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Victoria Cruise Port

If you didn’t arrive in Victoria from a cruise on the Pacific Ocean, you may think you’d inadvertently sailed to England. But while the city is known for its historical downtown architecture and European-like cafe culture, it’s decidedly Canadian with its friendly natives, local foodie restaurants and access to British Columbia’s great outdoors.

Adventure- and nature-enthusiasts will be thrilled with shore excursions like whale watching and ziplining, but if you want a more relaxing day in port, Victoria’s gardens, shops and eateries will keep you entertained.

How to Get to Victoria

Cruise ships dock at Ogden Point, about a 20-minute walk from downtown; grab a cab if you don’t want to walk, but you’ll be missing out on a pleasant stroll along the waterfront.
 
One Day in Victoria

Most of Victoria’s top sights can be seen in the walkable inner city, but one of its most famous attractions requires transport, so start your day by hailing a taxi and heading 13 miles (22 km) north to the Butchart Gardens.

Spend a couple of hours at this National Historic Site, wandering the myriad of gardens including rose, Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean. Take a boat tour or greenhouse tour before returning to Victoria by cab.

Ask the driver to drop you off at Bastion Square, where you can have lunch at Rebar, a favorite local restaurant that serves up fresh, seasonal dishes. Then walk off lunch as you wander through downtown, making your way to the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the crown jewel of Victoria’s skyline. Go inside for its traditional afternoon tea if you wish, or just admire the Edwardian architecture and elegant interior.

Port Information

The Canadian dollar is the currency and is typically about equal with the US dollar (of course, check rates on the day you arrive). You’ll find ATMs along Douglas Street, one of the main downtown drags. Pack a raincoat; drizzle is common all year (the city is very green for a reason!).

Tours & Tickets

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Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise and Butchart Gardens Admission

Make your port stop in Victoria unforgettable with a shore excursion that includes an exhilarating whale-watching trip and a visit to dazzling Butchart ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.64

Victoria Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

See the very best of Victoria while in port on this comprehensive tour of the city. This 1.5-hour shore excursion is a great way to get to know the charming ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 1.5 hours

From USD $30.00

Victoria Shore Excursion: Small-Group Zipline Adventure

While your ship is docked in port in Victoria, soar through the trees of British Columbia's temperate rainforest! Located on Vancouver Island, just half an ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.25

Victoria Shore Excursion: Craigdarroch Castle

While in port in Victoria, venture back in time with a tour of a true Victorian-era gem: the Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia. Now an ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $13.09

Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalist Guides

While in port in beautiful Victoria, check out British Columbia's famous abundance of whales and on this educational 3-hour whale-watching cruise! You'll not ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Transfer Between Port of Vancouver Cruise Terminals and Victoria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Sit back, relax and enjoy an easy transfer between the Port of Vancouver cruise ship terminals and downtown Victoria aboard a comfortable coach and the BC ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4.5 hours (approx)

From USD $64.99

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