Maryland Park, Sidney-by-the-Sea

Maryland Park

Maryland Park is a small grassy parkland in Sidney’s waterfront neighborhood. It is hidden amongst the homes in the neighborhood. This park can be accessed from pedestrian pathways from Webster Place and Captains Walk.

 

  You can get to Maryland Park from Pat Bay Highway. Turn at Beacon Avenue exit and continue to the lights on Fifth Street. Turn right onto Fifth Street and drive past Tulista Park to Frost Avenue.  Turn right on Frost and then left on Maryland. Continue to the end of Maryland which leads to Webster Place. There is limited parking in the pathway to the park. Alternatively you can park near Captains Walk, off of Lochside Drive, and walk the pathway to the park area.

 

Frost Avenue Park, Sidney-by-the-Sea

Frost Avenue Park is a small neighborhood park in Sidney’s waterfront residential neighborhood. There are  both forested and grassy areas to enjoy. While this park borders on the Pat Bay Highway the vegetation and fencing muffle the sight and noise. This is a dog friendly park.

 

You can get to Frost Park from Pat Bay Highway. Turn at Beacon Avenue exit and continue to the lights on Fifth Street. Turn right onto Fifth Street and drive past Tulista Park to Frost Avenue.  Turn right on Frost and then left on Maryland.  The pathway to the park is from the foot of Frost Avenue. The park is behind the homes and is not visible from the street. There is street side parking near the pathway to the park.

 

Lochside Waterfront Park, Sidney-by-the-Sea

This long waterfront park has a lovely walkway with access points to the beach and waters of the Salish Sea. The walk way connects to Tulista Park and the Waterfront Walkway to the Port of Sidney Marina, about two and half kilometer stroll one way. Alternatively it is a short stroll to Iroquois Park across Fifth Street. Lochside Waterfront Park overlooks James and Sidney Islands and provides a wonderful viewpoint to see the yachts and sealife of the area.

You can get to the Lochside Waterfront Park from Pat Bay Highway. Turn at Beacon Avenue exit and continue to the lights on Fifth Street. Turn right onto Fifth Street and drive past Tulista Park and you will see the walkway along the water’s edge. Alternatively exit Pat Bay Highway at the MacTavish Exit and follow the signs to Lochside Drive which merges into Fifth Street. There is some road side parking. The buses travel along Lochside Drive.

Iroquois Park, Sidney-by-the-Sea

Visit Iroquois Park to enjoy the beautiful garden displays, playground and water spray area, basketball/hockey court, public toilets, tennis courts and ball fields. Or to just hang out on the grassy knolls to watch the airplanes and clouds. It does really have all this and is close to several other amenities.  There is parking for boat trailers that launch near Tulista Park.  For those history buffs, the park was named after the SS Iroquois which sank offshore in 1911, the propeller from the vessel is displayed on a memorial flower bed.

You can get to Iroquois Park from Pat Bay Highway then Lochside Drive or Fifth Street. The park is on the corner of Fifth Street and Ocean Avenue. It is across from Tulista Park and the US ferry terminal.  Iroquois Park is accessible from a pathway that connects to Northlawn Terrace and Iroquois Way.  This park is on a bus route.

If you want to stretch your legs a little more, stroll to Tulista Park around the US Ferry Terminal toward the Port of Sidney Marina.  This connects to the Waterfront Walkway that follows the shoreline past the ferry terminal toward the shops and stores. Alternative head toward the highway along Eighth Street and either continue on Lochside Trail or walk past the Skateboard Park toward the Conference Center and Bevan Park.  Another longer stroll would be to exit the park toward along the pathway that leads to Iroquois Way, walk toward Northlawn Terrace and turn right on Weiler Avenue. Cross over the Pat Bay Highway, using the pedestrian overpass, to access the trails near the Greenglade Community Center and Reay Park.

Tulista Park, Sidney-by-the-Sea

This is an favorite place to spend a few hours with the children and young at heart. This park is along the shore line of the Salish Sea with James and Sidney Islands as well as many smaller islands in sight.  The beach is a rough cobble and rock with smaller areas of sand. The park is along the waterfront walkway along the Sidney shoreline. The small building in the park hosts an Art Gallery with unique local art work and collectibles. The covered eating area has several picnic tables as well as water fountain nearby.    The play equipment is toddler friendly and is set is a large sandpit that is fenced.  The park is great place to start a stroll along the beach or the waterfront walkway, the same walkway that eventually ends near Port of Sidney Marina.

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You can get to Tulista Park from Pat Bay Highway.  Turn off on Lochside Drive and follow the signs toward the US Ferry Terminal.  The park is on the right just before the terminal. There is parking and this park is on a bus route.

Welcome to Sidney-by the Sea Green Space

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This small green space, located on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Second Street greets travelers as they exit the Anacortes/Friday Harbour Ferry. It is a island of green with a huge sign, well maintained flower beds with a lovely totem pole.

You can get to the Welcome Green Space from Pat Bay Highway and follow the signs that lead you to the US Ferry Terminal in Sidney. Turn at Beacon Avenue exit and continue to the lights on Fifth Street. Turn right onto Fifth Street and drive to the traffic circle to exit east on to Ocean Avenue. The parking near the green space is limited.