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Seaplane Flyaways Sidney Pier Hotel, Sidney, BC

The town of Sidney on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula is a charming spot for a family adventure, weekend retreat or romantic getaway. Located 30 minutes north of British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria, it’s a popular retirement community, but with an upbeat flair and flavor appealing to all ages. Known as Sidney-bythe-Sea, it features two miles of waterfront, along with stunning views of the Gulf Islands and Mt. Baker rising high above the Salish Sea. Anchoring one end of town is The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. The bou70

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tique hotel opened in 2007 and is sleek and contemporary in design, but old-fashioned in comfort and service. From the front-desk clerks to the concierge, the staff is friendly and accommodating. The 55 spacious guestrooms and suites have either town or water views and many feature balconies. Amenities include complimentary WiFi and local phone calls, coffee and tea maker, mini-fridge and plush robes. The hotel is dog-friendly and if you didn’t bring yours, they’ll provide you with a canine companion to meander along the new Sidney Sea-

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side Sculpture Walk. The Walk starts at Beacon Park, located in the front yard of the hotel and continues along the waterfront promenade. There are a couple of dining choices on site. Haro’s Restaurant & Bar overlooks Haro Strait and has a seasonal, heated outdoor terrace for alfresco dining. The West Coast menu features locally sourced food from the peninsula, Cowichan Valley and the Gulf Islands. Just off the lobby is the Georgia Cafe & Deli, which is also a local hangout for coffee and lunch. Room service is available if you prefer soak-

HARBORS Fall/Winter 2013  

The Seaplane and Boating Destination Magazine

HARBORS Fall/Winter 2013  

The Seaplane and Boating Destination Magazine

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