Canadian Ports: Sidney, BC
Strategically located as the Gateway to Vancouver Island, "Sidney-by-the-Sea" is a vibrant community of over 10,000 residents.
Served by the Washington State ferry from Anacortes and the San Juans and by the Mainland ferry arriving at Swartz Bay ( 10 minutes away), Sidney is a destination choice for a growing number of tourists.
Some of the most popular attractions include an aviation museum housing historic aircraft; whale watching tours (about 80 killer whales live offshore); cycling, and of particular interest to divers, two artificial diving reefs.
A variety of shops offering everything from pottery to fine art, jewellery & books will please the shopping traveller.
A 30 minute drive to downtown Victoria, 10 minutes to the BC Ferry terminal at Swartz Bay and only 15 minutes from the world renowned Butchart Gardens, Sidney is well worth a visit.