Sidney (Town) / Coles Bay / Gooch Island / Patricia Bay / Piers Island / Portland Island / Roberts Point

Phone : (250) 656-1184
Your Host(s) : Municipal Administration

Sidney, BC (Nearby: North Saanich, Central Saanich, Ardmore, Deep Cove, Keating)

  • Coles Bay
  • Gooch Island
  • Patricia Bay
  • Piers Island
  • Portland Island
  • Roberts Point
  • Sidney

2440 Sidney Avenue
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 1Y7

British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island

Description From Owner:
  • Coles Bay after John Coles, who first came to British Columbia in 1851 as a midshipman on HMS Thetis.
  • He left the navy after the Crimean War and returned to British Columbia, living on his farm near Coles Bay from 1857 to 1866 and representing Saanich in the first Legislative Assembly.
  • Back in England he was the curator of the Royal Geographical Society for many years. The name of the Saanich Indian reserve at Coles Bay, Paquechin, means 'drop off.'
  • Gooch Island - After Thomas Sherlock Gooch, second lieutenant on HMS Satellite when she was on this coast from 1857 to 1860.
  • Patricia Bay - In September 1912, when the Duke of Connaught, then Governor-General of Canada, visited Victoria, he was accompanied by his daughter, the attractive young Princess Patricia or 'Princess Pat.'
  • Shortly thereafter nearby Union Bay was renamed Patricia Bay in her honour. Today it is commonly called Pat Bay.
  • Piers Island - Named after Henry Piers, RN, surgeon on HMS Satellite, on the Pacific Station 1857-60. The Saanich Indians knew this as 'Crow Island' because of the great number of crows here.
  • Portland Island - After HMS Portland, the flagship of Rear-Admiral Fairfax Moresby, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Station 1850-3.
  • The whole of the island comes within Princess Margaret Marine Park. (When the Princess visited British Columbia in 1958, she was presented with Portland Island but returned it to the province for use as a park.)
  • Roberts Point - Also ROBERTS BANK. Point Roberts was named by Captain Vancouver after his 'esteemed friend' Lieutenant Henry Roberts, RN, who had been his comrade on Captain Cook's second and third voyages of discovery.
  • Roberts was a cartographer and prepared the maps for the published account of Cook's three voyages. He was originally designated to command the expedition sent to the Pacific Northwest coast in 1791.
  • However, by the time the ships were ready, another commission was in prospect for Roberts and the position was given to Vancouver, who was originally intended to be only the second-in-command.
  • Sidney - The town of Sidney takes its name from nearby Sidney Island, originally known as Sallas Island but renamed Sidney Island in 1859 by Captain Richards of the survey ship Plumper.
  • Apparently the Sidney he had in mind was Frederick W. Sidney, who entered the Royal Navy only a few months after Richards and like him joined the surveying branch.
  • The Saanich Indians knew the site of Sidney as 'Tseteenus,' meaning 'sticking out.'
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

Roberts Point

Address of this page:

Need driving directions? Enter your location:

Sidney (Town) / Coles Bay / Gooch Island / Patricia Bay / Piers Island / Portland Island / Roberts Point, Phone : (250) 656-1184

Have something to say about Sidney (Town) / Coles Bay / Gooch Island / Patricia Bay / Piers Island / Portland Island / Roberts Point?

Tell us, and we'll tell the world!

Your name:
Your email address:
Your phone number:
Your Review:
  • Saanich Peninsula

  • From the Saanich (Straits Salish) word meaning 'elevated' or 'upraised.' The word describes what Mount Newton looked like to the Indians approaching by sea from the east someone lying down with his rump up. Another possible explanation is that Saanich refers to the appearance of the peninsula when seen through a mirage on a warm summer day. Under such conditions, it indeed looks 'elevated' or 'upraised.'

    The Saanich Indians have four reserves on Saanich Peninsula: Paquechin (Coles Bay), meaning 'drop off,' so named because the shallow water in front suddenly deepens; Tsartlip (Brentwood Bay), meaning 'maple leaf; Tsawout (East Saanich), meaning 'on top,' because houses are built on top of higher ground; and Tseycum (Patricia Bay), meaning 'place of clay.'

  • Shute Passage

  • After Captain James Shute, Royal Marines, on board HMS Topaze, on Pacific Station 1859-63.

  • Towner Bay

  • After William Towner, a Kentishman, who came here from California in 1864, bringing with him some hops. With these he started the hop-growing industry in this province.

  • Tsehum Harbour

  • A Saanich Indian name meaning 'always clay place.' According to one account, the infusorial earth found here was used by the Indians to get the fat off animal skins. Formerly Shoal Harbour.

  • Warrior Point

  • The Saanich Indians report that in the old days they always kept a sentry posted here to watch for the approach of hostile bands.

  • Bazan Bay

  • After Cayetano Valdes y Bazan, who commanded the Mexicana on Galiano's expedition of 1792. (See Valdes Island.)

Visitors to this page: 393     Emails sent through this page: 1     This record last updated: February 24, 2021

Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
  • Mount Newton, 5km
  • Quarry Lake, 11km
  • Mount Tuam, 11km
  • Elk Lake, 13km
  • Durrance Lake, 13km
  • Killarney Lake, 14km
  • Beaver Lake, 15km
  • Lake Weston, 15km
  • Lake Stowell, 15km
  • Prospect Lake, 16km
  • Pease Lake, 14km
  • Mount Work, 15km
  • Eagles Lake, 16km
  • Third Lake, 15km
  • Fork Lake, 16km
  • Pender Lake, 15km
  • Bruce Peak, 15km
  • Roe Lake, 16km
  • Maltby Lake, 18km
  • Second Lake, 16km
  • Ford Lake, 17km
  • Fizzle Lake, 17km
  • Mount Douglas, 18km
  • Lively Peak, 16km
  • Mount Jeffrey, 14km
  • Blenkinsop Lake, 19km
  • Hutchinson Lake, 13km
  • Mitchell Lake, 17km
  • Pike Lake, 19km
  • Cusheon Lake, 19km
  • Mount Sulivan, 17km
  • Oliphant Lake, 14km
  • Spectacle Lake, 15km
  • Prior Lake, 20km
  • McKenzie Lake, 20km
  • Holmes Peak, 18km
  • Swan Lake, 21km
  • Blackburn Lake, 20km
  • Mount Norman, 17km
  • Baynes Peak, 19km
  • Mount Maxwell, 19km
  • Mount Menzies, 18km
  • Teanook Lake, 20km
  • Thetis Lake, 21km
  • Mount Wood, 15km
  • Matson Lake, 20km
  • Mount Tolmie, 22km
  • Greenburn Lake, 17km
  • Mount Parke, 22km
  • Wrigglesworth Lake, 19km