Posted On May 18, 2021 By In Regulars With 49 Views


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My Apologies
What’s in a Name? Plenty! And yours truly bungled an important one in the April column. I know this name but “old habits die hard.” So, just to set the record straight, the name of the Aquarium in Sidney is The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Since we’re on the subject, the Centre is currently exploring ideas about the future of the organization and looking for feedback through “Imagine our Future.” See the website and take the survey at

A Step Towards Healing
McDonald Campground in North Saanich received a new name, or rather an old name was returned as the park was officially renamed SMONEĆTEN (pronounced smaw nitch tun). The name comes from the local SENĆOŦEN language and means “fir pitch place” as the site was once a place to collect the sap from Douglas fir trees to start fires, patch canoes, heal wounds and light lanterns by W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations people.


Sister Act
June 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of a Sister Cities Agreement between the Town of Sidney and the City of Anacortes Washington. Since that time in 1996, our respective communities have shared art shows, celebrations, Town Criers, visiting dignitaries and more. The two communities have developed a close connection that has been highlighted by several campaigns to ensure the continuation of the Anacortes ferry run, our “Ferry Between Friends.”

Into the Wild Water
Local artist and writer Gwen Curry has published a beautiful and telling coffee table book about the Broughton Archipelago, B.C.’s largest marine park, situated at the mouth of Knight Inlet near the north end of Vancouver Island. The book, Converging Waters, features stunning images by photographer Dan Hillert and delves into the history of the Archipelago as well as the plight of the orcas, whales, salmon and forests of this amazing area. Converging Waters is available at Tanner’s Books.


Shredding It
Rotary Club of Sidney By the Sea hosted a Spring Paper Shredding Event on April 24. Community members had their confidential papers shredded at this environmentally friendly fundraiser. Thanks to the volunteer workers and the generous community support, over $6,000 was raised and will be used to support local community organizations.

Creating Your Happy Place!
Now, more than ever, making your home your happy place is important and that is exactly what Hayley Jackson at Viane Designs and Styling will do for you. Located at 6755 Wendonna Place in Brentwood Bay (by appointment only), Hayley specializes in interior design, decorating, styling and organizing. Contact Hayley at 250-538-7750 and check out her website at


A Taste of Italy
The Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge has a new name and menu. Next time you step inside (or for now, onto the patio) you will be dining at Riva, an Italian-themed restaurant serving pasta, bruschetta, calamari and other Italian favourites. In English, Riva means “on the seashore,” a fitting name for this popular restaurant located along the water at the end of Beacon Avenue.

On the Move
Seaside Magazine’s very own Sue Hodgson will take up the mantle of Publisher for the Peninsula News Review starting June 15. (No worries, she will still be carrying on in her role as publisher and owner with Seaside.) Dale Naftel, the PNR’s publisher since 2018, will move over to the Oak Bay News beginning June 1. Congratulations to both Dale and Sue!


Horsing Around
Donna Friedlander, Owner of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, is happy to announce the return of the Tally-Ho & Sea Cider Picnic Experience that will run until the end of September. In the shadow of last year’s tourism industry shutdown, Tally-Ho collaborated with other Central Saanich businesses to create an amazing, Covid-safe experience. The tour begins at Fresh Cup Roastery Café, with a specialty coffee. Carriages then travel through the countryside and ocean vistas to Sea Cider, where they enjoy a flight of cider and an amazing lunch prepared by Truffles Catering. The tours are so popular that the Central Saanich Council recently voted unanimously to install hitching posts in Saanichton Village to support this new agri-tourism opportunity. For details, visit



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