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Beyond the Border – Visit Sidney, B.C.

As you venture around the islands, you will often see Canada looming in the distance.

The end of March brings the return of the ferry from Friday Harbor to Sidney, British Columbia which can be interpreted to mean a great opportunity for a fun getaway!

Sidney is located on the shore of the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the Saanich Peninsula amidst the Gulf Islands with Mount Baker standing in the distance.  Sidney is a fun place to visit with a high quality of life and a welcoming atmosphere. 

The pedestrian-friendly downtown with enchanting street statues and murals offers a vibrant boutique shopping district, museums, galleries, and businesses providing unique products and personalized service.  With an abundance of new and used bookstores, one can enjoy many hours of browsing.  Additionally, there is a diverse assortment of fabulous restaurants offering excellent meals, catering to all tastes.

There is a great walkway that offers a flat, barrier-free surface to stroll along the waterfront with benches, picnic tables, gorgeous gardens, and mesmerizing views of Sidney Island, Mount Baker, and more.  The walkway passes Port Sidney Marina, Beacon Park and Beacon Wharf at the end of Beacon Avenue.  Continue past Diver’s Point, the Bevan Fishing Pier, and Eastview Park.  If you are up for a longer walk, continue past the ferry terminal. 

For those who opt to drive on the ferry rather than walk on, there are more options.  Victoria is a mere twenty minute drive from Sidney.  Go exploring!  There are some pretty great things on the outskirts of Sidney proper.  You might want to treat yourself to a meal at Deep Cove Chalet – you won’t regret it!

For those with private boats, you might consider venturing to Poet’s Cove on Pender Island.  It is the quintessential retreat with moorage and access to restaurants and amenities.  For a two night stay, moorage is complimentary.