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The 5 Best Things About Sidney

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

A Quick Overview

There are many things that make Sidney special, including its convenient local amenities, quiet country and oceanside atmosphere, easy travel, convenient highway access and multiple marinas. All of these factors make Sidney an ideal place to live for those who enjoy the outdoors and want easy access to both urban and rural life.

Sidney is a small town located on the Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia, Canada. It is situated just north of Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. Sidney is a popular town for travellers due to its proximity to the Victoria International Airport and the BC Ferry terminal which provides ferry service to Vancouver and the Gulf islands.

Sidney's location on the Saanich Peninsula gives it a mild climate, making it a popular destination for retirees and those seeking a quieter lifestyle. The town is home to a number of small shops and restaurants, as well as two large grocery stores and all of your basic needs. Sidney also has several parks and green spaces, and is close to some great natural spectacles including Coles Bay, John Dean park, and Elk/Beaver Lake.

Here are 5 great things about living in the small town and neighbourhood of Sidney:


Sidney has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. There are thrift stores, small shops, and nice restaurants all within walking distance. For those who love thrifting and collecting, there are 5 different thrift stores, a few local antique shops, and one incredible used bookstore all within a 5 minute walk.


The country and oceanside atmosphere is perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Sidney is close to the highway and only a 20 minute drive away from downtown Victoria, yet it’s far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Saanich countryside in this quaint ocean side town.


Sidney is conveniently located close to the BC ferry terminal for travel to Vancouver and the Gulf islands, it’s also close to Victoria's YYJ airport for both domestic and international travel. This makes it the perfect retirement community for those who love to travel, or for anyone who is intent on living in Victoria or abroad for part of the year.


Sidney enjoys lots of fun local activities including plenty of local wineries, beautiful hiking and biking trails, vibrant lakes and parks, and easy water access for kayaking and canoeing. For an awesome day trip, you can take a quick ferry ride for a secluded beach day and picnic on one of the small protected Islands known as Sidney Spit. Or you can catch one of the US ferries taking passengers to the small San Juan Islands and eventually onto Anacortes in Washington state.


For boat lovers there are multiple marinas in and around Sidney for those who love to fish or sail. The chain of gulf islands are conveniently located for day trips to a variety of island communities including Mayne, Pender, Galiano, Gabriola, and the big gulf island Saltspring. For those who love to fish Sidney also provides plenty of saltwater fishing and crabbing either by boat or just off the pier.

Sidney is an ideal place to live for those who enjoy the outdoors and want easy access to both urban and rural areas. The town's convenient location, quiet atmosphere, and array of local amenities make it a great place to call home.


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