Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Southeast

by Jodi Baker on October 8, 2014

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.

 

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Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Northeast

by Geoff McLean on September 24, 2014

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.

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Goldstream

by Jodi Baker September 10, 2014

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 […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Happy Valley

by Geoff McLean September 3, 2014

Happy Valley is a rural agricultural and residential neighbourhood in south Langford, bordering on the municipality of Metchosin.  This neighbourhood contains agricultural lands (ALR designated) as well as residential developments and has a distinctly friendly, laid back country atmosphere. As one of Langford’s oldest neighbourhoods, Happy Valley is home to several unique farming ventures such […]

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Victoria BC – One of the Friendliest Cities in the World!

by Jodi Baker August 27, 2014

If you’re considering moving to Victoria BC, here’s some interesting news for you.  Victoria BC was voted one of the friendliest cities in the world in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers.  In fact, of the top ten (or eleven actually, there was a tie for tenth position), Victoria placed 3rd… now that’s impressive! We […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Bear Mountain

by Geoff McLean August 13, 2014

Bear Mountain is a luxurious residential and resort neighbourhood in Langford, near Victoria BC.  Located on the slopes of Skirt Mountain, this neighbourhood boasts the only Jack Nicklaus designed 36 hole golf course among its many fine amenities. This lavish planned community has experienced some ups and downs, but looks to be back on track […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Florence Lake

by Jodi Baker August 6, 2014

Florence Lake is a peaceful semi-rural to rural neighbourhood in Langford, one of the west shore communities of Victoria BC.  This area provides great access to outdoor recreation for residents of the Capital Regional District. Around a good part of Florence lake Strachan Trail meanders, with one section wandering off into the woods before returning […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods

by Geoff McLean July 30, 2014

The City of Langford is centrally located within Victoria BC’s Western Communities, flanked by The City of Colwood, the District of Metchosin,  the Town of View Royal, the District of Highlands and the Juan de Fuca electoral area. Langford has undergone rapid growth recently, the commercial center as well as outlying areas have seen an […]

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Victoria Neighbourhoods – Oaklands

by Jodi Baker July 16, 2014

Tucked into the northeast corner of Victoria proper is the lovely neighbourhood of Oaklands.  Named for the wonderfully gnarly Garry Oak trees sheltering our homes and parks, this neighbourhood is popular with families who want to live near the city. Hillside Mall is a large commercial centre located in Oaklands and there are several, smaller […]

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Victoria FUN Camps for Kids and Teens

by LivingInVictoriaAdmin July 2, 2014

Please welcome a guest writer to our blog!  We know that you are looking for new adventures for your children this summer, and Cedar Luke from FUN Camps in Victoria has written to tell us all about the philosophy behind their summer programs.     We all co-inhabit this marvellous world, sharing and appreciating the […]

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