Sidney by the Sea, north of Victoria BC divides neatly into 4 neighbourhoods along the axis of Beacon Ave and the Pat Bay Highway. In the Northeast quadrant lies (appropriately!) Sidney Northeast.
The southern portion of this neighbourhood is largely commercial, as it follows the town’s main drag, Beacon Ave. There is a quaint, small town atmosphere to Sidney. The friendly streets are peppered with bookstores and the relaxed feeling of many seaside communities.
A few blocks north of Beacon Ave you’ll find an established residential neighbourhood, with housing ranging from apartment or condo style housing to single family homes. One of the advantages of living in a small town like Sidney is the walkability factor. Everything is reasonably close, so you don’t have to own a car. When you need to visit Victoria or catch a ferry at Swartz Bay there is a robust transit system to get you where you need to go.
Perhaps you would forgo car ownership in favour of owning a boat of some sort; there are 2 marinas within the Sidney Northeast neighbourhood:
- Van Isle Marina, on Harbour Rd. at the northern tip of the neighbourhood – visit their site, or
- Port Sidney Marina, further south, near the town centre – see here.
Sidney Northeast Schools
Children living in Sidney may attend:
- Sidney Elementary School – visit site
- North Saanich Middle School – see here, or
- Parkland Secondary – click this, which offers a specialized sports academy and an innovative marine program.
Goldstream is a very diverse neighbourhood in Langford, one of the west shore communities near Victoria BC. Diverse because the corridor that Goldstream inhabits stretches from almost the centre of Langford, with a vibrant commercial centre where new development has created a bustling village, through to a world famous provincial park cradling the innermost reaches of the Saanich inlet where the wilderness and natural beauty are absolutely breathtaking.
The commercial centre of Goldstream Village has undergone a serious makeover in recent years and the beautification project has created a new atmosphere that is welcoming and where business thrives.
At the other end of Goldstream, you’ll find the quintessential west coast experience, where mountains clothed in conifers slope steeply down to the ocean. The Goldstream River flows through a narrow valley, emptying into the inlet through the filter of a serene salt marsh.
Goldstream Provincial Park protects this incredible habitat and allows visitors to get up close and personal with nature. Generations of Victoria’s schoolchildren have made the annual pilgrimage to Goldstream each fall to witness the spawning salmon, a sobering and fascinating lesson in the circle of life. As the salmon finish out their life cycle the eagles move in, providing an excellent opportunity to study these fierce raptors.
Goldstream Park also contains miles of hiking trails, a campground that is open year round, and educational programs at the Goldstream Nature House.