Walking & Cycling in Sidney by the Sea

Sidney is a great place to explore as a pedestrian or cyclist due to the community’s mild winters and flat terrain. There are also several dedicated pathways outlined below.

In 2023, the Town of Sidney approved its first Active Transportation Plan. Plans are now underway to implement priority projects.

When planning a route to explore Sidney, be sure to check out Sidney’s Public Beach Access points, which add awe to neighbourhood strolls and bike rides.


Waterfront Walkway - Pedestrian Only

Sidney’s Waterfront Walkway is approximately 2.5 km long and offers stunning views of the Gulf Islands and Mount Baker.

There are benches and picnic tables to take a break along the path, and the chance to pop into cafes, restaurants and shops where path intersects with Beacon Avenue – the heart of Sidney’s vibrant downtown. Sculptures along the walkway provide additional points of interest and beauty. The walkway itself is accessible to mobility devices.

Please note: Access points at Mt Baker Ave and Henry Ave include stairs.

KELSET (Reay Creek) - Pedestrian Only

The forested trail in KELSET (Reay Creek) stretches from Canora Dr to Peter Grant Park bordering the community’s only salmon-bearing stream.

This peaceful trail takes about 20 minutes to complete on foot and serves as an excellent place to connect with nature and birdwatch.

The Flight Path

The Flight Path is a 9.3 km multiuse pathway that circles the Victoria Airport, stretching from Sidney to North Saanich with views of the Saanich Inlet.

The paved route includes opportunities to stop at a playground or grab a bite to eat at nearby cafes and restaurants. The path is punctuated by interpretive signs that capture the history of the airport and surrounding lands.

Lochside Trail

The Lochside Trail is one of Sidney’s key north-south cycling corridors and also accomodates pedestrians.

The paved pathway is maintained by the Capital Regional District and stretches from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal in North Saanich to Victoria where it connects to the Galloping Goose Trail near Uptown Shopping Centre.