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
over to some of the best beach areas in British Columbia.
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.
View of the San Juan Islands
If you enjoy hiking, Sidney Spit has a short 2 km (1.25 mile) loop
trail that takes you through the campsite area, bird estuary and
beaches facing the beautiful San Juan Islands.
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.
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.
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.
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.