Octopus Marine Ecology Centre







The Town of Sidney is ideally situated close major arrival points to South Vancouver Island. BC Ferries provides year-round service to and from Swartz Bay which is only a few minutes car ride north of Sidney. Sidney is also the departure point for pleasure craft sailings and ferry traffic heading to the San Juan Islands (US) and Washington State. By Air, visitors arrive at Victoria International Airport, which by car is only 5 minutes away.

 The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located just south of the Port Sidney Marina at 9811 Seaport Place.   


By Road

  • Turn left at the foot of Beacon Street [the main street in Sidney]

  • Park in public parking lot on the right

  • The SODC is next door.

By Ferry

Ferry walk on passengers typically reach the ferry terminal exit in Swartz Bay approximately 1 & hr. after departure from Tsawwassen. Bus #70 Departs Swartz Bay every hr during the summer time and every hour on the hour the rest of the year. This typically is a double decker. It is 12 minute ride to Beacon & Fifth Street in Sidney. The SODC is 4 blocks east on Seaport Place 

BC Transit Bus Tickets: 
the cost is $2.age 15 and up & $1.40 age 5-12; 

This ferry is within walking distance of the SODC. During the Summer there are two sailings departing Anacortes about 7am and 2pm and arriving in Sidney about 10am and 5pm. During the off season there is only one sailing departing Anacortes about 8am and arriving in Sidney about 11am. Ferries depart Sidney about an hour after arrival. These are international sailings and preboarding time is needed to clear customs.

By Private Boat - Port of Sidney Marina 

Port Sidney Marina
9835 Seaport Pl, Sidney
For more information phone: (250) 655-3711

By Air -Victoria Airport

Airport Ground Transportation
Shuttle, Car Rentals and Taxi Services
BC Transit
Bus 83 Brentwood Bay/Sidney via Airport

Bus Transportation to SODC in Sidney

BC Transit currently services Sidney with 2 different bus routes from the ferry terminal.

Bus 70 Pat Bay