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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.

Popular Activities at Victoria Harbour

Make the most of your time at Victoria Harbour. Below is a list of the best things to do:

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Hotel Grand Pacific C$169
Hotel Grand Pacific

Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 2,258 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Facing the Inner Harbour and adjacent to the Parliament Buildings, Hotel Grand Pacific is 2 blocks from the shops along Government Street and 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf.

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites C$149
    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,898 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated on a rise overlooking the city and harbor, this hotel is 3 blocks from Government Street, 3 blocks from the Royal BC Museum, and 4 blocks from Beacon Hill Park.

      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort C$169
      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

      100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 1,837 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located on the inner waterfront overlooking downtown Victoria, this resort hotel is 2 blocks from shops and restaurants along Market Square; Chinatown is 3 blocks away.

        The Fairmont Empress C$255
        The Fairmont Empress

        The Fairmont Empress

        721 Government St, Victoria, BC
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 2,053 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This hotel overlooks the Inner Harbour, within steps of shop-lined Government Street and the copper-domed Parliament Buildings, and three blocks from the Maritime Museum.

          Hotel Rialto C$151
          Hotel Rialto

          Hotel Rialto

          653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 2,187 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            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 mi (2 km).

            Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites C$167
            Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

            Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

            1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 1,880 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Overlooking Victoria's inner harbor, the condominium-style Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites has a private dock; restaurants and nightlife surround the hotel, and many city attractions are less than 1 km (1 mi) away.

              The Magnolia Hotel and Spa C$237
              The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

              The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

              623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
                 
                4.8
                of 5, from 1,675 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Located two blocks from Victoria's busy Inner Harbour, the European-style The Magnolia Hotel And Spa is one block from Government Street shops and three blocks from the Royal BC Museum.

                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria C$157
                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria

                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria

                777 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 847 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Victoria, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Conference Centre and Victoria Harbour. Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal and Sidney-Washington State Ferry Terminal are also within 20 mi (32 km).