Around the Peninsula
Click on the heading for each entry to take you to their website.
Are you looking for a family doctor?
Shoreline Medical has a clinic in Brentwood Bay and a clinic in Sidney. If you do not have a family doctor and live on the Saanich Peninsula, you are welcome to sign up on the website. This way you will be notified when the clinic is taking on new patients.
Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation provides information about the services offered at the hospital. Volunteers are often needed and they have amazing community events.
Civic, Cultural and Local
The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, the center offers classes, art shows, and events throughout the year. Shows in the art gallery change every few weeks so its worth stopping by many times.
This is a community-based, non-for-profit agency. This wide range of programs and services covers health, family, training and employment, adult recreation, housing, and volunteer opportunities. The Shoal Centre for Seniors is affiliated with this agency and provides a hub for the senior (plus 50) community.
This site includes ferry schedules and reservation information. If you plan to travel to the Gulf Islands, it is worth buying a BC Ferries Experience Card. The card gives you a 30% discount on travel to the Gulf Islands. If you plan to use the Mill Bay Ferry out of Brentwood Bay, you can buy discounted tickets at Thrifty’s Foods in Sidney. Tickets with discounted senior rates are also available.
August 2022 - Sidney is getting a boost of cool with the opening of two new craft breweries, a handful of new hip bakeries, and a smattering of sophisticated farm-to-table restaurants.
If you love flowers, trees and beautiful spaces this is the place for you. An annual membership is about the cost of2 visits and gives you unlimited access to the gardens. This price also includes the concert series in the evenings in July and August. From February 1 to March 15yh the gardens are open between 9 am and 4:30 pm. The Poppy Restaurant is transformed into the garden’s “Spring Prelude.” Also, on offer for spring is a historical display in the former Butchart family residence.
Open to all women. An opportunity to develop new friendships and contribute to the local community. Monthly speaker meetings, various interest groups, and support for local and international educational initiatives for women. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org www.cfuwsaanichpeninsula.org
This website gives you a wealth of information on things to do, events, where to eat, where to shop, where to hike, and much more. For example, you can download a map for self-guided historical walking tour of Sidney’s outdoor sculpture and art. Or you can get information on the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary with links to some of the birds seen in this area.
Meet on the lst and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Shoal Centre at 6:30 pm. The Kiwanis Club is committed to serving the children of Sidney and Saanich Peninsula.
PALS has been organized to maintain past connections and facilitate new ones, primarily among graduates of the Peninsula Newcomers Club. All graduates, former and current members of the Peninsula Newcomers Club are eligible to join PALS. There is no membership fee. Members receive a description of the group ( including information on joining, transferring or starting an activity), a membership list, and a current activity list with convener contact information. If you wish to be included on the PALS membership list, and/or join a PALS activity, please send a request to email@example.com.
Click here to link to the PNC Members Facebook page.
For all your fitness needs, visit this center at 1885 Forest Park Drive in North Saanich. The facility houses a 25-meter salt purification swimming pool with six lanes, a multi-use leisure pool, sauna, steam room, waterslide, 2 skating arena, a weight room with cardio and strength equipment, plus indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball and squash courts. Classes are also given in art, music, dance, computers, cooking, language, and sports.
Are you dealing with pain or dysfunction? Would you like to prevent injury? Kym Tribe is the owner of KT Physiotherapy and believes strongly in helping her patients remain active and live high quality lives. She has additional training in manual therapy, IMS (dry needling), soft tissue work, concussion, whiplash, vertigo, pain science, and seniors care. KT Physiotherapy has a fully equipped gym and offers direct billing to most major insurance companies (including ICBC).
Come and get your pickleball on! Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong using a paddle and plastic ball with holes. It is a game that is appropriate for players of all ages and skill levels. Rules for pickleball are simple, making it a great introductory sport. It can also be quite a challenging, fast-paced, and competitive game when people become more experienced at playing. Watch this you tube video here to learn all about it.
A club for retired professional and business people (men and women) to enjoy fellowship. Monthly speaker meetings as well as various interest groups and planned excursions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in listening to or being part of a local radio station: Radio Sidney is the voice of the Saanich Peninsula. Broadcasting out of Brentwood Bay, it brings local arts, culture, news and events to the community. Run by volunteers, the station plays the music of local musicians and world-renowned artists. Also, featured are live-chat shows, sports and First Nation programming. Check it out!
Volunteer fixers will be on hand to help you with your repairs! Items such as clothing, furniture, costume jewelry, bicycles, small appliances, tool repair, sharpening, electrical, computers, all can be fixed at this one stop shop. Don't miss out. Don't buy new. You can repair what you have. Visit the Repair Cafe website for more information about times and dates.
Meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre. If you are passionate about creating positive change, then attend one of their weekly meetings as a guest. Discover how you can help us create lasting change in communities around the world.
Sea Cider Farm is hosting a LOCAL FOLK FAIR Summer Market Series, featuring 20+ hand-picked local food + drink + farm + artisan vendors. Enjoy Live Music, a Creative Play Station, Silent Disco Yoga, EIR Mobile Acupuncture + a FREE Workshop at every Market!
Open 10 am to 4:30 pm, this public aquarium is the learning center for the Salish Sea. An annual membership gives you unlimited access to the aquarium and the lecture series. This is a good place to learn about our unique ocean environment. Think about becoming a volunteer.
“The club is a fun, action-oriented and eclectic group of people who care.” For further information contact Steph at 204.227.2165, Stephanie@YourLifeUnlimited.ca, or Amanda 250.304.5244, email@example.com for more information. Sidney by the Sea Rotary welcomes you to be their guest and Stephanie or Amanda will happily accompany you.
This small museum on Beacon Avenue collects and preserves historical artefacts from the Sidney and North Saanich communities. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum features rotating monthly displays.
The mission of Sister Cities International is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.
Our Statement of Purpose is as a committee and in association with the Town of Sidney, to promote greater understanding and respect between the citizens of the Saanich Peninsula and Anacortes, USA; Cairns, Australia and Niimi, Japan (and any future sister cities) by enriching the cultural and economic resources of each city through the planning and implementation of programs that foster mutual understanding respect and good will.
We are a group of fun people who like to dip in the ocean weekly. We meet on Tuesday mornings at the Lochside and Frost crossroad in Sidney at 7:30am (depending on the sun); everyone (and their dog) is welcome. You can find the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page: The Aquanuts.
Sole Sisters Advanced Foot Care offers medical foot care services by specially trained licensed practical nurses. We offer mobile foot care in the comfort of your own home, or in our weekly foot clinic in Sidney, BC. Our nurses work with a wide range of people and medical conditions that may affect the feet. We can help with conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, diabetic foot monitoring, and more!
We are now accepting new patients in Sooke, the Westshore, and from Broadmead to the Peninsula! For more information or to book an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (250) 858-2121 or (250) 893-3676.
The Peninsula Tennis Club is a great resource for when a tennis player is new to the area and keen to play tennis and meet new people. We welcome new members and require a minimum level of 3.5 to join.
www.sidney.ca. This website give you access to information such as the history of Sidney, emergency services, things to do in the area, and town hall meetings. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for Sidney’s Emergency Services. Sidney has partnered with North Saanich and Central Saanich to bring public safety alerts to the residents of Saanich Peninsula. Alerts are sent for events such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and evacuation notices. To receive these alerts, you must register with Saanich Peninsula Alert: www.ermadvantage.com
Ukranian Refugee Help - Posted February 24, 2023
Today marks the sombre one year anniversary of the Russian war on Ukraine. Volunteers have been involved in helping some refugees settle into the Nanaimo area – helping with obtaining drivers licenses, moving furniture, some paperwork, etc. Right now there are a lot of Ukrainians coming to Canada because the temporary visa program CUAET is closing on March 31. In the last three days NGO Help Ukraine Vancouver Island has had at least 70 people who have just arrived on the Island requesting help. People are landing in Canada, desperate for safety and a future, only to wind up sometimes living on the streets. Most people coming to Canada are women and many have children – men are conscripted into the Ukrainian Army to fight.
There is a need, even for brief temporary housing, and for donations to pay for temporary housing, to try to help people land on their feet when they step off the plane. It is life changing for the person being assisted and for the person helping. There is some media coverage on this: ‘Nowhere to go’: Help Ukraine Vancouver Island sees 300% rise in people seeking aid
If you have a room or any accommodation or ability to donate, please consider getting in touch with Help Ukraine Vancouver Island
For the men in your life! VRMNC’s aim is to help men in the Victoria Region integrate into the community by providing opportunities to meet with others with common interests and experiences by participating in a variety of social and recreational activities.
This organization provides women in need with the help they require, from offering a safe place to stay, counselling, support and referrals. It also offers volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer Victoria inspires and raises new generations of volunteers; supports volunteer led organizations, groups, and projects; provides tools and training; and creates opportunities that do not exist anywhere else in Greater Victoria.
This group brings together 100 women in Saanich Peninsula who care about local community causes and who are committed to community service for just one hour every three months. At the quarterly meetings, members jointly select a local charity or not-for-profit organization and each member writes a $100 cheque to the selected organization.
5450 Patricia Bay Highway. 250 658 8812.
The garden center is just south of Sayward Road. They have a large selection of annuals and perennials as well as pots and garden tools.
4290 Blenkinsop Road. 250 721 2140.
This nursery has a large outdoor area for trees and shrubs and a covered bedding plant greenhouse of almost 7000 square feet. It excels in its selection of ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials. Their selection of garden supplies is based on the requirements of gardening on the island. You’ll find fertilizers, soils and all the supplies you need for this climate. They offer an amazing selection of hellebores, hands-on-workshops, information seminars, displays, prizes and more Check the website for details.
6536 West Saanich Road. 250 652 8338.
Patio Gardens has been in the Saanich community for over 15 years and is known for its beautiful hanging baskets. They specialize in plants for patio gardens but also have trees, shrubs, potting soil, fertilizer and more. The staff is skilled, experienced and passionate about gardening. Sign up for their newsletter and be the first to know about their specials, workshop and events.
8512 West Saanich Road, North Saanich. 250 652 9602.
The Peninsula Flowers Nursery has over 50 varieties of container grown bamboo. They also specialize in conifers, hostas, Japanese maples, windmill palms, bonsai and bonsai containers.
2078 Henry Avenue, Sidney
For your soil, gravel, mulch and compost needs, check out Peninsula Landscape Supplies. They also stock a variety of aggregate and ornamental slate. The retail store has grass seed, fertilizer, garden tools and a large assortment of garden ornaments.