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 Boats docked at the marina

(Picture BC photo)

Sidney

Geography

The vibrant town of Sidney sits at the southern end of Vancouver Island on the beautiful, unspoiled Saanich Peninsula.

Only minutes from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and Victoria International Airport, it doubles as gateway to the island and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

Location

Victoria, the BC capital, is less than half an hour away. The town comes with postcard views of the Salish Sea (which divides Vancouver Island from the mainland), the Gulf Islands, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges in Washington State, and snow-capped Mount Baker.

North Saanich

Said to be the finest rural-residential area in all of Canada, North Saanich boasts a lengthy coastline on three sides, bays, beaches, farmlands and protected parklands. Sidney is its hub.

The town Sidney lives with one foot in the sea. It has 3.6km/2.2mi of publicly accessible waterfront including paved walkways, piers, marinas and beaches ripe for beachcombing. Its second foot runs deep into the land, its North Saanich rural surroundings so rich that olives and lemons are cultivated.

The rolling interior lands of North Saanich afford sweeping views of hills, valleys, farms, forests and a generous sense of wide open space and human rapport with nature.

Climate & Weather

Sidney enjoys a cool Mediterranean climate moderated by warm Pacific air. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are mild with moderate rainfall. Most years see very little snow.

On average, July is the warmest month with temperatures hovering between a low of 11°C/51.8°F and a high of 22°C/71.6°F At its warmest, temperatures can rise to 31°C/87.8°F. January is usually the coldest month with average temperatures between a low of 0°C/32°F and a high of 6°C/42.8°F. At its coldest, temperatures can drop to -7°C/19.4°F. December is the wettest month, with about 153mm/6in of rain.