“Newly wed” or “nearly dead,” is the phrase that locals joke about when describing Sidney. I want to dispel this myth and showcase how phenomenal Sidney by the Sea is and what it has to offer. “On the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula lies a small, seaside sanctuary fondly known as Sidney-by-the-Sea. In contrast to the nearly 90,000 people living in Victoria, Sidney’s population reaches about 12,000, (source).” This town may be small compared to Victoria but hosts some of the best shopping, fishing, eats, community events and outdoor activities on the island. “Its idyllic setting on the Salish Sea, sheltered waters, myriad islands and varied landscape all contribute to Sidney's role as hub for outdoor adventure, (source).”
Culture: Sidney is a bustling hub for cultural and art related events. The ever-popular Mary Winspear Centre has a busy calendar year round with a large range of performances to keep you entertained. There is also fantastic local art throughout the Sidney community. “Sidney’s main street, Beacon Avenue, boasts three-dimensional murals and a sculpture walk. There are a number of annual art-related events and Sidney has many studios and galleries open to visitors, (source).” One of the most popular events during the summer is a series of concerts at Beacon Park. Jazz, rock, classic and folk music roll over the water every Sunday, lighting up the serene waterfront.
Fishing: Sidney is nestled right on the water, making it the perfect spot for fishing enthusiasts. You can partake in chartered fishing tours or even fish right off the dock downtown to catch your dinner. “Lingcod, Salmon and Halibut are on the list for prized fishing possessions and make for a great meal. If fishing isn’t your thing at all, you can always pop by the fish market near the pier and pick up the catch of the day, (source).”
Outdoor Activities: Looking to kayak, hike, garden or golf? Sidney has got you covered. “Sharing the same temperate climate as Victoria means the numerous gardens and golf courses the two areas share are constantly open and in blossom, Visit any of the golf courses for a round nearly any time of the year, (source).” The nearby Sidney Spit is also a local favourite as you can easily turn a daily kayak or hike into an overnight stay. With ferries running throughout the day you can pack up your tent and enjoy a peaceful evening looking up at the stars. The Lochside trail is also nearby which is the perfect spot to enjoy a scenic jog or bike ride.
Sidney is growing every year and truly has something to offer for everyone. With a variety of different housing styles whether it be a condo, or home Sidney has an assortment to offer to different budgets and lifestyles. I would love to show you around Sidney and showcase the beautiful area that embodies island living. Contact me to look at any properties that interest you or to see what's available!