Sidney Business Improvement Area Society

To fully experience all that Sidney and the surrounding region has to offer you need to spend at least two days to soak it all in.

Contact Information
Phone: 250-893-0093
Email Address:
2281 Beacon Avenue, V8L 1W9
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Rich in history and surrounded in natural beauty, Sidney is the gateway to Vancouver Island. Complete with a vibrant boutique-shopping district and many quaint dining options, you won’t know where to start. To complete the Sidney experience, Victoria Distillers, the only waterfront distillery on Vancouver Island offers daily tours and tastings. Complete with a cozy lounge and outdoor patio with sweeping views of Mount Baker and the Salish Sea, the distillery will impress even the most discerning libation connoisseur.

The waterfront in Sidney offers many experiences including the Town’s sculpture walk and historic walking tour. Be sure to visit with local fisherman as you stroll down the iconic Sidney fishing pier. You can also hop on a whale watching or guided kayak tour right from the waterfront. If you want to visit the nearby wine region, you can do so on your way to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, only a 15-minute drive from Sidney.

Sidney is known as Canada’s only Booktown so be sure to peruse the5 independent bookstores during your visit. If you are bringing little ones, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea the BC Aviation Museum and the Sidney Museum offer special hands-on experiences not to be missed!

Coastal Experiences

Make sure you experience these wild coast array of things to tempt and taunt the senses.

  1. Distinctively Canadian

    Indulge your senses by viewing the most impressive Canadian Art collections, sampling uniquely local flavours, and experiencing our diverse history.

  2. Stay with us

    Whether you want to stay in a cozy bed & breakfast, cottage or inn, or upgrade to one of the many extraordinary resorts or vacation homes – we have it all. It’s easy to spend a relaxing or invigorating vacation here.

  3. Attend a Festival

    Art, music, and culture. Our region is a hot bed of activity year round. With the Tall Trees Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Sooke Fine Arts Show, our many Art festivals, Canada Day, Festival of trees and the Pacific Rim Whale Festival we celebrate our Island culture and environment.

  1. Hike the WCT

    The West Coast Trail is a world renowned backpacking trail. Open from May 1st until September 30th, this gruelling 75 km (47 mi) trek is well worth the challenge for the breathtaking examples of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

  2. Sea To Sky Hiking

    Discover the raw beauty and uncharted nature of the CRD. From seasoned backpackers to amateur day hikers you can traverse up to the tallest peaks and back down to the rocky shores of the Juan de Fuca by hiking historical trails.

  3. Going Coastal

    Our Coast has long been inspiration to all kinds of musicians, writers and painters. It is not hard to see why – take a walk through ancient forests with gnarled trees and green canopies, explore hidden creeks and spot eagles taking flight or bears ambling through the undergrowth.