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Sidney, Saanich Peninsula to Victoria

Updated: Feb 6

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure on the Saanich Peninsula? Let me share with you some exciting tourist tips that will help to make your journey amazing!


Whether you're looking for a tranquil getaway or an active day by the ocean, you'll find it here. On a days’ excursion you’ll discover a new adventure around every corner.


The Saanich Peninsula extends north from Victoria 20 miles (32 kms) toward the charming town of Sidney By-the-Sea. At the northern tip of the peninsula is the Swartz Bay BC Ferry Terminal, and YYJ Victoria International Airport.

The countryside has a rich agricultural heritage where rural farms, country estate homes, and urban lifestyles share the land in harmony. Hobby farms offer fresh in-season fruits, vegetables, and flowers, jams & jellies, sweet honey, farm-fresh eggs, poultry, cheese, and baked goods all available at the roadside. Consider this a drive-thru island style!


First up, the renowned Butchart Gardens. This world-famous destination is a must-visit with its stunning displays of vibrant flowers and meticulously manicured landscapes. It’s a paradise for nature lovers and photographers looking to capture a Zen moment on tranquil pathways, and blissful fountains. You simply cannot miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Eden here.

And just down the road your jungle adventure awaits in the tropical rain forest at Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Watch all the ants marching 2x2 in their insectarium exhibit and the kids will love the scavenger hunt while you experience the curiosity of thousands of free flying butterflies.


Outdoor recreation activities are plentiful either on the surrounding lakes or the calm inlets and islands. You can enjoy hiking, canoeing, fishing, crabbing, you can play a round of golf, or disc golf, and there’s over 100 kms of bike trails along The Galloping Goose Trail.


Now, let's talk about beaches. The Saanich Peninsula boasts some of the most picturesque coastal spots in British Columbia. Whether you're looking to relax and soak up the sun or enjoy an adventurous day paddleboarding and ocean kayaking you'll find it here. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for collecting sea glass, observing playful seals, and taking in the spectacular views. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Baker towering above the shores of Washington USA.

There's something for everyone.


If you're a wine, beer, or cider enthusiast, you're in luck! It’s all about the ries… Wineries, cideries, breweries, distilleries. There are seven wineries and 2 cider houses on the peninsula nestled among the rolling hills. Here you can indulge in some delicious tasting sessions and sample a variety of fine wines or crisp ciders, and Sidney is home to several craft breweries. It's the perfect way to unwind and savor the flavors of the region. Cheers to that!


When it comes to dining, the Saanich Peninsula has an abundance of incredible restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines to welcome visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood delicacies, farm-to-table creations, or international flavors your taste buds are in for a treat! You’ll find it all here from cozy cafes to family-friendly hotspots, and fine dining options. It’s a delicious way to spend the day! Guaranteed you won't be disappointed.


Now, let’s talk about the hidden gems. Sidney is home to some fantastic boutiques, thrift shops and bookstores. If you love hunting for vintage finds or travelling on a budget the thrift stores are a treasure trove of distinct finds at bargain prices. Sidney is Canada’s only Booktown with all shops and galleries within a short walking distance, as well the area boasts a charming boutique shopping district.


The Waterfront promenade is home to The Sidney Sculpture Walk with more than 13 different original works of art. It is here you’ll find the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (aquarium and learning centre), Port Sidney Marina, jet-ski tours, whale-watching adventures, the ferry to Sidney Spit Marine Park, and Victoria Distillers a copper pot distillery that produces award-winning spirits.


In conclusion, the Saanich Peninsula is a tourists dream and if you’re able to call the area home then lucky you!


From the breathtaking Butchart Gardens to the charming wineries, beautiful beaches, delightful restaurants and cafes, and fabulous galleries, boutiques, book and thrift shops, there's never a dull moment here. So, pack your bags, get ready to explore and prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure on the Saanich Peninsula!



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