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

9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Educational sites More
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 346 reviews

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

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

11300 Patricia Bay Highway | Suite 500, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 3S8, Canada Transportation, Ferries
Excellent
50%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 4090 reviews

BC Ferries

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

E w simmons

Great ride. Good trip . Very pleasant cant wait to go again. Parking spaces a little small but we made it

3. BC Aviation Museum

1910 Norseman Rd, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 5V5, Canada Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
67%
Good
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

BC Aviation Museum

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

Beacon Ave, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y2, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Lookouts, Piers & Boardwalks, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks More
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 230 reviews

Sidney Pier

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

Beacon Avenue, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y7, Canada Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
Excellent
68%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Sidney Street Market

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

Nothing exciting

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

Sidney, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Parks
Excellent
75%
Good
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Sidney Spit Marine Park

Reviewed By Cherie P - Pahrump, NevadaPahrump, Nevada

Tranquil island

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

Switch Bridge, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
Excellent
69%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Lochside Regional Trail

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

9891 Seaport Place, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada Food & Drink, Distilleries
Excellent
61%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Victoria Distillers

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

2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1W9, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Concerts & Shows, Theaters, Civic Centers More
Excellent
63%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Mary Winspear Centre

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

2220 Harbour Rd, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2P6, Canada Nature & Parks, National Parks
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

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

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