North of Victoria and home to the BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal, civilized Sidney marries urban affability to a glorious seaside location.
Come browse Sidney's boutiques and bookshops. Nights are for dining Pacific Northwest, Asian or European-style at the ocean's edge. But save the days for adventure touring, diving, fishing, golf, hiking, biking, kayaking, shopping, whale watching, wine tasting and exploring the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
Like most corners of Vancouver Island, the Saanich Peninsula was first occupied by Aboriginal peoples. In the Sidney area, the Salish First Nation had arrived as early as 10,000 years ago. Sidney's written history begins in 1859, when the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula was explored by the Royal Navy survey vessel, HMS Plumper.