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McDonald Park is a very attractive, wooded campground facility located a short distance from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, just off Highway 17 on the Saanich Peninsula. The park conveniently serves travellers inbound or outbound from Vancouver’s Tsawwassen Terminal.

Although you’ll find a lot of marine traffic swirling around the area during the day, in the evening the pulse slows to a sleep-inducing rhythm, especially once the last ferries have sailed or docked for the night.

The 20-hectare McDonald Park has a campground that is tucked in between the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17) and the shoreline of Canoe Bay. Although the location doesn’t guarantee complete privacy, it admirably suits most travellers’ purposes. With its eastern exposure, you’re sure to be roused by sunrise.

There are 50 vehicle accessible sites and 6 walk-in sites. Facilities at the park include pit toilets, water and picnic tables. The park is accessible for the disabled. Campsite reservations can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (www.pccamping.ca/parkscanada/) or by phone at 1-877-737-3783. Note that the park can be fully booked during the summer season.

Recreational activities in the park are limited, but access to nearby Sidney is easy. A pleasant ferry ride to Sidney Spit Marine Park provides numerous outdoor natural attractions.

McDonald Park is located north of Victoria on Southern Vancouver Island. McDonald Park is a part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, one of Canada’s newest national parks. The park protects a portion of British Columbia’s beautiful southern Gulf Islands – a landscape of rocky headlands, forested hills and shorelines studded with colourful tidepools. The park resembles a patchwork quilt of protected lands scattered over 15 larger islands, and many smaller islets and reefs.

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Cedarwood Inn & Suites
9522 Lochside Drive Sidney BC V8L 1N8 Home Phone: 250-656-5551Work Fax: 250-656-1551Work Phone: 1-877-656-5551Visit Website

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Set among award-winning gardens in a quiet, residential area of Sidney-By-The-Sea, The Cedarwood provides waterfront accommodation with a difference. We are close to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and within walking distance to the San Juan Islands ferries. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker. Just five blocks away, there are restaurants, cafés, banks, shops and grocery stores.

Cedarwood also boasts the unique Lasqueti Island Cottages, located on the Sidney property. These four log cabins were the original units at The Cedarwood in Sidney in 1949! Guests will enjoy the patina of naturally aged wood interiors and the views across our raised gardens to the ocean. The cottages have two TVs, an updated bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and one bedroom featuring a king-sized bed, with a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room.

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Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites
9775 First Street Sidney BC V8L 3E1 Home Phone: 250-656-1131Home Fax: 250-656-9396Work Phone: 1-888-656-1131Visit Website

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The Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites in charming Sidney by the Sea is conveniently located at the foot of Beacon Avenue, 20 minutes from Victoria, close to Butchart Gardens, BC Ferries (Vancouver), and Victoria International Airport, and only two blocks from the Anacortes Ferry (Washington). Ten Deluxe accommodations and 26 Standard rooms and Suites. Superb ocean views from your balcony, only feet from the ocean. Spa, Waterfront Restaurant, Liquor store, Whale Watching, and Kayak and Diving Adventures are all available on site.

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Sidney Whale Watching
#105, 2537 Beacon Avenue Sidney BC V8L 1Y2 Home Phone: 250-656-7599Work Phone: 1-888-656-7599Visit WebsiteVisit Blog

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Sidney Whale Watching offers whale watching and wildlife sightseeing Tours and charters for killer whales (Orcas), sea birds, seal colonies, and other marine life. Three to three and a half hour tours start right from Sidney’s waterfront, near the highest percentage of Orca sightings and porpoise and dolphin feeding grounds. The seas in Sidney are much calmer than Victoria or Vancouver due to it being protected by the Gulf Islands. Waterfront kayak tours, kayak rentals, and kayaking lessons. Five minutes from ferry terminals and airport, with free airport and ferry pick up.

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