The Southeast quadrant of Sidney by the Sea is another lovely oceanside neighbourhood where fresh marine air and beautiful sunrises greet those who live and work there. Located just a short drive north of Victoria and close to both the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, the Sidney Ferry Terminal (sailing to Anacortes in Washington State) and Victoria International Airport, Sidney is popular with folks who wish a little distance from big city living and easy access to transportation options.
Much like the Northeast section of Sidney, the Southeast contains a mix of commercial and residential properties. The main commercial corridor runs along Beacon Avenue from the waterfront to the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17) and housing for Sidney’s lucky residents sits just south of the town.
Nestled up against the junction of the Pat Bay Hwy and Beacon Ave is the Mary Winspear Centre, a state of the art event, conference and theatre facility housing:
- The Charlie White Theatre
- Bodine Family Hall
- The Ledbetter Board Room
- Myfanwy Pavelic Gallery
- Several smaller meeting rooms, and
- Blue Heron Park.
The Mary Winspear Centre is truly one of Sidney’s jewels and a wonderful venue for community gatherings as well as being a destination that brings in events and economic activity from elsewhere.
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.