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  • Address: British Columbia, 100km (62mi) south of Vancouver, Canada
  • 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.

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Victoria Hippo Tours, Victoria, null
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Victoria Hippo Tours

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Views of the Olympic Mountains and the Salish Sea follow you everywhere on this tour of Canada’s most picturesque city with its British ancestry and ...  Read more

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

From USD $34.89
Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver, ... 
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Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 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 $254.03
Victoria Sightseeing and Photography Tour, Vancouver, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Victoria Sightseeing and Photography Tour

Spend a full day sightseeing in the capital of British Columbia, while learning to take breathtaking photos! Your 14-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $193.86
Victoria Full-Day Private Tour, Victoria, Photography Tours
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Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

This 14-hour full-day tour is a great way to see the beautiful Georgia Strait when sailing to Victoria on the BC Ferry. Your first stop is Butchart Gardens, ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,301.64
Victoria to Vancouver Seaplane Flight, Victoria, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Victoria to Vancouver Seaplane Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This 35-minute seaplane flight is a quick and easy way to travel from Victoria to Vancouver, and adds a little excitement to boot. In Victoria, capture prime ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $169.90
Victoria Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Victoria, Air Tours
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Victoria Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

See the very best of Victoria while in port on this comprehensive tour of the city. This 2.5-hour shore excursion is a great way to get to know the charming ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.43
Victoria Audio Tour, Victoria, Ports of Call Tours
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Victoria Audio Tour

Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour. This fascinating audio guided tour will show you the ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.99
Ghostly Walking Tour in Victoria, Victoria, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Ghostly Walking Tour in Victoria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Behind Victoria’s old-world charm lie tales of eccentric characters, heroic deeds, intrigue, love, humour, hangings, murder and ghosts! During your 90-minute ...  Read more

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

From USD $11.63
Victoria Grand City Private Tour and Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Victoria Grand City Private Tour and Craigdarroch Castle

This 1.5-hour tour will introduce you to the beautiful landscapes and scenery of Victoria, in addition to the downtown core near the city's inner harbour. ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $130.27
Victoria and Butchart Gardens with Victoria Clipper to Seattle One-Way from Vancouver, Vancouver, ... 
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens with Victoria Clipper to Seattle One-Way from Vancouver

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Need to get to Seattle? Make it an experience! With the journey to Victoria equally as fascinating as the city itself, this tour offers scenic ocean travel, a ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $272.95

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