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Attractions & Things to Do

Experience the Best of Sidney, BC

The Sidney Pier hotel is located on the water in the heart of Sidney BC. When it comes to Sidney attractions and things to do, we're just steps from an array of shops, art galleries and restaurants. Our staff is available to help with booking kayaking and whale-watching excursions, fishing charters and more.  

Sidney is known for its eco-tourism destinations like the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, which offers hiking, biking, bird and whale watching, kayaking and scuba diving. Guests can also explore a range of cultural attractions like the British Columbia Aviation Museum, Butchart Gardens, the Royal BC Museum, the Sidney Museum and much, much more.  

When planning your Sidney, BC adventure, our staff of locals will be happy to share recommendations on popular attractions and fun things to do. We love our town and can’t wait to share it with you! 

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Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Hop on board BC Ferries from the island to the mainland, as well as other hot spot destination points! Services run frequently and daily. Located just 1.5km or 10mins from the hotel.

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BC Transit

Bus stops conveniently located a 5 min walk from the hotel to take you direct downtown Victoria, the Airport or around Sidney area for just $2.50 per person.

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Victoria International Airport

A short scenic or highway drive (15mins) to and from YYJ Airport

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Sidney / Current Taxi

Prebook your ride with Sidney or Current Taxi. Approx $15 one-way and a quick 15-min drive. Also available to take you to other locations. Bookings recommended.

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Sidney Whale Watching

Pick up a brochure from the lobby with details of an experience of a lifetime whale watching on the Georgia Strait! Whale sightings guaranteed!

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Butchart Gardens

Visit the historic Butchart Gardens year round featuring gorgeous gardens and a cafe, restaurant and gift shop. Brochures available in lobby.

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Shaw Center of the Salish Sea

We have an aquarium next door featuring sea life and ecosystems directly from the ocean right outside!

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Town of Sidney

Our charming little town offers a variety of unique, boutique, locally owned stores and restaurants for those one-off pieces and gifts you can't find anywhere else!

Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

Sea Cider is a farm-based cidery located on the Saanich Peninsula just minutes from Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Our ten-acre farm is home to over 1,300 apple trees, made up of over 50 varieties of heritage apples.