A Small Jewel on Vancouver Island
Join SSCA members Brad and Wendy as they enjoy the events that took place on the 30th June/1st July for
The town of Sidney is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. With a population of around 13,000, it is a lively and friendly community. It has a diverse economy including tourism and related businesses, commercial fishing, small boat building and other marine related business and specialized manufacturing. Because of its mild climate, proximity Victoria and to ferry terminals and the airport, it has become a popular retirement community.
Sidney has an enviable variety of unique shops, galleries and boutiques. Visitors comments that It is good to get away from chain stores and malls and to shop along a real high street!
On Thursday summer evenings, Beacon Avenue becomes an enticing open-air market.Excellent fare at reasonably priced restaurants and cafes include international flavours as well as fresh, locally sourced food. Several in-town hotels and bed-and-breakfasts offer fine quality accommodation.
The Town comes by its nickname Sidney-by-the-Sea honestly! Marinas cater to local and visiting sailors who are able to cruise the Gulf Islands and the sheltered waters year round.
The southern resident Orcas in the Salish Sea often put on a display for local whale watchers…and you may see other sea mammals like seals and sea lions. Two bird sanctuaries in Sidney waters offer ample opportunity to add to your bird count— especially waterfowl.
A welcome addition to the Town has been the Shaw Centre For The Salish Sea. All the beautiful creatures on display are residents of the adjacent waters. They thrill the visitors, especially young people, who have no idea they are actually our neighbours offshore! And kids of all ages search for sea glass (“mermaids’ tears”) on Glass Beach, and explore the beach along Lochside trail. Companies in town offer whale watching cruises, eco-cruises, kayak rentals or yacht chartering; all great ways to explore the wonders of the Salish Sea.
Sidney has a well-earned reputation as a Book Town, and it also boasts a remarkable number of talented painters, sculptors and photographers, whose works are continually displayed in many venues including fine quality galleries. Every October the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula organizes The Fine Arts Show, which attracts participation from across North America.
And there’s music and dance, stage shows and concerts, taking place regularly in the Mary Winspear Community Cultural Centre and its Charlie White Theatre! In the summer there are very popular weekly concerts at Sidney’s waterside bandstand.