SIDNEY: THE SOUTHERN TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
Sidney is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the Saanich Peninsula. With prevailing westerly ocean winds moderating both summer and winter temperatures, 3.6 kilometres of waterfront. The Swatz Bay ferry terminal, a major transportation terminal for BC ferries as well as the Victoria International Airport are both located here.
The pedestrian friendly downtown offers an excellent variety of stores, specialty shops and street statues and murals. The town’s restaurants offer a diverse assortment of excellent meals and cater to all tastes.
The Saanich Peninsula encompasses the area just north of Greater Victoria, all the way to Deep Cove and Swartz Bay. Sidney and Brentwood Bay are the two largest communities on this semi rural peninsula.
The community of Brentwood Bay overlooks the Saanich Inlet and has some great restaurants and shops, a pretty marina, and a BC Ferries terminal providing service to Mill Bay in the Cowichan region. Brentwood Bay boasts one of the South Island region’s most famous attractions: Butchart Gardens. These splendid, world-renowned gardens have been drawing visitors to the region since 1904 and have recently been designated a national historic site. Access to the Gardens is also gained from Butchart Cove and Todd Inlet. In the summer the Inlet is transformed as a spectacular fireworks show takes place every Saturday evening. The anchorage in Todd Inlet is calm and protected.