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Victoria Inner Harbour
Victoria Inner Harbour

Victoria Inner Harbour

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Free admission
Open daily

The Basics

Make the Inner Harbour a starting point for your Victoria sightseeing. The ferry terminal is walking distance from top sites, while cruise passengers arrive on frequent shuttles. The Inner Harbour hosts festivals and shows through summer, and there are plenty of landmarks, shops, and cafes for browsing. Hop-on hop-off tours of Victoria generally stop right in the Inner Harbour, which is also a focal point for many guided excursions, as well.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
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$175.62 per adult
Excellent intro to Victoria
The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and humorous and made it a point to get to know each guest. The tour is excellent as it would be much more time consuming to go to these places by myself and without a car. I enjoyed everything about the tour including lots of free time to wander
RichardA_C, Mar 2020

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Inner Harbour is a must-see for all visitors to Victoria and is especially popular with history buffs and nature lovers.

  • For a quick trip across the Inner Harbour, try taking one of the city’s affordable water taxis.

  • Paid parking is available in the Inner Harbour, but it's recommended to use public transit to access the area, which can be crowded.

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How to Get There

Government Street fronts the Inner Harbour, bracketed by Wharf Street to the north and Belleville Street to the south. Several paid parking lots are available nearby, including the City of Victoria lot at 900 Wharf Street. Information is available at the Greater Victoria Visitor Centre located at 812 Wharf Street, on the northern edge of the Inner Harbour.

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When to Get There

Sunrise and sunset are preferred times to visit the Inner Harbour, especially for photographers who can take advantage of shooting the coast in the soft light of morning or evening. After dark, many landmarks around the Inner Harbour are illuminated, making a nighttime stroll by the water a popular option.

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Where to Eat in the Inner Harbour

If you’re looking for a meal, you have plenty of options in the Inner Harbour. Look for waterside seafood spots that range from takeout seafood and tacos to restaurants with a more casual, pub-style dining room. Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress is an institution in Victoria, a dress-up affair complete with finger sandwiches, sweets, and other treats.

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