The Town of Sidney
"Sidney by the Sea" as it is affectionately known, currently
has a population of just over 10,000 people. Because of its climate,
natural amenities and friendly community character, Sidney's fastest
growing age group is in the 65 and over category. Sidney has established
trend-setting laws requiring the provision of adaptable housing
for persons with disabilities. Sidney is under the jurisdiction
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In an effort to maintain
population balance, the municipality has approved single family
developments that cater to younger people
and attempt to make housing more affordable. Sidney has extensive
waterfront walkways, parks, restaurants and marinas. The Panorama
Leisure Centre provides indoor tennis, ice arena and pool and
will soon offer squash and racquet courts. The Glen Meadows Golf
Country Club and the Ardmore golf course serve golf enthusiasts.
There is daily ferry service to Anacortes, Washington, U.S.A.
Sidney is less than two kilometres away from the Victoria International
Airport, three kilometres from the B.C. Ferry Terminal to Vancouver
and only 25 minutes away from downtown Victoria.
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