Nan & Pop (Mr & Mrs Austin and Claire Vardy) were my Grandparents. My Grandfather was a woodworker and created many of the mirrors that are displayed throughout the home. He whittled birds and crafted whirley-gigs, and my grandmother painted them. They supported the family with the proceeds from a small craft store called “The Pine Shop” in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Many of the antiques and vintage pieces you find here are from our family home in Mahone Bay. Others, were left to me by my wonderful mother Darlene who also ran a local bakery and restaurant in North Saanich. 'The Roost' A Farm Bakery exists today and still creates some of her delicious recipes. Be sure to have a sticky bun or a piece of pie. Yumm! While you are here: Our fully equipped kitchen has been supplied with staples and sundries. Please help yourself. Laundry facilities are stocked as well & a drying rack is provided. Towels are located in the linen closet just outside the main bathroom, as well as in the master bedroom closet. Extra blankets can be found in each of the bedroom closets as well as in the media room ottomans. Hope our comfy patio furniture sees many beautiful days during your stay. The B.B.Q is stocked with propane as well for grilling. On chilly nites, simply turn on the electric fireplace & cozy up with a selection of dvds. Things to do: A small assortment of sports equipment has been put together in the mud room for use at our local parks. Simply turn left out the front door, down the alley to arrive at Iroquois Park. The park is outfitted with tennis & basketball courts, kids water park, playground & washroom facilities. Sidney's brand new skate park and Tulista art studio are across 5th St. at Tulista Park. We have left one cruiser bike & helmet for use, additional bikes can be rented at McTavish Academy of Arts. On rainy days feel free to put on a pair of provided rubber boots & blend in with the locals.
As we are located under the flightpath for Victoria International airport,you may experience some airplane disturbance. Take note of the transit bus stop located at Lochside Dr. & Ocean Ave. #70 as well as #72 will take you to Victoria in under an hour. Cruise the double-decker for $2.50 pp or $5 pp day pass. Stay in Sidney on Thursday evenings 4:30-8pm (June-Sept) for our local artisan market located on Beacon Av. Be sure and walk! This is a great opportunity to stock up on local fruits & veggies for the weekend. Don't forget to check out the Fish Market at the end of the pier for the freshest catch. Kim & Ken our local fisherman will gladly pull live crab out of their traps for you to enjoy with some homemade herb butter. The Sidney Spit Ferry (passenger only) is a short ride for a day at the beach. Don't forget your sunscreen, water and a snack as it is a Provincial park for hiking & exploring with no facilities provided. Whale Watching Tours depart from the end of Beacon as well. Star Cinema a small independent theatre have matinees that are popular on rainy days. Check out the brochure in the office. Thank you for making us part of your Victorian vacation.+ More