Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour featuring a bay or harbor and heritage architecture
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Victoria Harbour

Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2C2
The price is $78 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
$78
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15
Stay at this hotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 bars/lounges, and a nightclub. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Perfect location. Beautiful, cozy room. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Strathcona Hotel
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC, V8W1W5
The price is $217 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3
$217
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Victoria. Enjoy 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
Historical pleasure
"Wonderful old hotel with modern convenience. Restaurant is somewhat overpriced and pretentious with wait staff that is encouraged to be over-friendly. Live music in restaurant was too loud for diners and mediocre in quality."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Fairmont Empress
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC, V8V1X3
The price is $164 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$164
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"Didn’t like that the lounge was under renovation and the restaurant was very pricey."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Hotel Grand Pacific
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2C2
Strathcona Hotel
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC, V8W1W5
Fairmont Empress
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC, V8V1X3
Hotel Grand Pacific
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC, V8W1B2
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Huntingdon Manor Hotel
Huntingdon Manor Hotel
3 out of 5
330 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC, V8V1W3
Huntingdon Manor Hotel
Inn at Laurel Point
Inn at Laurel Point
4 out of 5
680 Montreal St, Victoria, BC, V8V1Z8
Inn at Laurel Point
The Oswego Hotel
The Oswego Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC, V8V5C1
The Oswego Hotel
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC, V8W1B8
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Hotel Rialto
Hotel Rialto
3.5 out of 5
653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC, V8W 1N8
Hotel Rialto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.