Top things to do in Saanich Peninsula & Around

Top Choice Gardens in Brentwood Bay

Butchart Gardens

Far more than just another pretty flower arrangement, Butchart is a national historic site and a triumph of early-20th-century gardening aesthetics. With its well-tended blooms, ornate fountains and diverse internat…
Top Choice Books in Sidney

Haunted Books

An agreeably Dickensian bookstore stuffed to the rafters with random busts, faded old maps, a grandfather clock and piles of dusty old tomes. Despite its name, Haunted’s eclectic book collection extends way beyond g…
Distillery in Sidney

Victoria Distillers

The ambitious manufacturers of Victoria Gin have branched into vodka, whiskey and beyond. The distillery relocated to Sidney in 2016 and now inhabits a fancy new waterside facility. Take a 45-minute tour and spend s…
Gardens in Brentwood Bay

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

These gardens offer a kaleidoscope of thousands of fluttering critters, from around 75 species, in a free-flying environment. As well as watching them flit about and land on your head, you can learn about ecosystem …
Farm in Sidney

Sea Cider

A rustic farmhouse and cider producer where tours, samples and ocean views are available, this is a tasty pit stop if you're a red-nosed cider fan. The 10-acre farm utilizes apples from its own orchard and three-sam…
Cafe in Sidney

Beacon Cafe

A steadfastly local corner cafe with a few regal touches. The chairs owe a nod to the elegant ‘Louis Quinze’ epoch while the mantlepiece pays ceramic homage to the British royal family with Jubilee mugs and royal we…
Aquarium in Sidney

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Sidney's kid-luring highlight, this aquarium is accessed through a dramatic Disney-style entrance that makes you think you're descending below the waves. Then you'll step into a gallery of aquatic exhibits, includin…
Books in Sidney

Tanner's Books

You can easily spend a leisurely afternoon perusing the selection at this cavernous corner bookstore with its large array of magazines and comprehensive travel-book section. Tanner's also organizes evening book read…
Books in Sidney

Beacon Books

A multi-room town-center bookstore piled high with used books, all guarded by a house cat that may or may not let you stroke her (probably not). Look out for the collection of vintage postcards, then send one home, …
Thai in Sidney

Sabhai Thai

A cozy locals' favorite with a bonus patio and a good line in authentic curry dishes and pad Thai. The lunch combos ($11 to $13) are good value and include rice and spring rolls.