Sidney is a picturesque waterfront community. It offers shopping, restaurants, art galleries, nine bookstores, parks, and waterfront walks framed by spectacular ocean and mountain views. Sidney is fully accessible with curb-cuts for wheelchairs and audible traffic signals on the main street.
There are many attractions nearby. One is the world-famous Butchart Gardens; this 55-acre gem will be celebrating its 100th year in 2004. At Butterfly Gardens you can stroll among hundreds of exotic butterflies flying free. The BC Aviation Museum has interesting aircraft, engines, pictures, models and artefacts. If you'd like to go on a whale-watching excursion or try sea kayaking, contact Sea Quest Adventures. If you come a bit early, on Thursday evenings the main street of Sidney is closed to traffic for a summer market of foods and crafts. Take the 25-minute passenger ferry to Sidney Spit Marine Park, where you can hike, picnic on the white-sand beaches, and enjoy a variety of wildlife. On the waterfront are the Sidney Whale Museum, the Marine Ecology Station, and Mineral World. And beautiful Victoria is less than half an hour from downtown Sidney; see the Touring Nearby Cities page.
So make plans now to join us for the 52nd ELNA Convention in Sidney!
More information and maps for Sidney, Victoria, and Vancouver Island, are available at the VancouverIsland.com site.