Shin Mei Spiritual Centre



PHONE: (250) 656-0755

MAIL: PO Box 2621, Sidney, BC V8L 4C1 Canada


The Centre is located on Knapp Island near Sidney, B.C. and is open to the public for day visits and overnight retreats (when scheduled). We welcome visitors of all faiths. The serenity of the walking trails and the shrine buildings are a call to prayer and renewal for anyone. If you are new to Shinto and/or Buddhism and would like to learn more about these faiths and spiritual practices, please contact us to learn how to gain knowledge and experience. Call (250) 656-0755 or email Rev. Evans or Lama Rabten.


The Shin Mei grounds are open to the public every day, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Visitors have access to the Walking Meditation paths and may enter the Main Shrine for personal prayer and practice if it is not occupied by a scheduled event.

Getting here

The Centre is located on Knapp Island, near Sidney, BC Canada.

Access by water taxi: The water taxi is based out of Canoe Cove Marina (dock E) in Sidney, within walking distance from the BC Ferry terminal. There is regular scheduled transportation service to Knapp Island leaving Canoe Cove Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am (pick up from the Centre at 12 noon). For scheduled events, we have arranged for the water taxi to transport participants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure your spot on the taxi (12 passenger maximum). For other private visits, you may contact ECO CRUISING directly at 250.888.3171 to arrange transportation. Or, call the Centre to request pick up by boat for a private visit.

We also welcome visitors arriving in their own boats, kayaks, etc.

If you are attending a scheduled or a group event, please contact us for information on the scheduled water taxi and to reserve a seat.

Health Guidelines

Please follow BC guidelines on wearing masks

Do not come with any cough/cold, fever or other flu-like symptoms within 7 days of your visit

If you become infected after visiting the Centre, it is very important to inform us so that we can respond accordingly

Other Guidelines During Your Visit

Respect and preserve the sacredness of the surroundings and the facilities

Sustainability: be tidy and leave the Centre in better condition than you found it

No smoking at any time (inside or outside); this includes tobacco, vaping, and marijuana

Prohibited: alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, and pets