Sidney is a sea-side community located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria.
With the mildest weather in Canada, we are a year round tourist destination with many wonderful activities to explore. Our pedestrian friendly downtown offers an excellent variety of stores, specialty shops, restaurants and businesses providing unique products and personalized service. Sidney is Canada's only Booktown where you can enjoy many hours of browsing through new and used books in a large number of bookstores. The Town is full of culture and entertainment and enjoys hosting many special community events, such as: Sidney Days/Canada Day Celebrations; Summer Street Markets (Thursday Nights, May 15 to August 28); Sidney Fine Arts Show and ArtSea Festival; and Lighted Boat Sail Past & Santa Parade. Sidney is a wonderful place to visit and live, providing a high quality of life and a friendly, receptive atmosphere.