ing up the view in your guestroom or suite upstairs. Also located off the lobby is Haven Spa, featuring Aveda products and offering massages, facials, body treatments and aesthetics. There’s an ocean- view mani/pedi room and hair salon, and the his/her guest lounges include showers, lockers and steam rooms -- plus there’s a 24-hour fitness center. Also located in the hotel is the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, the “Aquarium of the Salish Sea,” featuring tanks and exhibits for a hands-on, handswet adventure. For shopping, there are more than 100 independently owned shops in Sidney, from Baden Baden Boutique to Muffet & Louisa. Sidney has the distinction of being Canada’s only Booktown, with seven independently owned bookstores downtown. Each one is unique, from The Children’s Bookshop to The Haunted Bookshop, Vancouver Island’s oldest antiquarian bookshop. In addition to Haro’s Restaurant & Bar at the hotel, other dining options include the 3rd Street Cafe for a traditional breakfast; Fish on 5th, featuring tasty fish ‘n chips; Chef Lucien Frauenfelder’s Bistro Suisse for authentic Swiss cuisine such as fondue, rosti and schnitzel; and the 109-yearold Sidney Bakery for traditional “breads and buns.” The hip little Toast Café is also close by for a quick bite. Beacon Landing, just across the street from the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, is a good spot for a pint or glass of your favorite libation. Then take a stroll and soak up Sidney-by-the-Sea, one of Vancouver Island’s finest walking towns.
The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa 9805 Seaport Place Sidney, BC V8L 4X3 866-659-9445 www.sidneypier.com The Seaplane and Boating Destination Magazine
The Seaplane and Boating Destination Magazine