Sidney, British Columbia

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, rhinoceros auklet, pigeon guillemots, murrelets, three species of cormorants, and several gull species, including the unusual Heermann's gull. One of Sidney's most famous residents is the bald eagle which has nested continuously in 'Beaufort Grove' for twenty-five years. In summer large numbers of great blue herons gather in Roberts Bay (part of Shoal Harbour Sanctuary) to feed on the abundant small fish. A variety of songbirds (towhees, American robins, Bewick's (Bewick's wren) and winter wrens, bushtit (American bushtit)s, chickadees etc.) are found in back yards, along with the common northwestern crow, and introduced species such as the common starling and house sparrow. The airport lands around Sidney are the only place in North America where the beautiful song of the European skylark (Skylark) can be heard. Marine mammals include the ubiquitous harbour seal and the small harbour porpoise. Occasionally gray whales and killer whales can be seen from Sidney's waterfront. Marine-adapted river otter (North American river otter)s are common coastal inhabitants, along with raccoon, and mink. Adjacent woodlands and farmlands are home to the small, shy black-tailed deer. In recent years, the introduced, invasive eastern grey squirrel (Eastern gray squirrel) has become abundant. The waters around Sidney once supported a large sports fishery, based largely on Chinook salmon, along with ground fish such as ling cod, and various rock fish, or ''Sebastes'', but overfishing and poor management have greatly reduced the sports fishery. Also, ecological change and the decline of critical forage species such as the Pacific herring and the sand lance have had significant impacts on the larger predators, including salmon, killer whales and seabirds. Many of the common fish species and other marine fauna can be seen at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre on the Sidney waterfront. Flora Sidney is situated within the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, one of the most restricted ecosystems in Canada, dominated by large Douglas firs, along with its most distinctive species, the ''Arbutus'' and Garry oak in drier exposures, and the aptly named big leaf maple, and western red cedar in damper sites. Deciduous trees include the black cottonwood (balsam poplar), Douglas maple, red alder, Pacific dogwood, bitter cherry, Pacific crab apple (crab apple), cascara, quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), hawthorn (Crataegus) and several species of willow. Coastal areas contain several unique plant communities including sea asparagus, salt grass and eelgrass, documented by the renowned botanist and explorer, John Macoun, after he retired as curator of the National Museum in 1912. Many non-native plants also occur, including many invasive species such as English ivy, Scotch broom, laurel-leafed daphne (Daphne laureola), Himalayan blackberry, chicory, Queen Anne's lace, and red clover. Long-established exotic trees include London plane, horsechestnut, flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata), flowering plum (cherry plum), Norway maple, sycamore maple, Japanese maple, catalpa and tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). In recent years the American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Freeman maple and Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) have become very popular. Gallery of Sidney File:Caution Aggressive Nesting Crows sign.jpg Advisory sign posted during nesting season of northwestern crow, with Sidney Town Hall in background. File:Northwestern Crow on Sidney, British Columbia, Town Hall lawn.jpg Northwestern crow on Sidney Town Hall lawn. Image:FreemanMaple.JPG Freeman maple at Mary Winspear Centre. Image:WinspearePlanetree.JPG London plane at Mary Winspear Centre. Image:Tulip tree on Bevan Avenue, Sidney BC Oct 2012.jpg Tulip tree Image:Red_Maple_Crimson_Shadow.JPG Red maple Image:Shoalsweetgums.JPG American sweetgum Image:Sidneynorwaymaple67.JPG Norway maple at Sidney Town Hall; a commemorative tree planted in 1967. Image:SidneyMarket.JPG The Sidney Summer Market is held on Beacon Ave. late every Thursday over the summer. Image:Sidneygray.JPG Grey squirrel (Eastern gray squirrel) Image:Butteryhorsechestnut.JPG Common horsechestnut References


debut single

Columbia Victoria , British Columbia is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was born on May 25, 1990. Her debut single, "Take Me Home" "Time for Me" was released in 2004 and her debut album, ''Take Me Home'' followed on January 25, 2005 by Warner Music Canada. '''Brentwood Bay''', is a small neighbourhood in the municipality of Central Saanich (Central Saanich, British Columbia), on the Saanich Peninsula. It lies north of the city of Victoria, British


distinctive species

waterfront. Flora Sidney is situated within the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, one of the most restricted ecosystems in Canada, dominated by large Douglas firs, along with its most distinctive species, the ''Arbutus'' and Garry oak in drier exposures, and the aptly named big leaf maple, and western red cedar in damper sites. Deciduous trees include the black cottonwood (balsam poplar), Douglas maple, red alder, Pacific dogwood, bitter cherry, crab apple


site important

recognized site important to a variety of seabirds and waterfowl. Sidney has its own local history museum, the Sidney Museum and Archives, which features displays about the history of the surrounding Peninsula as well as numerous temporary exhibits. As home to the Victoria International Airport Sidney also hosts the British Columbia Aviation Museum which features displays, artifacts, restored historical aircraft and an ongoing vintage aircraft restoration workshop. During the summer, Sidney hosts a very popular street market on Thursday evenings on the main street (Beacon). "Sidney days" is another popular event that occurs at the beginning of July. To celebrate, Sidney has a parade, a popular build-a-boat contest, a small fair and fireworks in the evening. In the winter, Sidney has a holiday parade as well as a lighted sailpast boat parade. Sidney has many dining places including Greek, Thai, Chinese and west-coast restaurants. Sidney is officially Canada's only booktown, with 12 bookstores. It also has almost as many coffee joints and cafes to sit and read in. Sidney has a well maintained boat ramp (Slipway) for trailerable (Boat trailer) boats with a dock (Dock (maritime)) for queuing up, it is located next to the Washington state ferry terminal. Physiography thumb right Maintenance of drainage systems is essential in the heavy clay soils which underlie most of Sidney. (Image:SidneyClay.JPG) Almost all of the land within Sidney's boundary is either flat or very gently sloping, providing a topography which is favourable for the town's elderly people. Most soils are clayey, and poorly drained in their natural state. In some parts of town, this clay is overlain by deposits of sand and gravel which are well drained. Climate Sidney enjoys a cool Mediterranean climate (Csb) with year-round mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. Most years see very little snow. Daily temperatures seldom climb above 31 °C, or dip below -7 °C. In the mildest winters, minimum temperatures stay above -3 °C. Damaging winds are less frequent than in most other maritime areas of Canada. Fauna The environs of Sidney provides habitat for a diverse array of fish and wildlife, both terrestrial and marine, coming and going with the seasons. For this reason it is a growing mecca for bird watchers, whale watchers, scuba-divers and eco-tourism. Undoubtedly, Sidney's most famous inhabitant is the handsome bufflehead featured prominently on its coat of arms. The bufflehead is just one of many species of waterfowl that overwinter in Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, one of the oldest marine sanctuaries on the west coast. Sidney overlooks Sidney Channel Important Bird Area, an internationally recognized site of major importance for many species of seabirds such as common murres, rhinoceros auklet, pigeon guillemots, murrelets, three species of cormorants, and several gull species, including the unusual Heermann's gull. One of Sidney's most famous residents is the bald eagle which has nested continuously in 'Beaufort Grove' for twenty-five years. In summer large numbers of great blue herons gather in Roberts Bay (part of Shoal Harbour Sanctuary) to feed on the abundant small fish. A variety of songbirds (towhees, American robins, Bewick's (Bewick's wren) and winter wrens, bushtit (American bushtit)s, chickadees etc.) are found in back yards, along with the common northwestern crow, and introduced species such as the common starling and house sparrow. The airport lands around Sidney are the only place in North America where the beautiful song of the European skylark (Skylark) can be heard. Marine mammals include the ubiquitous harbour seal and the small harbour porpoise. Occasionally gray whales and killer whales can be seen from Sidney's waterfront. Marine-adapted river otter (North American river otter)s are common coastal inhabitants, along with raccoon, and mink. Adjacent woodlands and farmlands are home to the small, shy black-tailed deer. In recent years, the introduced, invasive eastern grey squirrel (Eastern gray squirrel) has become abundant. The waters around Sidney once supported a large sports fishery, based largely on Chinook salmon, along with ground fish such as ling cod, and various rock fish, or ''Sebastes'', but overfishing and poor management have greatly reduced the sports fishery. Also, ecological change and the decline of critical forage species such as the Pacific herring and the sand lance have had significant impacts on the larger predators, including salmon, killer whales and seabirds. Many of the common fish species and other marine fauna can be seen at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre on the Sidney waterfront. Flora Sidney is situated within the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, one of the most restricted ecosystems in Canada, dominated by large Douglas firs, along with its most distinctive species, the ''Arbutus'' and Garry oak in drier exposures, and the aptly named big leaf maple, and western red cedar in damper sites. Deciduous trees include the black cottonwood (balsam poplar), Douglas maple, red alder, Pacific dogwood, bitter cherry, Pacific crab apple (crab apple), cascara, quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), hawthorn (Crataegus) and several species of willow. Coastal areas contain several unique plant communities including sea asparagus, salt grass and eelgrass, documented by the renowned botanist and explorer, John Macoun, after he retired as curator of the National Museum in 1912. Many non-native plants also occur, including many invasive species such as English ivy, Scotch broom, laurel-leafed daphne (Daphne laureola), Himalayan blackberry, chicory, Queen Anne's lace, and red clover. Long-established exotic trees include London plane, horsechestnut, flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata), flowering plum (cherry plum), Norway maple, sycamore maple, Japanese maple, catalpa and tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). In recent years the American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Freeman maple and Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) have become very popular. Gallery of Sidney File:Caution Aggressive Nesting Crows sign.jpg Advisory sign posted during nesting season of northwestern crow, with Sidney Town Hall in background. File:Northwestern Crow on Sidney, British Columbia, Town Hall lawn.jpg Northwestern crow on Sidney Town Hall lawn. Image:FreemanMaple.JPG Freeman maple at Mary Winspear Centre. Image:WinspearePlanetree.JPG London plane at Mary Winspear Centre. Image:Tulip tree on Bevan Avenue, Sidney BC Oct 2012.jpg Tulip tree Image:Red_Maple_Crimson_Shadow.JPG Red maple Image:Shoalsweetgums.JPG American sweetgum Image:Sidneynorwaymaple67.JPG Norway maple at Sidney Town Hall; a commemorative tree planted in 1967. Image:SidneyMarket.JPG The Sidney Summer Market is held on Beacon Ave. late every Thursday over the summer. Image:Sidneygray.JPG Grey squirrel (Eastern gray squirrel) Image:Butteryhorsechestnut.JPG Common horsechestnut References


construction manufacturing

- colspan "2" '''Total Aboriginal population''' '''250''' ''' - colspan "2" '''''Total population''''' '''''11,010''''' '''''100%''''' Labour force Sidney is mainly an industrial town, with most people working in the construction, manufacturing, and warehousing fields (26%). Retail accounts for approximately


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, rhinoceros auklet, pigeon guillemots, murrelets, three species of cormorants, and several gull species, including the unusual Heermann's gull. One of Sidney's most famous residents is the bald eagle which has nested continuously in 'Beaufort Grove' for twenty-five years. In summer large numbers of great blue herons gather in Roberts Bay (part of Shoal Harbour Sanctuary) to feed on the abundant small fish. A variety of songbirds (towhees, American robins, Bewick's (Bewick's wren) and winter wrens, bushtit (American bushtit)s, chickadees etc.) are found in back yards, along with the common northwestern crow, and introduced species such as the common starling and house sparrow. The airport lands around Sidney are the only place in North America where the beautiful song of the European skylark (Skylark) can be heard. Marine mammals include the ubiquitous harbour seal and the small harbour porpoise. Occasionally gray whales and killer whales can be seen from Sidney's waterfront. Marine-adapted river otter (North American river otter)s are common coastal inhabitants, along with raccoon, and mink. Adjacent woodlands and farmlands are home to the small, shy black-tailed deer. In recent years, the introduced, invasive eastern grey squirrel (Eastern gray squirrel) has become abundant. The waters around Sidney once supported a large sports fishery, based largely on Chinook salmon, along with ground fish such as ling cod, and various rock fish, or ''Sebastes'', but overfishing and poor management have greatly reduced the sports fishery. Also, ecological change and the decline of critical forage species such as the Pacific herring and the sand lance have had significant impacts on the larger predators, including salmon, killer whales and seabirds. Many of the common fish species and other marine fauna can be seen at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre on the Sidney waterfront. Flora Sidney is situated within the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, one of the most restricted ecosystems in Canada, dominated by large Douglas firs, along with its most distinctive species, the ''Arbutus'' and Garry oak in drier exposures, and the aptly named big leaf maple, and western red cedar in damper sites. Deciduous trees include the black cottonwood (balsam poplar), Douglas maple, red alder, Pacific dogwood, bitter cherry, Pacific crab apple (crab apple), cascara, quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), hawthorn (Crataegus) and several species of willow. Coastal areas contain several unique plant communities including sea asparagus, salt grass and eelgrass, documented by the renowned botanist and explorer, John Macoun, after he retired as curator of the National Museum in 1912. Many non-native plants also occur, including many invasive species such as English ivy, Scotch broom, laurel-leafed daphne (Daphne laureola), Himalayan blackberry, chicory, Queen Anne's lace, and red clover. Long-established exotic trees include London plane, horsechestnut, flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata), flowering plum (cherry plum), Norway maple, sycamore maple, Japanese maple, catalpa and tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). In recent years the American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Freeman maple and Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) have become very popular. Gallery of Sidney File:Caution Aggressive Nesting Crows sign.jpg Advisory sign posted during nesting season of northwestern crow, with Sidney Town Hall in background. File:Northwestern Crow on Sidney, British Columbia, Town Hall lawn.jpg Northwestern crow on Sidney Town Hall lawn. Image:FreemanMaple.JPG Freeman maple at Mary Winspear Centre. Image:WinspearePlanetree.JPG London plane at Mary Winspear Centre. Image:Tulip tree on Bevan Avenue, Sidney BC Oct 2012.jpg Tulip tree Image:Red_Maple_Crimson_Shadow.JPG Red maple Image:Shoalsweetgums.JPG American sweetgum Image:Sidneynorwaymaple67.JPG Norway maple at Sidney Town Hall; a commemorative tree planted in 1967. Image:SidneyMarket.JPG The Sidney Summer Market is held on Beacon Ave. late every Thursday over the summer. Image:Sidneygray.JPG Grey squirrel (Eastern gray squirrel) Image:Butteryhorsechestnut.JPG Common horsechestnut References


people working

- colspan "2" '''Total Aboriginal population''' '''250''' '''


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ferry service between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. As the ferry system expanded and started to service other small coastal communities, BC Ferries had to build more vessels, many of them in the first five years of its operations, to keep up with the demand. Another method of satisfying increasing demand for service was BC Ferries' unique "stretch and lift" program, involving seven vessels being cut in half and extended, and five of those vessels later cut in half


cherry

waterfront. Flora Sidney is situated within the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, one of the most restricted ecosystems in Canada, dominated by large Douglas firs, along with its most distinctive species, the ''Arbutus'' and Garry oak in drier exposures, and the aptly named big leaf maple, and western red cedar in damper sites. Deciduous trees include the black cottonwood (balsam poplar), Douglas maple, red alder, Pacific dogwood, bitter cherry, crab apple

-leafed daphne , Himalayan blackberry, chicory, Queen Anne's lace, and red clover. Long-established exotic trees include London plane, horsechestnut, flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata), flowering plum (cherry plum), Norway maple, sycamore maple, Japanese maple, catalpa and tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). In recent years the American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Freeman maple and Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) have


education public

. Education Public schools serving Sidney residents are operated by School District 63 Saanich. These include Sidney Elementary School, North Saanich Middle School, and Parkland Secondary School. Sister city On June 30, 2008 the Sidney Sister Cities Association and the town of Sidney, BC declared the twinning of Sidney and Niimi, Okayama, Japan (Niimi, Okayama). This was Sidney's third sister city, following Cairns, Queensland, Australia (Cairns) and Anacortes, Washington

Sidney, British Columbia

thumb right Typical condominium architecture in Sidney. (Image:Sidneycond.JPG) thumb right This single-family house in Sidney features a collection of Arecaceae palm (Image:SeveralSidneypalms.JPG)s, including Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei). '''Sidney''' is a town located at the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, on Vancouver Island in the Canadian (Canada) province of British Columbia. It is one of the 13 Greater Victoria municipalities. It has a population of approximately 11,583. Sidney is located just east of Victoria International Airport, and a few kilometres south of BC Ferries' Swartz Bay Terminal (Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal). The town is also the only Canadian port-of-call in the Washington State Ferry (Washington State Ferries) system, with ferries running from Sidney to the San Juan Islands and Anacortes (Anacortes, Washington). Sidney is located along Highway 17 (British Columbia Highway 17), which bisects the town from north to south. It is generally considered part of the Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia) metropolitan area.

The town west of Highway 17 (also called the Pat Bay Highway) has a mixture of single-family residences and light industry. The majority of the town is located east of highway 17. Single-family units are also present east of the highway, but the eastern sector also has many condominium-type buildings, plus most of the service and retail outlets. The island-studded Haro Strait, part of the Salish Sea forms Sidney's eastern boundary. There is a large boating and marine industry in the area, ranging from marinas to boatbuilders and marine suppliers.

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