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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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Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites ¥12,337
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 steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites ¥13,791
    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 near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Victoria Conference Centre and Royal BC Museum are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Grand Pacific ¥14,805
      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 from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

        Royal Scot Hotel & Suites ¥9,179
        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 from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

          Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour ¥8,518
          Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

          Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

          427 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Victoria Harbour and The Robert Bateman Centre. British Columbia Parliament Building and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

            The Magnolia Hotel and Spa ¥16,622
            The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

            The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

            623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour are also within 10 minutes.

              Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA ¥10,522
              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 Clipper Ferry Terminal and Victoria Harbour are also within 10 minutes.

                The Oswego Hotel ¥14,236
                The Oswego Hotel

                The Oswego Hotel

                500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC
                   
                  4.0 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.