Whether you are looking for a mother-daughter getaway or want to reminiscence and catch up with some old friends, Sidney is the perfect destination for the ultimate girls’ trip. To inspire you to start planning your getaway, we have compiled the perfect guide for your escape to beautiful Sidney by the Sea.
But First, Brunch
Get an early start to the day with the girls at 3rd Street Café, a cozy local spot for breakfast and lunch. Their menu is filled with your brunch favourites that will be sure to fulfill everyone’s sweet or savory cravings.
Another option is The Five and Dime Diner, where you’ll find an extensive list of all day breakfast classics that can be complemented perfectly with their tasty brunch cocktails and beverages.
If brunch plans happen to land on a Sunday, check out The Surly Mermaid Restaurant for their delicious Sunday brunch menu that is available from 10am-2pm. They are located at the entrance to the Port of Sidney Marina, with beautiful waterfront views that will have you snapping photos of every moment and dish.
For a complete listing of Sidney’s local restaurants and cafés, check out distinctlysidney.ca.
Find the Perfect Outfit
A girls’ getaway is never complete without a bit of retail therapy. So, whether you are looking for top designer brands, specialty items and gifts, or home décor, Sidney’s boutique-shopping district has got you covered!
Start off your shopping adventure at Miss Bliss Boutique. Check out their beautiful assortment of summer dresses perfect for a night out on the town or simply walking along the Sidney Pier. Next, stop by WATERLiLY Shoes and grab a stylish pair summer sandals or slides. Pair it off with trendy accessories by popping into Le Petit Lapin Boutique for their selection of Statement Grey handcrafted jewelry. Also, be sure to check out Cameron Rose for their unique collection of handbags and wallets.
If you’re in need of some more inspiration, considering stopping by House of Lily Koi! They offer a variety of wardrobe services such as personal shopping, style sessions and complete makeovers!
For a complete listing of Sidney’s local boutiques and shops, check out distinctlysidney.ca.
Get Out on The Water
Get active with the squad and go on an adventure with Pacifica Paddlesports or Blue Dog Kayaking. Both offer kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board rentals, as well as lessons and guided tours. Check out their websites for a complete listing of their prices and services!
Try Goat Yoga at Victoria Lavender Farm
Victoria Lavender Farm
Try something new with the girls and experience Goat Yoga at Victoria Lavender Farm! All summer classes are held every Saturday and Sunday, at 9:30am and 4:30pm in their beautiful outdoor paddocks. The classes run for 1 hour, with an optional 30 minutes after class for goat cuddles and adorable photos.
Goat Yoga at Victoria Lavender: facebook.com/goatyogavictoria/
Explore the Outdoors
If your group is made up of adventurous types, then you’ve come to the right place! Sidney has a great availability of outdoor activities like hiking, biking and running trails.
Try renting some bikes with Here by Cycle! This mobile service specializes in bringing bikes to you, and offer half-day, daily and weekly rentals. Or get a cardio hit by going on a hike at Horth Hill Regional Park for incredible ocean and panoramic views of the Saanich Peninsula, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.
For a more casual stroll, walk along the Sidney waterfront and go on a self-guided Sculpture and Art Walking Tour! Pick up your art tour map at the Sidney Visitor Centre on Beacon Avenue to help guide you along the way.
Here by Cycle: herebycycle.ca Sidney Visitor Centre: 2281 Beacon Avenue
Have a Picnic at Hospital Hill
Nothing quite beats getting your girlfriends together, finding a picturesque spot and having a picnic! Grab a blanket and stock up on fresh sandwiches from Bevan Bistro, along with tasty treats and drinks from Mother Nature’s Market & Deli. Afterwards, head on down to Hospital Hill, which is a convenient five- minute drive from downtown Sidney!
Soak up the Sun on the Beach
Take a 25-minute scenic ride on-board the Alpine Sidney Spit Ferry and enjoy a beautiful day trip at the Sidney Spit Marine Park! Walk along the beautiful beaches and take in the spectacular ocean views with glimpses of seals, sea lions and Orca whales! This is the perfect spot to relax and catch up with the girls while soaking up the sun.
Alpine Sidney Spit Ferry: alpinegroup.ca/businesses/sidney-spit-ferry/
Relax and Unwind
It’s important not to spend your entire trip on the go. Be sure to stop, relax, and enjoy some downtime with your girls! For a full pampered afternoon, head to Haven Spa located in the Sidney Pier Hotel or Avalon Spa located on James White Boulevard. Both offer luxury massages, body treatments, facials and the full spa treatment!
Also, pop by Salon J Hair Studios before taking pictures with the squad and take advantage of their $25.00 walk-in special! You will receive a shampoo, blow-dry and style.
Discover Your New Favourite Wine
The Farmer’s Daughter – Fromagerie & Wine Bar
When you’re on a girls’ getaway, wine must be on the agenda! Luckily, The Farmer’s Daughter – Fromagerie & Wine Bar has exquisite cut-to-order wine and cheese flights that you and the girls will be sure to love. Not to mention, their charming aesthetic will have you snapping photos of every moment!
The Farmer’s Daughter – Fromagerie & Wine Bar: thefarmersdaughter.co
Listen to Live Music
Enjoy a lovely Sunday afternoon at Beacon Park with live music provided by Sidney’s annual Summer Sounds Concert Series! Every Sunday from 2:00pm-4:00pm a new musical group takes the band shell stage for a free community show!
As an added bonus, grab some Salt Spring gelato or your favourite candy from Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop to enjoy with your musical entertainment!
Peninsula Celebrations Society: peninsulacelebrations.ca Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop: lollygobblesweets.com
Catch a Show
For the perfect night out with the girls, catch a show at the Mary Winspear! Check out their events page of full listing of their upcoming performers and events!
Mary Winspear Community Centre: marywinspear.ca/events-and-programs
Enjoy Some Oceanfront Dining
Raise a glass over a delicious meal and stunning ocean views by checking out the restaurants located along Sidney’s waterfront. All of which offer patio seating that serve as the perfect backdrop for a picture with your girlfriends! Here’s a listing of restaurants and pubs along Sidney’s waterfront:
Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant – 9881 Seaport Place
The Surly Mermaid – 9851 Seaport Place
Victoria Distillers – 9891 Seaport Place
Haro’s Restaurant & Bar – 9805 Seaport Place
The Pier Bistro – 2550 Beacon Avenue
Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge – 2537 Beacon Ave
Check Out the Thursday Night Market
The Sidney Street Market is one of the season’s highlights that you and the girls won’t want to miss! Every Thursday night from 5:30pm-8:30pm June through August, Sidney’s main street Beacon Avenue is closed off to traffic and transformed into a bustling market.
There are over 150 vendors offering everything from locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, handmade jewellery, one of a kind clothing and so much more! Make sure to bring your appetite so you can grab a bite from the delicious food trucks while taking in some live local music!
Take the Perfect Selfie
Sidney has countless spots to capture your favourite moments throughout your trip! Here is a list to inspire your next photoshoot session:
The hidden mural in the alley next to Julien Crêperie Co.
Overlooking the Salish Sea at the Bevan Fishing Pier
The grey wall outside of Victoria Distillers
Catching the sunset at Hospital Hill
The blue wall outside of the Fish Market
The hidden garden at Muffet & Louisa
A selfie with the farm animals at Fickle Fig Farm Market
Walking along the boardwalk near Port Sidney Marina