When arriving and departing Victoria, BC either by air or a BC Ferry to the mainland, you’ll pass by the quaint city of Sidney (or Sidney-by-the Sea). I strongly urge you to make the short drive back there while you’re in the area and check it out!
In addition to being known as ‘booktown’ (see post), Sidney also boasts some great shops, restaurants and a beautiful sea-side walk with interesting and unique sculptures spaced along the way.
Before or after your walk, consider stopping for a frosty beverage on the patio at the Rumrunner Pub! Such a great view!
Sidney’s Waterfront Walkway
Sidney’s Waterfront Walkway is approximately 2.5 km long and offers a flat, barrier-free surface as you stroll along the oceanfront.
All along the waterfront walkway you will find benches and picnic tables, beautiful gardens and stunning views of Sidney Island, Mount Baker and more!
Beginning at the north end, the walkway takes you past Port Sidney Marina, Beacon Park and the wharf at the end of Beacon Avenue.
Continue onwards past Diver’s Beach, the fishing pier and Eastview Park. For those wishing a longer walk, continue past the Sidney/Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Tulista Park and on to the recently refurbished Lochside Drive section of the walkway, which features an upper and lower path and many benches.
Tulista Park features a playground, boat launch, wheelchair accessible washrooms and plenty of free parking.
There is also a picnic shelter with barbecue, a large grassy area and lots of benches and picnic tables.
The walkway stops at the Sidney/North Saanich municipal border on Lochside Drive. As the walkway passes Weiler Avenue, there is a 1.2km link westward to the Victoria Airport Authority’s 10km-long Flight Path walking/biking trail.
The Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk opened to the public in the summer of 2012.
It begins in Beacon Park and continues along the waterfront walkway south towards the Sidney International Ferry Terminal. This magnificent outdoor art gallery uses the majestic scenery of Mount Baker and the Salish Sea as its backdrop.