SIDNEY, town, pop 11,315 (2006), looks east across HARO STRAIT near the top of the SAANICH PENINSULA, 26 km north of VICTORIA, 8 km south of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, in the district municipality of North Saanich. SALISH-speaking people first occupied the area. It is named for nearby SIDNEY ISLAND, which was named in 1859 by a naval survey after Lt Frederick William Sidney, a hydrographer in the British Admiralty. Settlement began in the 1880s and in 1891 the township was incorporated by...

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