Posted by: cherylyoung | April 7, 2012


The bustling, vibrant, center of the action in Victoria.

 Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the many street

 musicians, jugglers, and artists, all against a

picturesque backdrop of yachts, the legislature

 buildings,  and the  Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Whether you’re looking for a whale watching adventure,

 kayak rental, or just to sample the many wonderful

cafes, pubs, and restaurants, you’ll find it on

 Victoria’s beautiful  Inner Harbour.


Walk past the Port Angeles ferry terminal on Belleville

 St., watching for a small pathway on your right.

 This peaceful, paved walkway follows the waterfront,

 winding past the gardens and ponds of the Laurel

Point Inn and Coast Hotel.


 Relax on a bench to watch the tugboats and floatplanes

 drift by.


From the Coast Hotel you can stroll through quaint

 James Bay for a few blocks to the cruise ship docks

 for an up-close view of these floating palaces.

Stop at Fisherman’s Wharf to see the funky, multi-c

olored floating homes, and to sample the best fish

 and chips  in Victoria.


From back in front of the Empress, walk north past

the restaurants and wharves, then over the Johnson

St. Bridge.


 Here you can begin the delightful Westsong Walkway,

which skirts the harbour for about 5 miles.


You’ll eventually arrive at Westbay Marina in

 Esquimalt, where you can enjoy a break at the casual

 and inexpensive  Dockside Cafe.

 Return on the walkway or board one of the frequent

water taxis.


Also known as Victoria Harbour Ferries, these

charming little boats are a great way to see Victoria

 from a different  perspective, or to travel between

the many hotels, restaurants and pubs that line the


At 9:45 am on Sundays the water taxis gather in front

 of the Empress for a marine version of the Blue

 Danube Waltz.


 Watching the little boats pirouette and “dance”

 around  one another, as music wafts over the harbour,

 is omething not soon to be forgotten.

 On a warm summer evening try a ferry ride past the

 city lights, with the colorful reflections lighting up

the water.


It’s a magical end to a perfect day.


Written By: Richard Brunt


The Inner Harbor is in downtown Victoria, just west

 of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, just north of the

 government buildings.


Kid Friendly | Bathrooms | Picnic Area | Picnic Tables

 | Walking Trails | Wheelchair Accessible


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