Sidney offers the perfect get-away for a day, a week or longer. Enjoy culinary offerings, unique accommodations, outdoor recreation, and a diverse shopping district with more than 300 shops and services.
As the gateway to Vancouver Island, Sidney is located only five minutes from the Victoria International Airport and the Washington State and BC Ferry terminals.
Sidney enjoys a thriving arts and cultural community that celebrates local artists and crafts. From the seaside sculpture walk and the Sidney Street Market (Thursday evenings, May to August) to the beautiful totems that welcome visitors at the Mary Winspear Centre, to the art in our galleries, community art centre and local cafés, there is truly something for everyone.
Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula Oct. 16 to 18, the annual Sidney Fine Art Show is a highly anticipated, world-class juried art show for serious artists, patrons, and appreciators of the arts.
Outdoor adventure is their specialty – just about year round. Whether you enjoy kayaking, whale watching, bike riding, fishing, crabbing, boating or simply walking at the water’s edge, Sidney has it all.
The seaside town offers other adventures too. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, provides unforgettable opportunities to enjoy the wonders of the Salish Sea.
The Sidney Museum brings local history to life with interactive displays. Sidney’s unique shops offer quality goods and service with a smile: from the latest in fashions and books to delightful baked goods and flowers; from gift shops to pet stores to super markets, liquor stores and all that’s in between.
Star Cinema is big attraction in Sidney. Offering comfortable seats and first-run movies, you can enjoy matinee or evening performances. Sidney’s unique five-pin bowling alley also offers plenty of fun for young and old.
For Canada Day, Sidney pulls out all the stops. With a community barbecue, live music and fireworks on June 30 and a full day of fun and activities planned by the Peninsula Celebrations Society on July 1, including a parade, the Slegg Lumber Build-A-Boat competition and afternoon Family Fun Fair, with food, games and prizes, it’s a day of free, family activities for all.
Every Sunday during the summer, in the bandstand at the water’s edge, the Peninsula Celebrations Society offers free outdoor concerts. 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.
With something for everyone, Sidney is the ideal vacation destination.