SID­NEY CEL­E­BRATES CANADA'S 150TH

Suncruiser West Coast - - Contents - WORDS BY PAULA KULLY www.sid­ney.ca

The coastal com­mu­nity of Sid­ney by the Sea will be cel­e­brat­ing the 150th An­niver­sary of Cana­dian Con­fed­er­a­tion through­out 2017. The Canada 150 Cel­e­bra­tions will pro­vide even more of a rea­son to stop in Sid­ney and spend a few days (or more) on your tour of the Gulf or San Juan Is­lands. A full list­ing of events and ini­tia­tives can be found at www.sid­n­eycel­e­brates.sid­ney.ca but a brief over­view in­cludes:

May & June: Comic Book Su­per­heroes Fes­ti­val – spe­cial ex­hibit at the Sid­ney Mu­seum, Van­cou­ver Is­land Comic Con (June 10th) and out­door screen­ing of “Big Hero 6”, Su­per­hero movies at the Star Cin­ema and guest speaker at the Sid­ney Li­brary June 24: Paint the Town Red & White Street Party

June 25: Chil­dren’s Carnival (af­ter­noon), Din­ner en Rouge (evening)

June 29: Sid­ney Street Mar­ket

June 30: Cul­tural Per­for­mances in Bea­con Park, Fire­works on the wa­ter­front ac­com­pa­nied by Sid­ney Con­cert Band, “To Canada With Love” Trav­el­ing Pav­il­ion

July 1: Canada Day Pa­rade, kids fun fes­ti­val, Slegg Build-a-boat Race

July 2: Grand Open­ing of Sid­ney Skatepark, down­town mer­chants Side­walk Sale

Some of the other reg­u­lar events dur­ing the year in­clude the out­door Sum­mer Sounds Con­cert se­ries that runs ev­ery Sun­day in July and Au­gust in Bea­con Park. In Au­gust, car lovers are in town for the Coast Cap­i­tal Auto Ex­trav­a­ganza Car Show that at­tracts over 10,000 peo­ple. The An­nual Lego Fes­ti­val takes place on the Fam­ily Day week­end in Fe­bru­ary, and there is no place like Sid­ney for Christ­mas; car­riage rides, car­ollers, lights and the Sid­ney Sparkles Santa Pa­rade top off the year. As well, one of the high­lights of the sum­mer is the Sid­ney Street Mar­ket that runs ev­ery Thurs­day night from mid-may to the end of Au­gust (www.sid­neystreet­mar­ket.com). This out­door mar­ket closes Sid­ney’s main street to ve­hi­cle traf­fic and trans­forms it into the most pop­u­lar mar­ket on the Is­land, fea­tur­ing over 150 ven­dors and at­tract­ing up to 5,000 peo­ple a night. You will find ev­ery­thing from fresh grown pro­duce, craft beer, home baked breads and sweets, jew­ellery, a va­ri­ety of art­work, cloth­ing, food, mu­sic and many other unique and in­ter­est­ing sur­prises. Many of

the lo­cal shops, restau­rants and bistros lin­ing Bea­con Av­enue are also open.

Other lo­cal at­trac­tions in­clude The Tulista Art Gallery, the Sid­ney Mu­seum and the Mary Win­spear Cen­tre with a cap­ti­vat­ing First Na­tions Art Ex­hibit and reg­u­lar per­for­mances by pop­u­lar acts. Along the wa­ter­front is the Shaw Cen­tre for the Sal­ish Sea, a year-round aquar­ium and cul­tural cen­tre fo­cused on the amaz­ing ecosys­tem and her­itage of the Sal­ish Sea.

The Town of Sid­ney has a pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 11,500 and has ev­ery­thing you need to re­plen­ish sup­plies. The wel­com­ing, pedes­trian and bike friendly town of­fers kilo­me­tres of wa­ter­front walk­ways, nearby wild is­lands and beaches to ex­plore, well-man­i­cured parks, funky cof­fee shops and book stores, a wide va­ri­ety of restau­rants, and a vi­brant, bou­tique, shop­ping district. With a sub-mediter­ranean cli­mate of warm, sunny sum­mers and mod­er­ate, rainy win­ters, Sid­ney is a year ‘round des­ti­na­tion for fish­ing, boat­ing, kayak­ing, bird watch­ing, whale watch­ing, hik­ing, div­ing or just re­lax­ing.

As the gate­way to Van­cou­ver Is­land, the Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park, Sid­ney Spit Is­land and the San Juan Is­lands, Sid­ney is only a 35-minute drive to his­toric, down­town Vic­to­ria and 15 min­utes to the world fa­mous Butchart Gar­dens. Sid­ney is also a trans­porta­tion hub; it is an easy ten-minute drive to Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the BC Fer­ries Ter­mi­nal while the Sid­ney In­ter­na­tional Ferry Ter­mi­nal to Anacortes Washington is within the town. Bus ser­vice to and from Vic­to­ria and to the Ferry Ter­mi­nal and Air­port is ex­cel­lent and de­pend­able.

Be­van Pier, a 107 m (350 ft) dock, pop­u­lar for fish­ing and crab­bing, is sit­u­ated along Sid­ney’s panoramic wa­ter­front. The pier is bor­dered by an ar­ti­fi­cial reef that at­tracts marine life and of­fers ex­cel­lent div­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Boat­ing traf­fic is ac­com­mo­dated by two, full ser­vice mari­nas that pro­vide long and short-term moor­age op­tions within short walk­ing dis­tance to Sid­ney’s down­town. The town can ac­com­mo­date any sup­ply needs from gro­ceries to hard­ware and pro­vides ex­cel­lent ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions rang­ing from charm­ing B & B’s to a lux­ury, wa­ter­front ho­tel and spa. Port Sid­ney Ma­rina 1-250-655-3711 9835 Sea­port Place Sid­ney, BC V8L 4X3 www.port­sid­ney.com • Lo­cated next to the down­town core

where all ma­jor ameni­ties are avail­able

• Canada Cus­toms port of en­try

• Show­ers & re­strooms

• Power

• Pump Out

• Potable Wa­ter

• Lounge Area

• Laun­dry Fa­cil­i­ties

• In­ter­net Ac­cess

• Ca­ble Ac­cess

• Pet Area

• Garbage Dis­posal & Re­cy­cling

• Yacht Sales

• Yacht Char­ters & Boat­ing Courses

Van Isle Ma­rina 1-250-656-1138 2320 Har­bour Road Sid­ney, BC V8L 2P6 info@vanisle­ma­rina.com www.vanisle­ma­rina.com

• Close to down­town Sid­ney Shop­ping and

ser­vices

• Canada Cus­toms Port of En­try:

1-888-CANPASS

• Fuel Dock

• Marine Store

• Moor­age – an­nual, monthly & nightly

• Elec­tric­ity

• Main­te­nance & Stor­age Fa­cil­ity

• Yacht De­tail­ing: Clean­ing, Wax­ing, Pro­vi­sion­ing & Concierge

• Hold­ing Tank Pump-out

• Restau­rant: Sea Glass Wa­ter­front Grill

www.sea­glass­wa­ter­front­grill.ca

• Show­ers, Wash­rooms, Laun­dro­mat

• Stor­age lock­ers

• Car park­ing

• Launch­ing ramp

• Garbage & re­cy­cling ser­vice

• Dog walk

• Gro­cery store

• Tele­phone/ca­ble­vi­sion

• Free Wi-fi

• Busi­ness Cen­tre

• Mail ser­vice

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