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Victoria Fisherman’s Wharf

Come to this working harbor to see its colorful floating houses, go on a kayaking trip or a wildlife-spotting cruise and enjoy a meal of fresh seafood on the docks.

At Fisherman’s Wharf you can feed seals, explore a picturesque floating village, enjoy fresh seafood, join whale-watching tours and watch a unique water “ballet.” 

The most idyllic way to cross the harbor is by hopping on a tiny ferry from Wharf Street. The captain doubles as tour guide, so you can learn more about the wharf’s history and houses as you go. 

Other trips include family-friendly pirate tours, eco-adventures by kayak in the Inner Harbour or boat cruises in the straits to spot the marine life. You can see seals and orcas year-round and seasonally also humpback, minke and gray whales.

Take a walk around the Float Home Village with its collection of colorful floating houses. Each has its own style and the residents are often happy to chat about life in their village. Keep an eye out for the historic photos wrapped around electrical boxes during your waterfront stroll.

Try some fish and chips at the floating restaurants or buy fresh seafood straight off the boats. Visit The Fish Store in the late afternoon to get a good deal on oysters and take a seat at one of the picnic tables for a special dining experience. 

Don’t miss the weekly Harbour Ferry Ballet in summer when ferry captains skillfully maneuver their boats in time to classical music. This show started out as a joke and became such a hit that now, 20 years later, it still draws in the crowds.

The wharf is just around the corner from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, which has even more attractions and also includes a seaport and seaplane airport. 

Victoria Fisherman’s Wharf is a 30-minute walk from the city center and served by public buses. Free on-street parking is available but it has time limits, so choose a pay-and-display parking space if you are planning a longer visit. The wharf’s website has information about all tours and events. The whale-watching season starts in May, but humpback sightings are most common from late August to October.


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Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific

Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps away from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Royal BC Museum. Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal are also within 15 minutes.

      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

      100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Victoria, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Rim College, Market Square and Bastion Square. Chinatown is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.

        Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
        Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

        Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

        1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum. Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal are also within 15 minutes.

          Hotel Rialto
          Hotel Rialto

          Hotel Rialto

          653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA
            Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

            Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

            146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fisherman's Wharf Park and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf. Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal are also within 10 minutes.

              Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
              Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

              Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

              425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

                Huntingdon Manor Hotel
                Huntingdon Manor Hotel

                Huntingdon Manor Hotel

                330 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal and Victoria Harbour. Victoria Fisherman's Wharf and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.