If you’re still thinking about your big summer adventure, you might consider kayaking the San Juan Islands, and using Beacon Avenue as your home base.
First of all, never venture out onto the the open water in a kayak or any other watercraft without proper training and proper equipment, notably a life jacket and safety equipment that will help you out if you get in trouble. It’s also important to be aware of tides, currents, shipping lanes and everything else.
We recommend you connect with the experts before you do anything else – Chamber members Paddle in the Park Kayaking and Sidney Kayak and Whale Watching are excellent resources. Don’t go out on the water without expert advice!
With that important warning out of the way, why kayak the Gulf Islands? The islands are a beautiful, tranquil part of Canada that really represent a different way of life, and they’re located quite close to Sidney.
In fact, there are many spots around Sidney where kayakers launch for a pleasant day’s paddle. While we’ve actually seen kayakers launch from Glass Beach, right at the foot of Beacon Avenue, another easier spot with excellent parking is along Lochside Drive, just south of Tulista Park.
Another spot to launch that’s a little easier to get down to with a kayak (but does not offer as much parking) is the beach at the north end of 5th Street (just north of where 5th intersects with Amelia) in Sidney. It’s a beautiful sandy beach that’s quite close to the road.
But where to go?
Once again, never go out on the water without training, expert advice, and safety equipment. If you are an experienced kayaker, you may want to try a short trip out to Sidney Spit on Sidney Island, within sight of the foot of Beacon Avenue. Otherwise, the coastline around Roberts Bay provides a protected place to check out the sights of Sidney.
And the things to see if you’re luck! There is one “resident pod” of killer whales that reside in the region, plus harbor seals, sea lions, the occasional elephant seals, porpoises, as well as a large number of resident bald eagles.
Summer is salmon fishing time as well (these salmon are the prime attraction for many of the larger species of wildlife), so you can look forward to excellent seafood, and, if you’re lucky, excellent fishing.
For more information on kayaking and watersports and Sidney, be sure to connect with Chamber members The Natural Coast Sailing Adventures and Island Cruising. Tanner’s Books also has the best collection of nautical maps and charts on Vancouver Island.