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  • Address: British Columbia, 100km (62mi) south of Vancouver
  • Hours: Open daily

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Victoria Inner Harbour

Victoria Inner Harbour is perhaps best known as a picturesque port frequented by more than a two hundred cruise ships each year, pouring a quarter of a million passengers, charmed I'm sure, onto shore. Their first view of the pretty city is dominated by the Olympic mountain range in the distance, and 1908 Fairmont Empress Hotel in the foreground, overlooking the magnificent yachts moored in the marina. Reflected in the crashing Pacific, this romantically lit Victorian masterpiece is famed for its afternoon high tea.

Though it's hard to top the bay's natural beauty, the dramatic coastline is aptly framed with more delightful Victorian homes, watched over by winsome Craigdarroch Castle, completed in 1890 by a Scottish coal billionaire with a taste for luxury. There's plenty of culture (and even more tourist claptrap, including a wax museum, aquarium, IMAX theater…you get the idea) to keep you busy. Consider strolling vividly landscaped Buchart Gardens, or taking a whale watching (April through October) cruise, then finishing your day with a meal in Victoria's vibrant Chinatown.

Practical Info

Enormous Vancouver Island (about the size of the Netherlands) is an impossibly scenic spot and the gateway to its spectacular snow-capped fjords and pristine beaches is the city of Victoria. You'll probably arrive here on the southern tip of the island by sea: a cruise ship, private vessel, or public ferry (two lines cross the Straight of Georgia to Vancouver; five serve Washington State in the USA.

Though the Pacific Northwest is notably rainy, Victoria is generally sunny and dry, in summer at least. It gets chilly and wet in winter, but temperatures rarely drop below freezing.

There's a useful tourist bureau InfoCentre with maps and brochures galore on the inner harbor; you can download a free phone app with maps and information at their official website.

Tours & Tickets

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Victoria Whale Watch Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

See the majestic wildlife of the northern Pacific Ocean on a whale-watching cruise from Victoria. On board a comfortable boat, you'll spot orcas, humpback ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.87

Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Combine four great experiences for the ultimate Vancouver day trip! Take a whale-watching cruise, sightsee around Victoria at your own pace, explore the ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $255.15

Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with two memorable experiences in one day. Take a whale-watching tour from Inner Harbour around the Gulf Islands and ...  Read more

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

From USD $124.30

Victorian Gardens and Seaside Vistas Pedicab Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Hop on a pedicab and let your professional tour guide roll you through the quiet streets and trails of beautiful Victoria, Canada. Pass through tree-lined ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.06

Victoria Carriage Tour Including James Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Tour Victoria in a fun, unique and relaxing way -- by horse-drawn carriage! Your experienced, uniformed driver will navigate Victoria's streets and show you ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 30 minutes

From USD $12.98

High-Speed Passenger Ferry From Victoria, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington

4.5 star rating: Recommended 228 Reviews

Take a one-way high-speed passenger ferry from Victoria, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington. Sit back and relax on a scenic 2- to 3-hour cruise as you ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.00

Seattle to Victoria Ferry: One-Way and Roundtrip Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 222 Reviews

Hop aboard the high-speed ferry from Seattle in Washington State, to Victoria in British Columbia. Enjoy a scenic 2- to 3-hour cruise through Puget Sound as ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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