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Aerial view of Tsehum Harbour in North Saanich near Sidney on a sunny day

Sidney, BC


OVERVIEW

Visit the seaside town of Sidney, just a few minutes down the road from Swartz Bay terminal, providing the ideal stop-off before or after you take the ferry. Go on an adventure to see local wildlife, or take a stroll in the town to check out the shops, marina and restaurants. 

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Shaw Centre for Salish Sea

Explore the natural beauty of the Salish Sea Bioregion at a world-class aquarium and learning centre, and find over 3,500 sea animals including a giant Pacific octopus, wolf eels, rock fish, Pacific salmon, and more. See 35 incredible aquarium habitats teeming with marine life and get close to colourful sea stars, urchins, anemones, and sea cucumbers in the shallow pools.

Highlights

  • Enter through a submarine and immerse yourself in a world with over 3,500 animals at the aquarium representing 160 species from the Salish Sea.
  • Get up close to colourful sea stars, urchins, anemones, and sea cucumbers in the shallow pools.
  • Learn about marine mammals and see a rare, fully intact killer whale skeleton and other marine artifact displays.
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Nearby cities

House boats at Fisherman

Victoria

Visit the lush and beautiful oceanfront city of Victoria. The city is rich in British heritage, has the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and is home to the historic BC Parliament Buildings. You can enjoy lots of water and land activities, and taste a variety of craft beers and fresh seafood.

Known as the Garden City, Victoria is always in bloom and has one of the mildest climates in Canada—perfect for a trip any time of the year. 

Aerial view of stone path through garden beside marina at Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa near Victoria

Brentwood Bay

Visit the rapidly growing village of Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Inlet, a 30-minute drive north of Victoria, to enjoy waterfront restaurants, relaxing strolls along the bay and a warm, welcoming community.  

Cowichan Bay Marina at dusk with remaing sun shining off boats on Vancouver Island British Columbia

Cowichan Bay

The waterfront fishing village of Cowichan Bay sits at the head of a beautiful and natural harbour, which is the main focal point of the town, where shops, cafés, galleries and homes float on the water. Dine out on some of the best seafood in the area, relax in waterfront cafés, or take part in a variety of water activities. 

Father and son swinging on a rope swing at Mystic Beach near Sooke

Sooke

Drive along the Pacific Marine Circle Route (Highway 14) to the picturesque seaside town of Sooke on winding, scenic coastline roads, past beautiful beaches, rainforest and parks. Relax at one of many local beaches and parks, or take part in a variety of land or sea outdoor activities.


 
 
 

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