Sidney enjoys a thriving arts and culture community that celebrates local artists and local crafts. From the seaside sculpture walk to the beautiful totems that welcome visitors at the Mary Winspear Centre, to the lovely art in our galleries and local cafés, there is truly something for everyone.
Whether you enjoy kayaking, whale watching, bike riding, fishing, crabbing, boating or simply walking at the water’s edge, Sidney has it all. With our mild and generally dry weather, Sidney is an ideal destination throughout the year. During the summer, Sidney also has a skateboard park, an outdoor volleyball court, and a terrific water park for kids, right alongside basketball and tennis courts. You can also hop a ferry to Sidney Spit, one of the most beautiful places on the southern end of Vancouver Island. It is literally minutes from downtown Sidney and offers a unique opportunity for bird watching, picnicking and hiking.
Sidney offers other adventures too. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea offers year-round unforgettable opportunities to enjoy the wonders of the Salish Sea. The Centre offers plenty of up-close-and-personal ways to view and interact with sea critters. Similarly, the Sidney Museum brings local history to life with interactive displays and a close-up look at Sidney’s unique past, including a display that depicts the trains that once served the Peninsula. The BC Aviation Museum is another local attraction that delights visitors year ‘round.
And every Sunday during the summer, in the acoustically perfect bandstand at water’s edge, Sidney offers free outdoor concerts. Jazz, blues, pop, country and rock: every week the Town celebrates the magic of its Summer Sounds series. What could be better than enjoying great music under clear blue skies, with a view of Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands in the background, ice cream in hand! Summer perfection! While down at the waterfront is sure to visit the newly opened distillery! Victoria Distillers offers tours and tastings as well as a cozy lounge which overlooks Mount Baker and the Salish Sea.
And let’s not forget about the shopping! Sidney’s excellent shops offer quality goods always with a smile: from the latest in fashions and books to delightful baked goods and flowers; from gift shops to pet shops to supermarkets, liquor stores and all that’s in between! Sidney brings new meaning to “shop local.” Every effort is made to highlight local and Canadian-made goods with just enough from around the world to add a bit of extra sparkle.
Our Thursday night Summer Street Market is the largest in Western Canada and offers a wide array of locally produced goods. Farmers from the surrounding area sell an endless array of delightful fruits, vegetables and food items.
Sidney is minutes away from world-renowned Butchart Gardens and the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, two spectacular gardens, each with its own unique character. Wineries and cideries including Deep Cove Winery and Sea Cider are also only a short distance away.
The Victoria International Airport, BC Ferries, and the Washington State Ferry Service makes travel to and from Sidney easy and part of the holiday experience. While being in Sidney is great, getting there is fun and accessible too!
Sidney offers a unique harmony that renews the spirit, awakens the soul, and enables you to enjoy the moment—whether you are travelling alone, with friends or family.
The strong sense of community pulls people back to Sidney year after year and it’s the pride and love for the Town that keeps people here. With something for everyone, Sidney is the ideal vacation destination. Come see for yourself. Island life doesn’t get any better than this!