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The Family’s Afternoon in Sidney

Year round, Sidney is a great place to bring your family for the afternoon. There’s plenty to explore, like the BC Aviation Museum, where you can sit in the cockpit of a war plane. Or, you can just kick back with popcorn and a movie at our famous Sidney Star Cinema theatre.

In summer, take a dip in the pool at Panorama Rec Centre, or cool off at Iroquois water spray park, which is equipped with change rooms and washrooms. There’s also a putting green, tennis/pickleball courts, duck pond, walking trails and playground.

Across the street, Tulista Park offers an enclosed playground, new skateboard park, beach volleyball court and the ArtSea art gallery. Brought your boat? There’s a boat launch right next to Tulista park; or, you can put in your kayaks anywhere along the waterfront.

For a fascinating peek beneath the waves, head to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, where you can get up close to some of the diverse species of fish, aquatic plants, and invertebrates that enrich the area’s rich, coastal watershed.

Afterwards, head to Seaglass Beach or any of the beaches that dot the shoreline around town, and explore on your own. In summer, bring your swimsuits and floating toys; in winter, spring and fall, bring something warm to wear and rubber boots for wading. Even in the rain, the beaches are fun to explore.

Fancy a little more adventure? If your family loves to cycle, bring your bikes to circumnavigate the 9.3 km airport bike trail, or test your skills at the North Saanich Freeride Park (open seasonally). Hikers can explore Horth Hill, John Dean Park, or even just take a stroll along the trail overlooking Pat Bay.

You’ll probably get hungry after so much exploring! Sidney is full of family friendly restaurants, pubs and cafes. For a full restaurant listing, click here!