Victoria Harbour

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Victoria Harbour featuring a bay or harbor and heritage architecture

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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Top Hotels Close to Victoria Harbour

The Oswego Hotel
The Oswego Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $110 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Harbour, The Robert Bateman Centre, and Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (940 reviews)
"The property was very modern and stylish. I did not like the dirty dishes and the sticky floor by the fridge that I cleaned myself"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

The Oswego Hotel
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is $261 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Bug Zoo. British Columbia ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (965 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel. Staff was amazing."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Fairmont Empress
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is $164 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps from Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Government Street and British Columbia Parliament ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,010 reviews)
"The location to everything was perfect. Beautiful view of the harbour and very quiet. I do think for the price of the room the parking should be included and not extra."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hotel Grand Pacific
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Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $89 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Strathcona Hotel
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is $261 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Fairmont Empress
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is $164 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Hotel Grand Pacific
The Oswego Hotel
The Oswego Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $110 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
The Oswego Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria
4 out of 5
777 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $158 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is $133 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
The price is $180 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
The price is $112 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
4 out of 5
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
The price is $192 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
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