A visit to Victoria is incomplete if it does not include time spent enjoying the city’s majestic Inner Harbour. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade and you will discover the magical mixture of scenery, activity, architecture and ecosystems that keep tourists and locals alike coming back whenever they can to breathe in the fresh ocean air and take in the views. Look one way and you will see Victoria’s iconic Parliamentary buildings and the historic Empress Hotel. Look the other way toward the sea to behold a colorful flotilla of yachts and boats against a backdrop of azure blue sky and water.
Situated fully within the city of Victoria, the Inner Harbour, also known as James Bay, bisects the downtown area to the front of the Empress Hotel and extends northeast to the Johnson Street Bridge. Home to dozens of restaurants, breweries, whale watching tours and ecotourism activities, the Inner Harbour serves as a port of entry to Victoria and Vancouver Island. Ferries and small cruise ships shuttle tourists who, in only a few steps, can embark into the heart of the city. The Harbour is a whirlwind of activity during the day and well into the evening – in good weather and bad. As dusk settles, the lights come on, the local buskers start playing and people-watching kicks into full gear.
Throughout the warm weather months, the Inner Harbour plays host to a series of music festivals, art fairs, boat shows and sailing events. There is always something going on. You can enjoy a local craft beer and watch the sunset, take an ecotour to the regions of the Outer and Middle Harbours, or just sit on a bench surrounded by overflowing flower baskets and watch the rest of the world go by. Amateur photographers are everywhere – waiting for the perfect light. The iconic architecture of British Columbia’s capitol city combines with the vibrant flower arrangements and natural beauty to create one of the most-photographed locations in Canada.
If it is your first visit to Victoria, you are bound to end up at the Inner Harbour. Hop a ferry, stroll the promenade, and enjoy some fine street musicians and a good meal. If you are fortunate enough to visit again, we will know where to find you because everyone falls in love with Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
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