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A very warm welcome to the Saanich Peninsula, gateway to Vancouver Island, the Salish Sea and the Gulf Islands. Decorated by beaches adorned in driftwood and expansive valley views, you’ll find world-famous attractions, activities, services and outdoor adventures like you’ve never experienced anywhere else. Relish in dozens of breathtaking viewpoints, indulge in worldclass spa services, stroll amongst charming boutiques, play in the waves and experience the rich West Coast culture that can all be found in this little slice of paradise.


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Discover a naturally different island escape with our perfect blend of contemporary style and comfort. Our 55 guestroom boutique hotel anchors the charming town of Sidney-by-the Sea, teeming with friendly locals and year-round adventures. Take time to rejuvenate at our beautiful Haven Spa and Salon. Relax, raise your glass, and enjoy our fresh island flavours at Haro’s Restaurant & Bar. Located 5 minutes from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and Victoria International Airport.

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• Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, 9811 Seaport Pl., 250-665-7511 • Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave., 250-652-4422 • Victoria Butterfly Gardens, 1461 Benvenuto Ave., 250-652-3822

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Each year, more than a million people flock to the Saanich Peninsula’s most famous attraction, the Butchart Gardens. This National Historic Site features one of the most impressive collections of flora in the world, lining beautifully winding paths. Established by Robert and Jennie Butchart in 1904, the Gardens now play host to a flurry of outdoor musical concerts in a spectacular setting amid spectacular landscaping and on pristinely manicured lawns. Fireworks delight the summer sky during Saturday performances at the Gardens. And in winter, the front pavillion is transformed into an ice skating rink. Not far from Butchart Gardens is the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. More than 75 species flutter freely through a tropical garden that is also home to exotic fauna, including Peruvian ibis, flamingoes, an Amazonian parrot and many more. And in the heart of Sidney sits the Shaw Ocean Discover Centre, the place to see and touch the bizarre and beautiful creatures that reside beneath the surface of the Salish Sea. Get up close and personal with jellyfish, touch a starfish and a sea urchin, and watch schools of hundreds of fish swim by. The Saanich Peninsula is a hub for attractions that are not only a delight to witness, but also open eyes to new worlds.



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If you’re looking for small-town atmosphere with big-city conveniences, look no further. From book stores and museums to shopping, dining and recreation, world-renowned Sidney by the Sea is the place to be. Sidney’s waterfront is perfect for your morning run or leisurely afternoon stroll, a 2.5 kilometre pathway brings the ocean right to our doorstep. Sidney’s vibrant downtown core includes a wide array of shops, art galleries, and boutiques, and boasts Canada’s only Booktown – a collection of nearly a dozen independent book stores that feature everything from today’s bestsellers to antique and collectible tomes. Whether you’re craving a coffee, a new outfit, something for the kids, or a spa treatment, you’ll find it here. Sidney’s Beacon Avenue hosts everything from restaurants to museums and at the water’s edge, you’ll find the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, an aquarium and marine education centre focused on the amazing ecosystem of the Salish Sea.


North Saanich

Surrounding the seaside town of Sidney you’ll

find the idyllic countryside community of North Saanich. Nestled among some of the oldest evergreens in the province, much of the area was originally built as a summer retreat for Victoria’s elite. This rural area is perfect for a bicycle ride, long walk or energetic hike. There are many beach accesses and parks to enjoy in this neck of the woods. Farm stands and farm markets are a must visit in this area of the Peninsula. Local growers offer everything from fresh fruit to seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, baked goods and more. Don’t forget to stop at a local winery for a sip of Peninsula-made wine and perhaps a romantic picnic for two. Keep an eye out for fields of sheep, pigs snuffling by the fence and people on horseback travelling the quiet roads. North Saanich hosts the Victoria International Airport and the B.C. Ferry terminal, as well as several marinas for boaters.


Brentwood Bay In a quiet corner of the Saanich Peninsula you’ll find scenic and serene Brentwood Bay. Southwest of Sidney, off West Saanich Road, snugly tucked into the curve of Tod Inlet, sits the charming seaside village. Along the waterfront is a meandering path that allows visitors the opportunity to experience the charm and vistas of this quaint enclave. The Saanich Inlet is famous for the size of salmon caught by the local sport fishermen and the marina was once well known for the small boats called Brentwood Specials’they rented out. Away from the water lies the shopping district of Brentwood Bay. The main street is crowded with an eclectic collection of art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, gift shops and thrift stores. At the bottom of Verdier Avenue you’ll find an interesting group of businesses, from Moodyville shops to the Brentwood Bay Lodge, where you can rent kayaks, go scuba diving, take an eco-tour, spend some time in the pub or treat yourself to a gourmet dinner or spa treatment. This area is also home to the world famous Butchart Gardens – a must see for every Peninsula visitor.

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Tucked between vast farmland and Central Saanich’s residential core is the village of Saanichton. With a vibrant retail area and many community gathering places, Saanichton is a draw for both visitors and locals. Based near the corner of Mount Newton X Road and Wallace drive, there is a hustle and bustle here that has existed for centuries. At the centre of Saanichton village is the heart of the daffodil industry. If you visit in spring, you will be welcomed by hundreds of bright yellow bobbing heads of daffodils, grown by the Vantreight family. In 1957 Geoffrey Vantreight Jr. was one of four people to start the use of daffodils to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. More than half a century later, Daffodil Days have become a worldwide event which raises money for cancer research in Canada and around the world. Over the years, Vantreight Farms has become the largest daffodil producer in Canada and the second largest in North America, supplying daffodils to Cancer Societies across Canada and the United States.


NORTH SAANICH One of the most beautiful and diverse municipalities in the region, North Saanich will likely be the first community visitors will experience when visiting. Both the main travel entrance points on Southern Vancouver Island, the Swartz Bay Terminal for BC Ferries and the Victoria International Airport are located here. We welcome visitors and have much to offer them. A significant portion of our land is agricultural with many varied and active farms and other rural attractions. Not only do these offer a supply of locally produced food but they provide a charming contrast to our residential areas. Energetic volunteers have begun a local Saturday morning farm market at St. John’s Church on West Saanich Road, which is beginning its fifth season this June, and many farms offer sales of produce at the farm gate. Our walking trails are extensive and appealing, covering most areas in the municipality and ranging from those easily walkable to more challenging areas in Horth Hill Park and Dean Park, well worth the effort for the views. Other parks offer a variety of attractions, including magnificent views of our shores, and our native plants and trees. We have produced a Trail and Parks Guide which is available to visitors and residents.

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In addition to these aspects, our shoreline extends around the municipality, attracting many boaters and fishing enthusiasts, and serviced by local marinas. The Panorama Leisure Centre offers swimming, tennis, skating and other fitness facilities. There are two local golf courses, Glen Meadows and Ardmore.


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Event Schedule

English Car Club Fair April 15

Vime Spring Meet May 26, 27 Summer Fair June 16, 17 Vime Train Run July 8 Ford V8 Picnic July 22 Truck Show August 3, 4, 5 Vime Train Run August 18, 19 Harvest Fair September 15,16 Vime Fall Meet September 29, 30

The opportunity to indulge in such a variety of leisure activities is enhanced in North Saanich by the unspoiled rural ambience of the area. We hope you have a wonderful experience visiting North Saanich.

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Note all dates are subject to change: Fairs open 9am to 4pm, Trains run at fairs 10 am to 3pm, VIME train runs from noon to 3pm. Alice Finall, Mayor

Central Saanich Welcome to beautiful Central Saanich, home of the world famous Butchart Gardens. Our community is located half way between the City of Victoria and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, and is often referred to as the “land of plenty”. Drive through the countryside and visit our farm stands and wineries and enjoy the bounty of our community. Take a walk along Island View Beach or climb Mount Newton to a panoramic view of our community and the Saanich Peninsula. Walk or bike along the Lochside Trail through beautiful farmlands. Enjoy the many restaurants, pubs and shops located in the Brentwood Bay, Saanichton, and Keating areas of our community. Central Saanich has some entertaining activities and events scheduled as follows:

Brentwood Bay Festival June 2 – the 16th annual version runs from 8 am to 4 pm in Pioneer

Park. The day begins with a parade and a pancake breakfast, followed by an all-day community celebration featuring local produce, crafts, food, music and much more. See www.brentwoodbay. info for details. Peninsula Country Market Opens June 2 – You don’t have to travel to find the best quality produce. It’s all at this popular market, held at the Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stelly’s Cross Road) each Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm until October 6th, except during the Saanich Fair. Summer Fair at Heritage Acres June 16 & 17 – Fun for Dad and the whole family! Celebrate the Father’s Day weekend at the Heritage Acres Summer Fair, 7321 Lochside Drive from 9 am to 4 pm. Call 250-652-5522 for more information. Music in the Park – July & August – Bring your lawn chair and enjoy music every Wednesday evening in July and August, 6:30 pm to 9 pm in Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay. See www. for details. 145th Saanich Fair Labour Day Weekend September 1 to 3 – At 145 years old, this is BC’s oldest fair. It features prize - winning produce and livestock, farm and craft displays, live entertainment, and a midway. Come join the fun at “Hats Off to 145 Years!” featuring the “Tractor” at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road. 1903 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton, BC V8M 2A9 Tel: 250-652-4444 • Fax: 250-652-0135 Email: Alastair Bryson, Website: Mayor

7321 Lochside Drive (off Island View Road)

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Town of Sidney

On behalf of the Sidney community, I extend a warm welcome to you. We hope you will enjoy discovering the vibrating pulse that beats through our beautiful waterfront Town. You can be as active as you wish or just sit back and enjoy our charm and character. It is hard to capture the true adventures of Sidney in writing – the exhilaration of sighting a pod of killer whales; the excitement of the aquarium with hands-on touch tanks at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre; the delights of beachcombing on Sidney Island; or the thrill of discovering underwater reefs beneath the Fishing Pier. It’s all waiting here! Sidney is alive with culture and entertainment, boasting its own Star Theatre with first run movies; and the Mary Winspear Community Centre with an exciting 310 seat multi-purpose Theatre hosting musicals and stage productions. Also, be sure to wander along the 2.5 km waterfront walkway to discover the seaside Tulista Park with our Community Arts Centre. Our busy pedestrian-friendly downtown has a wonderful variety of specialty shops, art galleries and bookstores. We have a reputation as Canada’s only officially designated “Booktown” and it won’t disappoint as you lose track of time browsing through treasures of new and old titles. Also, be sure to take advantage of a photo op with one of our many street statues. And if the myriad of activities leaves you famished, satisfy your appetite at an unbelievable variety of restaurants offering up a selection of food ranging from take-out to elegant dining. Sidney is one of the most visitor friendly towns you will find anywhere and making you feel at home is one of the things we do best. Sidney will steal your heart and you’ll want to return again and again. 2440 Sidney Avenue Sidney, B.C. V8L 1Y7 Tel: 250-656-1184 Fax: 250-655-4508 Email: Website:

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The Peninsula is rich in history from land to sea and even the sky above. Learn more about our rich agricultural history at Heritage Acres, started by the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society in 1968 by Willard Michell, and a group of volunteers as a way of keeping the history of the Saanich Peninsula alive. Heritage Acres, as it is now known, is a hugely popular destination with hundreds of artifacts displayed in various heritage buildings and on the grounds. Elsewhere, in a compact log house in Saanichton, volunteers craft displays harkening back to the pioneers of the Central Saanich area. With a small dedicated archive next door, the Log Cabin Museum is carefully manned by members of the Saanich Pioneer Society who are dedicated to the preservation of the historical records of the Saanich Peninsula. The Peninsula is also home to the provincial museum of all things aircraft. The B.C. Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artifacts. Volunteers collect and restore a variety of items key to aviation history in B.C. and Canada. Those include a fully restored Noorduyn Norseman and Avro Anson MKII. History from the ferry system and airport to business of long ago are outlined in photos and artifacts in the Sidney Museum. An old-time kitchen, general store and classroom all bring back days of old in the Beacon Avenue space.

Your guide to our history • B.C. Aviation Museum collects, restores and displays aircraft and artifacts related to aviation history in B.C. and Canada. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and winter 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission free for kids under 12, students $4, seniors $6 and adults $8. 1910 Norseman Rd., Sidney, 250-655-3300 or • Sidney Museum and Archives is devoted to the history of the early lives of Sidney and North Saanich pioneers, portrayed through photographs and artifacts. The museum is open daily 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. 2423 Beacon Ave., 250-655-6355 or www. • Log Cabin Museum and Archives, operated by the Saanich Pioneer Society and dedicated to the preservation of the historical records of the Peninsula. Open Sundays except December and January from noon to 3 p.m. 7910 Polo Park Cres., Saanichton, 250-658-8347 or • Heritage Acres is open daily from June 1 to Sept. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during the rest of the year from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Admission is by donation to the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society. 7321 Lochside Dr. off Island View Road, 250652-5522 or

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Cradled by water on almost all sides, the Peninsula is the perfect setting to be pampered while taking in the breathtaking sights Vancouver Island has to offer. Some of the West Coast’s top spas call the Peninsula home, offering an almost endless list of alluring services to treat yourself to a little – or a lot – of TLC. Mud wraps, facials, body scrubs and aromatherapy treatments will delight spa-goers with locally inspired products. Indulge in a hot stone, Swedish or relaxation massage, or refresh your fingers and toes with a manicure or pedicure while gazing over the Salish Sea or Saanich Inlet. Peninsula spas can accommodate tight schedules with quick treatments, or settle down for a whole day of relaxation by booking a spa package.

• For an ultra-modern experience, visit Haven Spa in the Sidney Pier Hotel. This spa – Sidney’s newest – is set at the back of the exquisite Pier Hotel looking out onto the Salish Sea. Listed as one of Canada’s Leading Spas (, this spa features a full hair salon, private treatment rooms and space enough for small group pedicures. Enjoy the modern and relaxing décor of the hotel, and with every spa treatment, the use of the well-equipped fitness centre and eucalyptus steam room. 9805 Seaport Pl., 250-655-9445. • Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa is set on the beautiful Brentwood Bay waterfront. Rated as the “finest resort spa on the West Coast” by Frommer’s Guidebooks, the Essence of Life Spa won’t disappoint. With views that are second to none, amazing architecture, and exceptional service, this spa offers a serene experience like no other. 849 Verdier Ave., 250-544-5111. • Ocean Palm Spa in the Sidney Waterfront Inn offers private rooms and a range of spa services for all needs. 207 2537 Beacon Ave., 250-655-7070.

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to market Your guide to markets • The North Saanich Farm Market is now in its fourth year and aims to support the growth of sustainable food in the region. Take the opportunity to buy some farm fresh produce grown by local farmers. Markets are monthly at St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd., • The Peninsula Country Market calls itself the longest running open-air market on South Vancouver Island. It is an ideal place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and other products. The market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the beginning of June to the end of October. Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s X Rd., Saanichton, • The Sidney Summer Market features a large assortment of vendors selling produce, handcrafted items, delicious food and more. The festive outdoor setting and street entertainment make the market a choice destination for a fun evening out. Thursdays from June 7 to Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Beacon Avenue.

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From the seaside hub of downtown Sidney to the smaller clusters of shops in Brentwood Bay or Saanichton, the Peninsula offers many diverse shopping opportunities. Grab a cup of coffee and window shop or take in the unique creations at a nearby market. Sidney has a variety of small boutique clothing stores that carry everything from fashionable cocktail dresses to hemp yoga wear. Find unique items in a specialty gift store or pick out jewellery or flowers for that special someone. If you’re visiting in the summer, be sure to explore the renowned Sidney Summer Market, which is the perfect destination for people of all ages and tastes. Stroll Beacon Avenue in the evening sun and feel the breeze from the waterfront as you see what local vendors have to offer. Hand-crafted items by local artisans are featured, as well as produce grown by local farmers and displays by non-profit organizations. Sample delicious food and listen to the music of street performers as you mingle with friends and strangers. The North Saanich Farm Market and the Peninsula Country Market are also excellent places to buy fresh produce. Buy locally grown food from the friendly people while taking in the outdoor setting. In every season, the Peninsula offers many chances to find original items. Purchase souvenirs that can be found nowhere else, and enjoy the memorable experience.


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Calendar Jan. 1 – Polar Bear Swim – Lochside beach access (south of Tulista Park) at noon. Jan. 15 to March 15 – Butchart Gardens – Benvenuto, the family residence, is open during our warm wintry weather for visitors to view a display of memorabilia chronicling the development of the cement making plant, and the ensuing development of Jennie Butchart’s garden. Jan. 21 – Robbie Burns Dinner with the Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band, Mary Winspear Centre. Info: 250-656-0275 or

June 2 – The Brentwood Bay Festival – pancake breakfast, parade, games for the kids, arts and crafts, food, music and more. Info: www. June to September – Gallery by the Sea is up for display and voting by the public. Artworks hang off the fish market at Beacon Pier. June 2 to Oct. 6 – Peninsula Country Market opens for the season, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Saanich Fairgrounds. Info: www. June 7 to Aug. 23, Thursdays – Sidney Summer Market, in the early evening along Beacon Avenue, between First and Fifth streets. Find entertainment, food and vendors selling gifts, fresh produce, handmade crafts, great food and more.

Feb. 15 – Hearts of the Community Volunteer Awards at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. Info: visit April 8 – Central Saanich Lions annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt starts at noon in Centennial Park off Wallace Drive. April 8 – Peninsula Celebrations’ Easter Egg Hunt is on at 1 p.m. at Dominion Brook Park, North Saanich.

June 18 to 19 – Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s Summer Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Acres. Info: June 30 and July 1 – Sidney Days, with community celebrations, parade and more. Info: July 2 to Sept. 3, Saturdays – Fireworks illuminate the night sky at the Butchart Gardens. Info: July 8 to Aug. 20, Sundays – Summer Sounds Concert Series 2 to 4 p.m. in Beacon Park. Info:

May 28 – How the Other Half Lives, presented by Peninsula Players community theatre, plays at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. Info: 250-656-0275 or

July to August – Music in the Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay. Bring a chair, a blanket, a picnic dinner, or buy dinner from a food vendor. Info:

July 10 – Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s Vancouver Island Model Engineers Day, with train rides, museums, walks in the park and more at Heritage Acres, noon to 3 p.m. Info:

Sept. 15 to 16 – Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s Harvest Fair and Threshing Weekend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Acres. Info:

Aug. 4 to 5 – Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s Heavy Truck Show, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Heritage Acres. Info:

Oct. 12 to 14 – The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula’s ninth annual Sidney Fine Art Show is at Mary Winspear Centre. Info: Oct. 20 to 21 – Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour, hosted by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. Info: Nov. 17 – Sidney Sparkles parade and sailpast, a welcome to the holiday season lights up Sidney’s Beacon Avenue and the waterfront. Info:

Aug. 11 to 12 – Victoria's Largest Little Airshow brings its fine show of remote control aircraft to life. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Michell Airfield on Lochside Drive.

Nov. 25 to 26 – Saanich Fairgrounds’ Christmas in the Manger Craft show. Info: December – Butchart Gardens' Magic of Christmas – carollers, a festive brass band and an outdoor ice rink to help celebrate the festive season. Info: Dec. 7 to 9, 14 to 16 – Christmas in the Village with Christmas lights, food, music and Santa, 5 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Acres. Info: Aug. 25 to 26 – Join the sixth annual North Saanich Flavour Trail, a tour of North Saanich farms, wineries, nurseries, markets and restaurants. Info: Sept. 1 to 3 – 145th annual Saanich Fair, with midway, games, community booths, agricultural displays, food, entertainment and more. Info: www.

Dec. 8 – Saanichton Community Christmas, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Saanichton. Photos with Santa, Christmas Tree Trail and live music. Dec. 31 – First Night celebrations at Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich. Features swimming, skating, arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle, a giant movie screen, followed by the fireworks finale at 9 p.m.



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Your guide to art & entertainment • The Touch of Art show at Tulista Park features an array of watercolour and acrylic paintings from many local artists. For any art enthusiasts, this show is not to be missed. April 1-8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth St. www.mypeninsula. ca/event/touch-art. • The annual Fine Arts Exhibition and Sale is put on by the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society. Featuring many prominent and upcoming local artists, the event is one you’ll want to be sure to attend. April 28 to 29. Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave. • The annual spring studio tour offers a chance to see the amazing effort and talent that goes into creating a work of art by visiting the studios of many local artists. Take a self-guided tour of artists’ studios and view their works as well. June 9-10 at assorted venues. • Deep Cove Folk hosts many talented folk musicians from the community and beyond. Warm drinks and baked goods are available by donation. Enjoy the toe-tapping music and friendly atmosphere every second Friday of every month, excluding July and August. 8 p.m., St.John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd. • The Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk enhances Sidney’s waterfront walkway with an array of unique sculptures created by area artists. Some sculptures are permanent, while others

are exhibited for a two-year period. Through donations and scholarships, the collection will continue to extend for two kilometres along the waterfront, • During the summer months, the Gallery by the Sea shows a series of paintings, displayed on the side of the Beacon Pier fish market. The paintings are painted by local artists and judged based on votes by the viewers. • The Mary Winspear Community Cultural Centre hosts conferences and events such as art shows and craft fairs. The Charlie White Theatre within the centre plays host to many local and travelling productions and music groups. There is always something happening at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave. • The Peninsula ArtSea Festival celebrates arts on the Peninsula with a special focus on the sea and our close connection to it. Events take place at multiple locations on the Peninsula and local businesses support the festival by displaying art and hosting demonstrations. The festival highlights a range of disciplines, including fine, visual, and performing arts. Oct. 12-21 at multiple venues, event-category/artsea-festival. • The Sidney Fine Art Show attracts thousands of visitors to Sidney. The world-class show is judged by a jury and is perfect for serious patrons of the arts. October 12-14, Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave.

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The unique culture of the Peninsula is evident in the breathtaking works of art produced by local artists and the assortment of cultural events that take place year-round. The scenic Peninsula is inspiring to many local artists and their works are fully appreciated by the community. October is fine arts month on the Peninsula and it is well celebrated with the Sidney Fine Art Show and the ArtSea Festival. There are also many opportunities to view artwork year-round; both indoors and outdoors. Take a walk along Sidney’s waterfront and discover an assortment of sculptures or visit the Tulista Park Art Centre to see a diverse selection of works by local artists. The Mary Winspear Centre hosts a multitude of community events, including art shows and conferences. Don’t miss the opportunity to take in a show at the Charlie White Theatre, which is located in the centre. The rich art and culture of the Peninsula is an essential part of any visit. Spend a Friday evening listening to traditional folk music at Deep Cove Folk or attend a high-calibre art exhibition. Immerse yourself in the art and culture of the Peninsula and enrich your visit.


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Surrounded by the Salish Sea, the Peninsula is the gateway to many exciting aquatic activities. From whalewatching amidst the sea spray to enjoying a lazy day on calm, sunny waters, the ocean is a beautiful and exciting place to be. The waters off of the Peninsula are abundant with wildlife, from seabirds to whales. Whether you’re exploring the open ocean in a high-powered vessel or enjoying a leisurely paddle through an archipelago of islands, you’ll be sure to spot a myriad of creatures. Take a picnic and enjoy a day on the sun-soaked Sidney Spit or charter a boat to explore the rest of the surrounding islands. Learn to paddle a canoe or kayak in the sheltered waters of Tod Inlet and catch a glimpse of the stunning marine life, or watch a sunset from the deck of a majestic yacht. Experience for yourself why the ocean is irresistible to residents and visitors alike.

Your guide to play • Island Cruising charters yachts and powerboats and offers week-long learn-to-sail vacations. For the experienced sailor, or willing student, Island Cruising is the place to acquire the boat and skills necessary for an aquatic adventure. #1-C 9851 Seaport Pl., www. • Pacifica Paddle Sports rents canoes and kayaks and offers tours as well. Tod Inlet is only 20 minutes away from the dock, while Senanus Island, a great picnic spot, is only 30 minutes away. There are also further away locations for those to wish to make a day trip. The beautiful waters off of Brentwood Bay are a must to explore. 789 Saunders Ln., Brentwood Bay, www. • Paddle in the Park Kayaking offers kayak rentals, lessons, and a variety of tours. Along with an experienced guide, explore the waters surrounding Sidney during the day or take the sunset tour to experience the beauty of the evening ocean. Dock E, Van Isle Marina, 2320 Harbour Rd., • Sea Quest Adventures offers year-round kayak rentals as well whale-watching tours from March to November. These three hour tours take you off the coast of Sidney to discover the wildlife that inhabit the area and sightings are guaranteed. Departures are at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. 105, 2537 Beacon Ave., • Sidney Spit is accessible via the Alpine Sidney Spit Ferry. The schedule can be found online. alpine-sidney-spit-ferry.

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from the land Country time • Tour of Farms is held every year. It gives locals and visitors alike the chance to experience a taste of farm life and learn about the importance of agriculture on the Peninsula. It takes place on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. events. • The 145th Saanich Fair features an abundance of exciting attractions. From livestock, produce, and handicrafts, to live entertainment and thrilling midway rides, the Saanich Fair celebrates agriculture, heritage, and community in a fun-packed weekend. Sept. 1 to 3 at 1528 Stelly's X Rd., Saanichton, www.saanichfair. ca. • The annual Fall Threshing is put on by the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving local and regional artifacts and demonstrating their uses. The Fall Threshing is an excellent event for the whole family, featuring threshing demonstrations, tractor tours, miniature train rides, and more. Sept. 15 and 16, Heritage Acres, 7321 Lochside Dr., www.shas. ca. • The Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast is a community event. The meal starts with a wine tasting, then progresses to traditional harvest meat and vegetable dishes, and ends with an array of scrumptious pies. The vast majority of the food served is from local sources. Sept. 22, www.

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The Saanich Peninsula was once almost completely composed of farm land and some of that rich agricultural heritage still remains today. This is evident in the number of small and large local farms that still farm the fertile land of the Island. A large assortment of fresh produce for every season is available from a variety of local farms. In the summer, farm stands line the country roads of the area, offering a variety of farm-fresh goods. Berry patches offer the chance to pick your own berries, which is enjoyable for all ages. Some farms offer tours or other attractions, such as corn mazes or friendly animals to interact with. Agriculture on the Peninsula plays a large role in the community and this is celebrated with events such as the annual Tour of Farms and the Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast. Other events, including the Fall Threshing at Heritage Acres and the Saanich Fall Fair, highlight the very best of agriculture in a festive, family-friendly setting. Agriculture is a huge part of the Peninsula’s past and present, so spend some time in the Island sun and sample the products of local farmers.


Your guide to food and drink

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• Church and State Wines are made from grapes grown in the Okanagan and the Peninsula, open for wine tasting, brunch and lunch. 1445 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, • De Vine Vinyards produces wine made with organically grown cool-climate grapes on site as well as others from the Okanagan. Daily wine tastings from May 7 to Oct. 2 from noon to 5p.m., 6181B Old West Saanich Rd. • Dragonfly Hill Vineyard produces fine limited production wines from grapes grown on site and offers wine tours. 6130 Old West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay, • Using grapes grown on-site and in other areas of Vancouver Island and the Okanagan, Muse Winery produces a variety of unique wines. 11195 Chalet Rd., North Saanich, • Sea Cider, an artisan cider-making company uses a wide variety of organic apples, some of which are grown on site. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for year-round tastings. 2487 Mount St. Michael Rd., Saanichton, www. • Located on heritage land, Starling Lane Winery’s cozy wine tasting room is open on weekends during the summer for tastings. 5271 Old West Saanich Rd.,Victoria,

pubs • With 16 beer taps, 11 flat screen TVs, and food and drink specials await you at Bleue Coyote Bar and Grill. 7100 Wallace Dr., Brentwood Bay, www.bleuecoyote. com. • The Charles Dickens Pub is decorated in an old-fashioned style, complete with a fireplace.2250 Beacon Ave.,Sidney,www.airport • The Prairie Inn Pub offers cold spirits

and their enormous Belly Buster Burger. 7806 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton.

restaurants • Best known for its all-day breakfast, Beacon and Eggs doesn’t skip out on lunch either. 2305 Beacon Ave., Sidney, www. • Beacon Landing Restaurant and Lounge has a spectacular view of the Sidney waterfront. 2537 Beacon Ave., Sidney, • Blue’s Bayou Café, a unique floating restaurant serves a mixture of Cajun, Creole, and West Coast food. 899 Marchant Rd. • Well-known amongst the locals, Boondocks Café is a friendly restaurant with the feel of a local pub. 9732 First St., Sidney. • Serving exotic Mexican dishes such as Chicken ala Mexicana in chocolate-based molé sauce, accompanied by margaritas is Carlos Cantina and Grill. 9816 Fourth St., Sidney, www.carloscantina. ca. • Situated next to the Canoe Cove Marina, the secluded Canoe Cove Restaurant is a convenient destination for boating enthusiasts, yet still manages to attract customers from all over the Peninsula. Check out rib night on Fridays. 2300 Canoe Cove Rd., North Saanich. • For fresh, hot, and tasty Chinese food is served up at the Chinese Village Buffet. 7855 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton. • Fish on Fifth attracts both locals and visitors with its yam fries, salmon burgers, milkshakes and more. 9812 Fifth St, Sidney, • Featuring tasty sushi with spicy wasabi soy sauce is Green Wasabi Japanese Restaurant. 9810 Fourth St., Sidney. • Haro’s Restaurant and Bar emanates a classy, modern feeling with live music on Thursday nights. 9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney,

Dig in The Peninsula offers a large selection of dining opportunities, from trendy restaurants to boutique wineries and cosy coffee shops. A diverse range of cultural cuisine, including Greek, Thai, Chinese, Mexican and Cajun, is blended with the unique taste of the West Coast to create a memorable dining experience. This is the home of a wide range of restaurants, many of which serve seafood caught fresh out of our very own coastal waters. From salmon burgers to fresh oysters, these delicacies are an essential part of the West Coast experience. Greek and Mediterranean restaurants are the perfect places to enjoy pasta, pizza, souvlaki and many other appetizing dishes, while small family-run diners are ideal for a hearty lunch and warm cup of coffee. Don’t miss out on a chance to try some of the many wines available from local vineyards, which use locally grown cool climate grapes as well as a variety of grapes from the Okanagan. If you’re looking for a warm drink and a light lunch, an abundance of coffee shops and cafés can be found in high concentration while strolling down Beacon Avenue, while smaller coffee nooks are situated a little more off the beaten track. On the Peninsula, you can dine with a view of the waterfront and watch the sun set over the ocean or people-watch while resting in a charming café. Spend some time with friends in a welcoming neighbourhood pub or enjoy the fresh air at a picturesque winery. Whatever your taste, dining on the Peninsula will surely enhance your stay.


• A favourite destination for locals, Alexander’s Coffee is always teeming with activity. A wide variety of espresso and coffee beverages are available. Panini and baked goods such as their white chocolate and raspberry scones and Alexander’s Wish cookies are also offered. 2385 Beacon Ave., Sidney, • Fresh Cup Roastery Café’s coffee beans are roasted using “Canada’s most environmentally sustainable roasting technology” on site every day. Fresh food items such as quiche and muffins complete the experience. 1931 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton, www. • The energetic and bustling Georgia Café is an ideal spot for guests of the Pier Hotel and locals alike. The café offers delicious

sandwiches and wraps, baked goods, fresh bread, and warm drinks. 9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney, www.sidneypier. com/dining. • Jessie’s Juice Company provides the perfect healthy refreshment for a hot day, as well as hot drinks to soften the blow of the blustery Sidney weather. 2380 Beacon Ave., Sidney. • JJ’s Coffee House has all of the ideal menu items for a light lunch or coffee break. The salads, soups, sandwiches, panini, and baked goods are all fresh and appetizing. 7088 West Saanich Rd., Brentwood Bay. • Lunn’s Pastries Deli and Coffee Shop bakes fresh homemade pastries, bread, and other baked goods, as well as handcrafted chocolates for every occasion. A good lunch spot, Lunn’s also offers items such as sandwiches, soup, and meat pies, which are best enjoyed with coffee, tea, or a decadent hot chocolate. 2455 Beacon Ave., Sidney. • Tucked away in the West Sidney business park, Melinda’s Biscotti offers hand-crafted biscotti and coffee. There are currently seven unique flavours and each one is well worth trying. 27-2075 Henry Ave., Sidney, www.melindas • Ooh La La Cupcakes produces exquisite cupcake creations in 14 different whimsically-named flavours, as well as featured flavours each week. Specialty orders of cakes and cupcakes are welcomed at least one week in advance, to suit the needs of every sweet tooth.

9774B Third St., Sidney, www.oohlala • The Red Brick Café’s well-known gourmet pizza is perfect for the pizza lover who craves all the toppings. Sandwiches, soups, salads, and muffins are also created daily and an assortment of warm beverages makes this an ideal place for a lunch or coffee stop. 2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney, www. t h e re d b r i c k c a f e . com. • Situated on a 10 acre farm, the Roost Farm Centre and Bakery is open for breakfast and lunch and offers organic coffee as well as freshly baked goodies made with flour from grains grown and milled on site. They can be enjoyed inside the cosy café interior, outside in the converted vintage bus, or in the garden. 9100 East Saanich Rd., North Saanich, • Located in the heart of downtown Sidney, the Stonestreet Café is a conveniently located lunch or coffee destination. Sit at the counter and peoplewatch while enjoying a warm lunch. 2505 Beacon Ave., Sidney, www.stone • Toast Café makes custom sandwiches on fresh bread and offers salads, wraps, and muffins as well as coffee, tea, and espresso beverages. 101- 2400 Bevan Ave., Sidney.

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• A distinctly Greek restaurant, Maria’s Souvlaki serves a selection of Greek and Mediterranean favourites. 9812 Second St., Sidney. • Zanzibar offers a seasonal lunch and dinner menu with a blend of local and global dishes such as panko sweet and sour red snapper, and asiago cheesestuffed gnocchi. 1164 Stelly's X Rd., Brentwood Bay,



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The Saanich Peninsula is the gateway to exploring Greater Victoria and all of Vancouver Island. It is home to the Victoria International Airport and B.C. Ferries’ Swartz Bay terminal, as well as the smaller Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay ferry, plus the ferry to Anacortes, Wash. Float planes, charter flights, buses and tour packages bring people to this slice of the Island and every year it becomes easier and easier to explore the Peninsula. Fast or scenic, there is a way for everyone to get here. By Sea The most popular and picturesque means of arriving on the Peninsula is through B.C. Ferries’ Swartz Bay terminal that filters millions of passengers every year. Normally, ferries run every two hours from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. but during busy times and summer months, sailings run nearly every hour. For schedule and fare information or to book a reservation, go to or call 1-888-223-3779. The Anacortes to Sidney ferry arrives at the Sidney ferry terminal at 11:10 a.m. daily during the summer months and departs at noon for the return trip to Washington State. Visit for more information. Two other ferries arrive in downtown Victoria, just 30 minutes from Sidney. Black Ball Ferry Line runs the Coho ferry from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Port Angeles, Wash., daily taking passengers and vehicles. And for passengers only, the Victoria Clipper offers high-speed service directly from downtown Victoria to downtown Seattle. Both vessels run all year. For schedule information visit www.cohoferry. com or Private vessels are welcome at marinas all over the Peninsula. For moorage, try Van Isle Marina (, Westport Marina (www.thunderbirdmarine. com/westport-marina.php), Portside Marina in Brentwood Bay and many others. By Air Victoria’s International Airport is located on the Saanich Peninsula just minutes away from downtown Sidney-bythe-Sea. Eight airlines arrive and depart in aircrafts large and small, from major airlines like WestJet and Air Canada, to smaller fleets like Pacific Coastal Airlines and Horizon Air. By Land The many roads to the Saanich Peninsula offer great views easy to navigate alone, or join a tour. Pacific Coach Lines offers daily service, as well as tours to the Peninsula from Victoria and the North Island, and from the Lower Mainland. Visit Public transit is also an easy and inexpensive way of seeing the beauty of the Saanich Peninsula. While express buses whip out to the Swartz Bay terminal and international airport from Victoria, regular service buses wind through small farming communities and seaside neighbourhoods. A great way to experience Sidney and beyond. To view some of the many B.C. Transit route options visit www.bctransit. com or call 250-382-6161.

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Stand at the corner of Beacon and Fourth in Sidney and you’re no more than a block from eight bookstores. It’s no fluke Sidney is dubbed Booktown – the town is brimming with page-turners neatly filed on wooden shelves and stacked on tables both inside the doors of shops and outside, on the wide sidewalks. The Booktown brand is the brainchild of Christine and Clive Tanner, the former owners of a Sidney landmark, Tanner’s Books on Beacon Avenue. After more than a decade of running growing bookshops in Sidney, the two became inspired by a small town on the English-Welsh border. A small marketplace in Powys, Wales boasts more than 30 bookshops of different types and made the small village into an annual destination for many. This inspired the Tanners to create that same calling in Sidney-by-the-Sea. Bibliophiles can easily spend a day perusing the rows of offerings Canada’s Booktown has to offer, from the newest hardcover, to treasured paperbacks, to leatherbound volumes touched by countless palms. For maps and information on Sidney Booktown events visit • Tanner’s Books, 2436 Beacon Ave., the landmark of Sidney’s Booktown was established by the pioneering Tanner family. More than 50 categories of fiction and non-fiction titles, plus magazines, maps and newspapers from across the globe reside here. Also check Tanner’s Bargain Books, 9812 Fourth St. • Beacon Books, 2372 Beacon Ave., secondhand books covering nearly category under the sun, from Canadiana, to children’s books, and antique paperback works of fiction. • The Military Bookshop, 2372 Beacon Ave., tucked below the Old Post Office building is a vast collection of secondhand military books, extolling tales of modern and ancient war, Winston Churchill, aviation and rail transport. • The Children’s Bookshop, 2436 Beacon Ave., from airplanes to zebras and everything in between, the Children’s Bookshop is run by a former teacher’s librarian who specializes in children’s literature. • The Haunted Bookshop, 9807 Third St., Vancouver Island’s oldest bookshop, established in 1947, features old, rare and unusual tomes, as well as recent paperbacks.


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