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The Town of Sidney, or Sidney by the Sea, is a gateway to some of the best boating waters in the world. Residents range from retirees to young families. There are recreational facilities available to suit all. Stroll along the waterfront to the Centennial Bandstand and enjoy a musical interlude or a sailboat regatta, or ride the “Little Ferry” to Sidney Spit Marine Park.
Other activities in Sidney include boating, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, golfing, biking, tennis, boat charters, and amenities include hotels/motels/bed and breakfast, moorage and shopping. Sidney has over 100 shops, boutiques and art galleries. It offers a wide selection of friendly restaurants, outdoor cafes and pubs where you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh seafood.
The Town of Sidney is located on the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, approximately 20 kilometers north of Victoria, the Capital City of British Columbia. It can be reached by air or sea from the mainland and lies just minutes away from the Victoria International Airport and the BC Ferries.
Sidney lies within School District #63 and offers the following schools:
Sidney Elementary School | North Saanich Middle School | Parkland Secondary School
There are several recreational activities available to suit all in Sidney, including boating, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, golfing, biking and tennis. Panorama Recreation center and the SHOAL Center (Sidney Seniors Activity Center) offer various recreation classes, social games & crafts, general interest programs and wellness workshops. The town of Sidney also boasts an outdoor community wellness park next to the library on Resthaven Drive.
Boat Charters & fishing | Sidney Days & Canada Days celebrations | Outdoor music concerts at the bandstand from (July-Sept) | Sidney Summer Market every Thursday evening (June-Aug) | Tulista Park playground & boat launch | Sidney Museum and Archives | British Columbia Aviation Museum | Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade and Lighted Sailpast | Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, and Mineral World | Sidney Fine Art Show and ArtSea Festival | Multitude of parks and walking trails | Sidney's waterfront walkway | Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Sidney has a diverse economy including tourism & related businesses, commercial fishing and marine related businesses, with many people working in the construction, manufacturing, warehousing and retail oriented fields.