Sidney Spit - Sidney Island

Aerial photo of Sidney Spit, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada, Sidney Island
Aerial photo of Sidney Spit, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada, Sidney Island

Sidney Spit, at the north end of Sidney Island, is five kilometres (by sea) from Sidney on Vancouver Island. The spit is a sandy, narrow strip of land that stretches into the sea—a beautiful spot to sunbathe or walk along thousands of metres of beach. Located on the edge of the Pacific flyway, Sidney Spit’s tidal flats and salt marshes are often overflowing with shorebirds during the bird migrations of spring and fall.

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The island’s history includes farming and some industry—between 1906 and 1915 the Sidney Brick and Tile Company operated on the island, and pieces of red brick can still be found around the shoreline and underbrush.

The park occupies about one third of Sidney Island, about 400 hectares, including 223 hectares of foreshore. Several hiking trails are dispersed throughout the park, one leads to the former site of the brick and tile company, another leads to Sidney Lagoon (a great spot for bird-watching) and another to the spit’s lighthouse.

Getting to Sidney Island:

Sidney Spit is accessible by boat or kayak year-round. There is also a seasonal walk-on ferry service that leaves from the bottom of Beacon Street in Sidney.


  • walk-in campsites,
  • group camping,
  • picnic tables,
  • hiking trails,
  • drinking water,
  • pit toilets,
  • information shelters,
  • sheltered anchorage (west side of the spit),
  • dock

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