Sidney Spit Campground


Primary Campsite

Coordinates: N48° 38.13' W123° 19.77'

Land Tenure: National Park Reserve

Landing Comments: Easy sheltered sand beach at all water levels. Small seasonal dock.

Camp Comments: Open grassy sites, tent pads. Picnic tables. Gear carts. Picnic shelter. Pit toilets. Fee charged May - Sept. Site closed for hunting 1 Nov - 28 Feb. Group camping site. No fires, including below high tide mark. IMPORTANT 100% reservable from May 15 to Sept 30 so paddlers advised to reserve. 2 small overflow areas. 250-654-4000, Toll-free: 1-866-944-1744 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Reservation:Sidney Spit

Tent Sites: 27

Other Comments: Water. Trails. Anchorage. Birding, fallow deer, wildlife. Frequent foot passenger ferry in summer from Sidney. Swimming. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. See Sidney Spit Campground

Park notices:

None currently.

Park information:

Located at the north end of Sidney Island, this popular family-friendly destination is accessible by boat or kayak. The park offers sandy beaches, wooded trails and an abundance of birds and marine life.

Camping, group camping and picnicking are available. All campers must register at a designated campsite before the last ferry leaves the island for the day. 
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at or 1-877-737-3783. 

Group Camping and Picnicking: For group camping and picnicking, reservations are required.

To reserve the group site contact the park directly at 250-654-4000 or 1-866-944-1744.

Note: Water must be carried from the main campground to the group campground.

Getting here
Arrive by boat or take the seasonal walk-on ferry service from the Town of Sidney. Alpine Ferry Service to Sidney Spit (walk on only) runs regularly during the high season (late June through Labour Day) and intermittently outside of the high season.

Campground information

  • Open annually from May 15 to Sept 30
  • 29 primitive campsites with picnic tables
  • 1 group campsite/group picnicking area
  • Wheelbarrows are available at the main dock to transport camping gear
  • Potable water (NOTE: water has high sodium content – not recommended for people with heart conditions)
  • Pit toilets
  • Accessible by private boat or walk on passenger ferry
  • Note: no fires or burning are permitted at Sidney Spit, including below the high tide mark
  • GPS Coordinates: 48.635465380988, -123.3299
  • There is an annual closure of Sidney Island to facilitate traditional hunting by first nations from Nov 1 to Feb 29.


The following is from BC Geographical Names:

Sidney Island

Adopted in the 10th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1911, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart #1911, 1865 et seq.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

Labelled "Sallas Island" on 1849 edition of British Admiralty Chart #1911, from 1847 surveys by Captain Kellett, U.S.Exploration Expedition; labelled "Sidney Island" on 1865 edition of the same chart, reflecting more detailed hydrographic surveys in 1858 by Captain Richards, RN.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

"Named Sallas Island by the officers of the Hudson's Bay Company, circa 1850, and known by this name to the early settlers for years. On 22 May 1860 there was a sale by auction in Victoria of real estate on Sallas Island, offered by the HBC at the upset price of six shillings an acre.... (Victoria Colonist 24 May 1860). In the same newspaper, 1 June 1865, Sallas Island is said to be the property of Mr. George Hunter Cary, of Victoria, attorney general, and it was sold about that date to Messrs. Weissenberger and Schlosser for colonization purposes. Named Sidney Island in 1859 by Captain Richards, RN."

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)

"... There was a Captain F.W. Sidney employed as a [hydrographic] surveyor during the years 1842-69..." (information from the Admiralty, sent via Commonwealth Records Office, London, to the Geographic Board of Canada)

Source: included with note

Catherine Island was the Hudson's Bay Company name for Sidney Island. (from SHALE: Journal of the Gabriola Historial & Museum Society; Nick Doe editor)

Source: included with note

Descriptions and further information:

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve information. Link.

Sidney Spit ferry. Link.

Nearby features of note:

Sidney Island Mooring Buoys and Dock

Mandarte Island Important Bird Area. Link.

D'Arcy Island Provincial Park. Link.

Nearby launch locations:

Tulista Park. Link.


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