Fifth Street Green Space is in the seaside community of Sidney, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space provides a wonderful view and access to the tidal sand and mud flats of Roberts Bay. Roberts Bay lines along the shoreline of Sidney Channel near Haro Strait and is considered part of the Salish Sea. This view point provides a good place for bird watching and views across the waters of the shallow bay. Roberts Bay is an ecological reserve and is part of the Shoal Harbor Migratory Bird Sanctuary that was formed in nineteen thirties. This beach in Sidney, B.C., can be very muddy in this part of Roberts Bay yet it is a terrific site to watch migratory and residential birds go about their business. You may even spot a raccoon, seal or river otter that dwell in the estuary of Mermaid Creek. Mermaid Park, with a small play area, is near the junction of Fifth Street with Amelia Avenue. Third Street Beach Access is eastward along Lovell Avenue.
Geographical location N48º 39″ 37″ W123º 24′ 3″
Fifth Street Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Exit Hwy1 onto McKenzie Avenue to reach the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17). Head north along Hwy17 as it leads past the airport to reach Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula. Turn at Beacon Avenue to head east then turn left onto Resthaven Drive. Follow Resthaven Drive to Amelia Street and turn right. Look for Mermaid Park on the left before continuing to the junction with 5th Street. Turn left onto Fifth Street and continue to the end. There is limited parking in this neighborhood. City buses travel along Resthaven Drive.
Secret Beaches of Victoria and Saanich Peninsula