have aligned with my work (ecologically and ethically).

To check out more of Landon’s work visit his website at www.landoncopplestone.com or follow him on Instagram at @landon.copplestone