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Overview of Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

Sidney is one of British Columbia's best keep secrets. The city is a bustling seaside community while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. If you are looking for fun, relaxation, or some world-class sightseeing, Sidney is where you want to be.

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  • Population: 11,404 (2001)
  • Area: 5.04/km²
  • Population Density: 2262.7/km²
  • Latitude: 48°39?02?N
  • Longitude: 23°23?54?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Sidney, British Columbia

. In 1891, the Township of Sidney, named after the island and channel, was incorporated by the Brethour family. Five hundred acres of land owned by four of the Brethour brothers, was registered as the Township of Sidney. By the close of 1892, there was a general store, a post office, a boat building shop and a hotel. The name "Sidney" apparently came about when Julius Brethour, who became the first president of the Victoria and Sidney Railway in 1893, was asked the question concerning a name for the site. "Brethour, looking across the water saw Sidney Island directly opposite, 'It will be called Sidney', said Mr. Brethour." Sidney continued to grow as pioneer families moved into the area, and businesses flourished. Sidney was incorporated as a village on September 30th, 1952, and has enjoyed steady growth since.

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Sidney's Demographics

Sidney is mainly an industrial town, with most people working in the construction, manufacturing, and warehousing fields. There is a large retail section of town, although it only accounts for approximately 10% of the employment.

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Sidney's Climate

Sidney enjoys a cool Mediterranean climate with milt temperatures year round and moderate rainfall. It snows very little. Daily temperatures seldom climb above 31°C, or dip below -7°C.

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Education in Sidney, British Columbia

Sidney is part of School District 63 and has an elementary school, students are bused to surrounding cities to attend secondary schools.

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Transportation around Sidney, British Columbia

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Tourism and Attractions of Sidney

Sidney offers unique shopping, recreational facilities, parks and recreation ideal for people of all ages as well as excellent dining, arts and culture and year round events. Sidney offers visitors plenty to do and see during their stay. Be sure to explore Sidney's unique galleries, gift stores, antique shops, and much more.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Sidney
  • North Saanich
  • Swartz Bay
  • Ardmore
  • Bazan Bay
  • Brethour

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Geography of Sidney, British Columbia

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Sidney's Government

The governing body of Sidney is the Sidney Town Council, which consists of a Mayor and six Councillors that represent the city as a whole. Regular Council meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Sidney's Economy and Industry

Sidney is a very industrial town, construction, manufacturing, and warehousing fields being the most popular.

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Sidney's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Sidney, British Columbia

The Peninsula Minor Hockey Association is popular in the Sindey area.

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Media of Sidney

The Peninsula News Review, a local newspaper, keeps the residents of Sidney informed on local and world news and current events.

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