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Victoria Harbour

Old meets new as historic architecture, traditional fishing boats and contemporary performers crowd together at one of Victoria’s liveliest spots.

Come to Victoria Harbour to experience the spirit of the city at its most dynamic. Get a sense of the area’s modern atmosphere and culture as well as its history. Watch street performers flaunt their skills, visit some of Victoria’s most significant buildings and browse the markets for the perfect souvenir. All this against the backdrop of the sparkling waves, topped with vessels of all kinds.

Delve into Victoria’s past by exploring the manicured grounds and ornate architecture of the Parliament Buildings located on the Inner Harbour. The buildings date back to the end of the 19th century and still house the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia today. Nearby, look for the beautiful Empress Hotel, another iconic Victoria building. Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum to learn more about the harbor’s history, going back to its importance to Esquimalt and Songhee First Nations people long before the Spanish arrived.

At the market, pick up some snacks to nibble while shopping for gifts. Pause to watch street performers singing, dancing and even painting. When your feet get tired, treat yourself to a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or head out to sea on one of the boat tours that leave from the harbor. More adventurous options, such as kayaking and whale-watching trips, can also be arranged.

Though always animated, Victoria Harbour turns into a particularly hectic hub of celebration during important Canadian dates. In late June and early July, the harbor buzzes with festivities to mark Canada Day. Labour Day is also particularly lively. The harbor plays host to a series of events throughout the year, including an annual yacht race and a wide range of music and arts shows.

Make sure you look into what is on before you visit, as the program of seasonal activities is diverse. In particular, check the market times. Although markets usually take place during the last few days of the week, an atmospheric night market also takes place occasionally.


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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 CA $145
    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.

      Hotel Rialto CA $119
      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).

        Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites CA $158
        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.

          Royal Scot Hotel & Suites CA $121
          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.

            Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA CA $135
            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.

              The Fairmont Empress
              The Fairmont Empress

              The Fairmont Empress

              721 Government St, Victoria, BC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Victoria Bug Zoo and British Columbia Parliament Building. Victoria Harbour and Market Square are also within 10 minutes.

                Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort CA $159
                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.