Sidney one of Canada’s best kept secrets

When an interesting work opportunity came up for my husband on the Saanich Peninsula, we decided to move to the Island.

Both in our mid fifties, we had never set foot in Sidney but knew it as a retirement community on Vancouver Island.

Although we were concerned that Sidney might be a bit quiet for us, its proximity to the office and the ferry made it our first choice.

We’re delighted we made that choice.

Sidney’s access to the natural environment is exceptional.

On one of our first weekends here, we hopped on our bikes for an early morning ride.

Less than 10 minutes later we were riding along beautiful country roads with no one in sight.

We have since enjoyed wine and cider tasting, sampling fresh farm goods and endless spectacular scenery on our bikes.

We have also rented kayaks at the Cannery Building to tour around the Little Group islands. And on a daily basis, we enjoy the seaside trail for running and walking.

Many of our family and friends have visited from all across Canada and ‘get’ what we have been telling them about this paradise.

They are all as surprised as we were at the vibrant retail community and the wonderful local options for food and drink.

We have encouraged spending on Beacon Avenue without difficulty.  Our most recent visitors never did make it into Victoria, in spite of their original plan to do so.

In our opinion, Sidney is for all ages and it’s one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. It has a tremendous opportunity.

Let’s focus on positive stories and positive steps to move us forward.

Let’s make your businesses and properties the best they can be – people will flock to our town.

Nancy Balcom




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