The ocean in our back yard

To help you find your inner Jacques Cousteau, our Marine Concierge is here to assist with all the eco-adventures that are at our doorstep. Take in whale watching, sea kayaking, sailing, open water diving, or interpretive First Nations canoe excursions. From wet-suits to paddles, we have all the details covered.

Whale Watching / Eco-Marine Adventures

Sidney and outlying Gulf and San Juan Island are magical for whale watching/eco-marine adventures! Seasonal May-October trips every day at 10am, 1:30pm, 5pm.
For the current schedule, view the Sidney Whale Watching site »


Butchart Gardens

Your visit to the Saanich Peninsula would not be complete without a visit to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Established by the Butchart family in 1904, the magnificent 55-acre Butchart Gardens has become internationally famous for its beautiful Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Italian Garden and Japanese Garden. The year-round estate of floral display, meandering paths and expansive lawns, features summer entertainment every night and an impressive fireworks show every Saturday night throughout July and August. A short 20 minute drive from The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa.

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Get your feet wet and learn about local marine life in the Salish Sea at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Explore and discover the amazing diversity of life in the Strait of Georgia. The Ocean Discovery Centre inspires all generations to explore and cherish a dynamic ecosystem and ignites a passion for learning in a stimulating environment.


Sidney is renowned as Canada’s only Booktown, one of only a handful in the world. Sidney’s nine bookstores feature a browser’s bounty of new, second-hand, vintage and specialty books with thousands of unique titles and categories to choose from – all within easy walking distance of each other.

The Saanich Peninsula

Things are always happening on the Peninsula; from fine art shows to country markets, there is something to inspire and entertain everyone. Visit MyPeninsula before your next visit.

Cycle the Peninsula