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Sidney Spit
One of the true jewels of Sidney and of Saanich Peninsula has to be Sidney Spit. Only a 20-25 minutes ride aboard the MV Alpine II takes you from the foot of Beacon in Sidney over to some of the best beach areas in British Columbia.

Gulf Islands National Park
Designated as part of the now Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Sidney Spit has overnight camping available as well as moorage buoys if you're cruising here by boat.

Beautiful View of the San Juan Islands
If you enjoy hiking, Sidney Spit has a short (2 km!.25 mile) "loop" trail that takes you through the campsite area, bird estuary and beaches facing the beautiful San Juan Islands.

Sidney and James Islands
There is a further trail that takes off for 7 km (11.7 miles) towards the southern end of Sidney Island with views of James Island. Sidney and James Islands are both unique in that they are gravel islands formed when the most southern point of the glacier age started retreating.

Hike Sidney Spit
The hike out to the end of the Spit takes around 30 minutes at a brisk walk. Remember the tide does change if your going to stay a the light beacon for a while. Not a big deal but you might have to take your shoes off to cross a changing beach.

MV Alpine II
The ferry does have a schedule that usually ends during the first week in September. If you're just staying the day, make sure you bring a watch so you can check the time to return. The crew of the MV Alpine II are very helpful as they blow the whistle upon arrival at the dock and have good memories of the people they meet.

Very Limited Facilities
There is a picnic area on Sidney Spit if you would like to eat there. One thing to remember to bring to Sidney Spit is a supply of drinking water. There are taps with water available but you're advised not to drink it. There are also very limited facilities with pit-only toilets. Also, remember to 'bring out what you bring in' keeping with the park theme of ecology.

Offshore Boat Moorage Available if you're cruising here
Offshore Boat Moorage


Beach right next to the camping area
Beach at the campground


Tide rising along the spit
Tide rising along the spit


Sidney Spit and it's beautiful beaches
Sidney Spit


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