Top 10 Things to do in Sidney, British Columbia
Discover the best top things to do in Sidney, Canada including Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, BC Ferries, BC Aviation Museum, Sidney Pier, Sidney Street Market, Sidney Spit Marine Park, Lochside Regional Trail, Victoria Distillers, Mary Winspear Centre, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada.
1. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
4.5 based on 346 reviews
Explore the mysteries of the Salish Sea Bioregion - one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world! The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a not-for-profit aquarium and learning centre devoted to the exploration and conservation of the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is named after the Canadian Indigenous Peoples of the region, the Coast Salish. Explore natural aquaria habitats of over 160 live species including a giant Pacific octopus, colourful rockfish, and wolf eels. Check out the marine mammal exhibit complete with a rare orca skeleton, and take in the beautiful art collection by Coast Salish peoples on permanent exhibit. Journey from seafloor to seashore and discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea in 28 aquarium habitats teeming with marine life from anemones and nudibranchs to salmon and sculpins, then get up close and personal with weird and wonderful invertebrates in our Touch Pool overlooking the breathtaking Sidney waterfront.
Reviewed By David W - Victoria, CanadaVictoria, Canada
Well worth the visit particularly with children.
Unexpected location in an office building but an excellent exposition of the local sea life. We were lucky to see the octopus on the move because she is often hiding herself. The microscope section proved difficult to see the little creatures but educatio
2. BC Ferries
4 based on 4090 reviews
BC Ferries provides passenger and vehicle ferry services to 45 ports of call across coastal BC, with sailings to and from Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands, and Northern BC. BC Ferries Vacations also offers over 100 travel packages, including return ferry and accommodation. When on board BC Ferries, there are plenty of options for food and shopping, along with great wildlife and sightseeing opportunities.
Reviewed By Smokey S
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Great ride. Good trip . Very pleasant cant wait to go again. Parking spaces a little small but we made it
3. BC Aviation Museum
4.5 based on 161 reviews
Come enjoy a trip back in time with the whole family, with over 20 aircraft on display in Sidney, at The BC Aviation Museum! Where learning and fun meet! Memorable visitor experiences include: • Sit in the cockpit of a warplane. • Discover the history of our valiant Canadian aviation pioneers with our passionate tour guides or on a self-guided visit. We’ve been collecting and preserving 8,000+ aviation books, 13,500+ photographs. Don't miss our gift shop - the perfect place to find aviation themed gifts. Come explore the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, located near the Victoria International Airport.
Reviewed By PookyCake - Victoria, CanadaVictoria, Canada
A History of Aviation, BC-Style!
I genuinely enjoy the BC Aviation Museum. It’s fairly small (displays are spread out over 2 hangars), but it is packed with titillating and intriguing displays that’ll both educate and “wow” you. And it’s not just that it has a lot of aviation-related mem
4. Sidney Pier
4.5 based on 230 reviews
Iconic Pier situated along the waterfront in Sidney BC
Reviewed By puckstopper31 - Edmonton, CanadaEdmonton, Canada
Cool on a stormy day!
Walked the pier enroute to lunch. The driftwood slamming into the pier, the seagulls seeking shelter and the driving rain made this a very neat experience on a very stormy day. Enjoy a meal or snack at the end.
5. Sidney Street Market
4.5 based on 73 reviews
Every Thursday night during June, July and August, the Town's charming main street, Beacon Avenue, is closed to traffic and transformed into one of the most spectacular, festive street markets in British Columbia.With over 150 vendors offering everything from locally grown produce, handmade jewellery by local artisans, one of a kind clothing, toys, flowers, handmade soaps, home-made breads, jams, fudge and so much more; there is something for everyone in the family! The Sidney Street Market attracts up to 5,000 people a night who all come to savour the flavours, see the sights and listen to the sounds of a myriad of musical performers. The Sidney Street Market is a must see and do event for everyone's summer activities list. Market hours are 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
Reviewed By Gary D - Victoria, CanadaVictoria, Canada
Lived in Victoria my entire life and frequent all the markets, from Moss Street to Duncan. The Sidney market seems low budget compared to all others. There’s lots of people milling about and the energy appears good, but the vendor list, specifically the f
6. Sidney Spit Marine Park
4.5 based on 61 reviews
Reviewed By Cherie P - Pahrump, NevadaPahrump, Nevada
Took the ferry over to the island.....is about a 25 minute ride each direction. Be sure to check the schedule for times. Adults are $19, $16 for children and seniors. Remember to pack in your snacks and water and pack out your trash. We used the Alpine Gr
7. Lochside Regional Trail
4.5 based on 106 reviews
Reviewed By Seagullplayer - Abbotsford, CanadaAbbotsford, Canada
What a beautiful ride
Have been planning on doing the Galloping Goose trail for. Many years. Finally planned it this year only to find that what we thought was the Galloping Goose is actually the Lochside Trail (the Goose runs from Victoria to Sooke). Regardless, this is an am
8. Victoria Distillers
4.5 based on 44 reviews
To accommodate Victoria Spirits’ growing business, they recently moved to a larger location on the beautiful waterfront, in Sidney, BC and opened their doors in May of 2016. Their name also changed to Victoria Distillers bringing a new focus as makers and collaborators to highlight the distillery as a tourist destination you definitely don’t want to miss. The new site houses two copper pot stills, continuing to produce award-winning spirits including Victoria Gin and Empress 1908 Gin . Visitors are guided through the entire distillation process and around the gleaming stills giving them an intimate look into one of BC’s finest artisan distilleries. Following a tour, visitors are able to taste their premium spirits and bitters neat. The waterfront location also has an on-site lounge, along with an outside patio area, where guests can enjoy their favorite cocktails. Tours are available on the hour from 12-3 pm Friday to Sunday.
Reviewed By Ninaupnorth - Wilsonville, OregonWilsonville, Oregon
Uncomfortable tasting experience
Quaint space, nice retail front. We sat down at the bar and waited to be greeted. The couple at the end of the bar had each tasting explained and an “extra special pour”. They had taken the tour. We, the only other people in the place tasting, paid for 3
9. Mary Winspear Centre
4.5 based on 74 reviews
Reviewed By Unknown_Traveler - Everett, WAEverett, WA
A real asset to the community
Saw Nearly Neil a tribute to Neil Diamond in the Charlie White Theatre. The show was fabulous and there was not a bad seat in the house. Sidney is lucky to have a facility like this.
10. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada
4.5 based on 21 reviews
Experience the park, an archipelago of sheltered islands, islets and reefs in the Salish Sea. Breathe in the sea air and the Mediterranean-like climate while exploring stunning beaches, peaceful coves and lush forest trails. Take in the spectacular ocean views with glimpses of seals, sea lions, porpoises and Orca whales. Connect with fascinating local culture and people, or enjoy boating, kayaking, hiking and an extensive interpretive program, including a multi-route geocaching program for all ages.
Reviewed By Taqulik - Victoria, CanadaVictoria, Canada
Prior Centennial Campground
Very nice campground with basic amenities. We were boondocking with a small trailer and our site was good and fairly private. Campground is smallish and the toilets are clean but they are below what one would expect from a Parks Canada facility; lots of f