At a Glance
Ideally situated on the coast, Sidney by the Sea is a charming community that brings together outdoor recreation with boutique shopping and must-see attractions.
What to Expect
A picturesque tourist destination, Sidney has a vibrant shopping district, with restaurants, cafés, bookstores, art galleries, boutiques, and exceptional West Coast recreation. Single-family homes dominate the area, but in recent years newer condo and strata developments have been adding density to the area. A friendly coastal community with character, Sidney is rich in amenities and natural beauty.
Sidney is home to long-term residents and is a particularly attractive place for retirees, though it also draws young families, professionals, and those working in the area’s construction, manufacturing, and warehousing industries.
Sidney’s downtown core is extremely walkable, though having a car is helpful for visiting its surrounding areas. Linger over a cappuccino on a downtown patio or spend hours browsing the town’s bookstores. If you’re a nature lover, there’s even more to do, from whale watching to kayaking, fishing to sailing. Street markets, festivals, and community events draw people from all over Vancouver Island, as do Sidney’s attractions like the aquarium, street murals, and historical museum.
Residents love living in this charming seaside community, which feels miles away from busy city life but is actually incredibly convenient, with BC Ferries and the Victoria International Airport only a short drive away.
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