Vancouver Island Bucket List - What to do on Vancouver Island
VANCOUVER ISLAND - Where to Next?
Sidney Pier beacon park

Sidneys’ Beacon Ave

shopping icon
walk icon
View point icon

Sidney

Complete your vacation and take in some charm at this perfect Oceanside town

Activity:
Shopping, Park
Difficulty:
Easy
Location:
Sidney
Time:
1hr +
Distance:
1km +

Activity:

shopping icon
walk icon
View point icon

Accessibility:

Family access icon
wheelchair access icon

Where to this weekend, Vancouver Island: Stroll Down Beacon Ave Towards the Peaceful Waterfront on the Shoreside Community of Sidney British Columbia

Don't Get Lost — Stay Safe

The town of Sidney is located only a few kilometres from the Victoria airport and the ferry terminal. Home to various shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as a beautiful pier that offers stunning views of the Vancouver Island coastline. Making it the perfect stop on your way out after a great Victoria vacation.

Sidney’s main shopping district is found along Beacon Ave and is a great place to visit any time of the year. Park your car at one of the public parking lots and wander down Beacon Ave towards the waterfront, passing stores, restaurants and cafes.

You can head north or south along the waterfront walkway discovering restaurants, beaches and boardwalks.

 

Beacon Ave

The Charm of Sidney BC, it’s easy to spend hours walking up and down Beacon visiting all the local stores and boutiques. We have compiled a list of some of the best places to stop.

Sidney Coffee shops and Bakeries

Art galleries on Beacon Ave

Antique Stores

Bookstores

 

Waterfront Walkway North

Beacon Park South

  • Glass Beach – Small beach next to Beacon Ave Pier. Take a few steps down onto the beach and you will see people sifting through the fine gravel picking out small bits of sea glass for their collection.
  • Divers Point – Take a seat between the two piers and enjoy the view at one of the picnic tables or benches. 
  • Sidney Fishing Pier – Fishing, crabbing and enjoying the salty air. 
  • Waterfront Walkway – Looking to get your steps in? Keep walking south along the Sidney shore through parks, around the US ferry terminal all the way to Lochside Waterfront Park.

 

Indoors

If it’s the weather isn’t cooperating, check out this list of indoor options in the area.


Public Washrooms
Beacon Ave public washrooms are on 4th st and just off Beacon Ave behind Tanners Books. Located at the Military display tank and airplane

Rent a motorcycle 3
The best way to immerse yourself in everything the area has to offer is to choose your own adventure on whatever style of mot...
6c
Step into a tropical jungle just outside Victoria. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens is located close to Butchart Gardens and is...
gulf island multi day paddle tour
EXPLORE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK RESERVE! An introduction to paddling & navigating in a coastal environment. Get ready ...
6b
Vancouver is remarkable—the nature at its doorstep even more so. Experience it for yourself on this 4-day private tour, your ...
Rent this bright red pickup truck outfitted with a rooftop tent in an open field, the tent partially unfolded against a backdrop of forest and blue sky, with FarOut Wilderness branding and contact details on the vehicle
Discount Code - VIBL5 - Use our custom discount code to save 5% when booking your overland truck rental. Pick your dates for ...
DISCOVER MORE
the best spots directly in your inbox

Unsubscribe anytime. For more details, review our Privacy Policy.

Gear Tips For Vancouver Island

THE NORTH FACE women's waterproof antora jacket sq
THE NORTH FACE Women's
Waterproof Antora Jacket
North face mens antora Rain Hoodie black sq
THE NORTH FACE Men's
Antora Rain Hoodie
Helly Hansen Mens seven J waterproof rain coat sq
Helly Hansen Men's
Breathable Rain Coat
Polygon 32 oz waterbottle sq
32oz Water Bottle
for Fitness and Outdoor
Osprey Sportlite 20 Hiking Backpack sq
Osprey Sportlite 20
Hiking Backpack
adventure first aid kit
Adventure Medical Kit
Ultralight and Watertight

When you’re gearing up for an outdoor adventure on Vancouver Island, the key is to dress in layers, no matter the season. The island’s weather can throw curveballs, with conditions varying significantly from the sheltered forests to the breezy coastlines.

For those cool winter escapades, your go-to should include quality rain gear, topped off with a cozy beanie or toque, and a pair of light gloves to keep the chill at bay.

Summer explorers, don’t be fooled by the warmer temps; that same waterproof shell that kept you dry in the winter will be your best friend against the cool ocean breezes.

Remember, the right clothing and gear can make or break your outdoor experience on Vancouver Island, ensuring you enjoy every moment, come rain or shine.

Don't Get Lost — Stay Safe

Vancouver Island Guides & Maps
snorkelling Adventures Vancouver Island
Snorkelling Adventures Around Vancouver Island
lonely planet
Vancouver & Victoria - Lonely Planet
adventure road map
Vancouver Island Folded Map
Back road maps
Backroad Map - Vancouver Island

Discover new places and find your way around Vancouver Island. Many areas do not have cell service so maps and guidebooks can be very helpful for the curious.

6b
Vancouver is remarkable—the nature at its doorstep even more so. Experience it for yourself on this 4-day private tour, your ...
6c
Step into a tropical jungle just outside Victoria. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens is located close to Butchart Gardens and is...
Rent this bright red pickup truck outfitted with a rooftop tent in an open field, the tent partially unfolded against a backdrop of forest and blue sky, with FarOut Wilderness branding and contact details on the vehicle
Discount Code - VIBL5 - Use our custom discount code to save 5% when booking your overland truck rental. Pick your dates for ...
gulf island multi day paddle tour
EXPLORE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK RESERVE! An introduction to paddling & navigating in a coastal environment. Get ready ...
Experience The Area
The View from the Loss Creek Suspension bridge high in the air looking out at the Juan de Fuca Strait
Hiking Icon
suspension-bridge-icon

Loss Creek Suspe...

Access to the Loss Creek Suspension Bridge taking you down through the forest along the Juan de Fuca Trail
The British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria are captured on a clear day, with the Canadian flag fluttering atop a tall flagpole. The grand stone facade and green copper-domed roofs stand out against the blue sky, while visitors enjoy the well-manicured gardens and the promenade along the harbour front.
capital-building-icon-hot-tub
flower icon

BC Parliament Bu...

Discover the BC Parliament Buildings. Explore stunning architecture and gardens. Uncover tips for a visit to this iconic Victoria landmark
Sitting lady falls in winter
Hiking Icon
Beach Icon
Waterfall icon
Picnic Icon

Witty's Lagoon

Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is a day of adventure and wonder. Waterfall, Beaches and hikes.

Did we miss something?
Have more to add?

Original Author:

Modified: December 6, 2023
Last Visit: October 9, 2022

Thank you for visiting – I hope you found the information you were looking for at VIBL (Vancouver Island Bucket List) please continue to discover all of the great places that makes Vancouver Island so great! 

Where to Next?

Join Our Bi-Weekly Newsletter

Includes lesser known hikes, stories & more

Unsubscribe anytime. For more details, review our Privacy Policy.

Pack Out:
We love Vancouver Island and want to keep the natural beauty. Please respect the places you visit and pack out what you pack in and leave the area better than when you arrived. We all know how much trash can spoil an experience and the environment, so please help us keep it clean!

Wildlife:
Vancouver Island is a land of natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Please be aware of your surroundings and take the usual precautions for personal and wildlife safety.
Black bears, cougars and even wolves are common on Vancouver Island for more on Wildlife Safety Click Here 

Tide and Seasonal Safety:
Changing seasons and tides can have a drastic effect on most locations on Vancouver Island. Please be cautious as the information in this post may vary depending on the time of year and weather. Make sure to check for current weather and tide information before you make your journey! Click here for the tides in your area. 

Be aware of ocean currents before swimming, paddle boarding or kayaking.

Land Acknowledgement:
We would like to acknowledge the land we appreciate daily within the 50 First Nations that make up the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Nuu chah nulth, and Kwakiutl–the first peoples of Vancouver Island .

Disclaimer:
The information on this website should not be taken as accurate, complete or up-to-date. Please check and look into the information yourself. We do not assume any liabilities for the use of this information. It is unreasonable to rely solely upon the information from this website. 

Submit a change suggestion:

max of 4 images
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email