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Victoria Inner Harbour Tours

Victoria Inner Harbour
A trim wedge of water rimmed with top landmarks, Victoria’s Inner Harbour is the city’s bustling port. Whether you’re hopping a whale-watching cruise or enjoying a sea breeze, the Inner Harbour is an essential stop when exploring Victoria. Among its highlights are the elegant Fairmont Empress hotel and the narrow streets beyond.
 
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.
 
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.
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.
 
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.
 
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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16 Tours and Activities to Experience Victoria Inner Harbour

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Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart GardensDay Trips

Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

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Explore the city of Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens on this half-day guided tour. On the way to the gardens, stop at several attractions including Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, and Mount Tolmie Park. While at the Butchart Gardens, take in the impressive floral displays and the many theme gardens. On the return trip, visit Chinatown, Parliament, and the Empress Hotel.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$247.83 
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in VictoriaPhotography Tours

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

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Capture lasting memories of your vacation in Victoria by hiring a private photographer for a one-hour shoot. You'll have your choice of a variety of scenic routes, with stops for professional photos along the way. Around 30 high-res photographs will be available to you within five days of your photo shoot.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$350.00 
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Picturesque Victoria City Highlights Private TourBus Tours

Picturesque Victoria City Highlights Private Tour

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See the best of our historical to modern day city through a true locals eyes: the colourful Fisherman's Wharf house boat community, the regal Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings nestled within the inner harbour, eclectic Government Street, the LoJo art-filled shopping district, Canada's oldest Chinatown, see the ducks and peacocks at Beacon Hill Park and the world's tallest freestanding totem pole, and in Victoria's oldest neighbourhood we'll see the Government House and the Craigdarroch Castle - this is your day, stop and take photos along the way! We'll take a scenic waterfront drive stop at Mount Tolmie to take in a 360 degree view of the snow-capped mountains, city-scape, ocean and countryside.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$254.19 
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Victoria Full-Day Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Travel to Victoria by private tour from Vancouver with included round-trip transport and an admission ticket to one of the city’s most famous attractions, Butchart Gardens. During your ferry ride from Vancouver, enjoy views of the Strait of Georgia. Plus, make a stop at Victoria Harbour, and go on a tour of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Christmas in Victoria and the Butchart GardensChristmas

Christmas in Victoria and the Butchart Gardens

Make this Christmas one to remember with this tour to Victoria and Butchart Gardens from downtown Victoria. Travel to Butchart Gardens to explore the holiday-themed lights, including a 12 Days of Christmas display. Mosey on through the neighborhoods of Victoria to see some of the best residential displays in the city, and then end the night with a visit to Inner Harbour to get you in the spirit of Christmas with more views of festive lights.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Enjoy A Private Tour of Beautiful Victoria!Half-day Tours

Enjoy A Private Tour of Beautiful Victoria!

We provide a personal experience with a friendly, professional tour guide in a large luxury 14 passenger van!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in VictoriaPhotography Tours

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Victoria and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Victoria, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in VictoriaPhotography Tours

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

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Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Victoria and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Victoria, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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From  
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Butchart Gardens Countryside City Highlights TourDay Trips

Butchart Gardens Countryside City Highlights Tour

This is an excellent tour for those who have a little extra time. On this private tour, you can set your own pace to visit our beautiful Butchart Gardens and have time to explore our historic modern city. We will tour through Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods, Craigdarroch Castle and the Government House. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Inner Harbour while looking at the spectacular Parliament Building and historic Empress Hotel. We will tour through Chinatown and colorful Fisherman's Wharf. See the worlds largest totem pole. Sit back and enjoy a scenic seaside drive to Butchart Gardens and have an opportunity for an amazing 360 mountain top view. Explore enchanting Butchart Gardens at your own pace. You can dine at the Gardens or we can stop for a bite at a local eatery, enjoy a local winery or cidery as we drive through scenic countryside past quaint farms and modern estates. Butchart Gardens Entrance fees not included. Easily purchase tickets at gardens on arrival.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Gourmet Dinner Tour Including Local Beer, Wine and City HighlightsHalf-day Tours

Gourmet Dinner Tour Including Local Beer, Wine and City Highlights

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A 3.5 hour tour of Victoria, featuring a full 3 course progressive dinner, including local beer and wine, city highlights and an insiders look at the spirit of Victoria. Your local hosts will guide you through three walking tours to see the sights, tastes, and history of this beautiful city. Complimentary transportation to and from the Ogden Point cruise terminal or a local hotel can be arranged upon request. Tour includes, appetizers, local beer and wine, main entrée, dessert, coffee/tea, digestifs, all from several of Victoria's finest restaurants in a progressive dinner format. This is the way we show off our city to our friends and family who visit, and we look forward to sharing it with you. Food allergies and vegetarian options can be accommodated with advance notice. Gratuities are not included in the price and are optional.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens TourNature and Wildlife

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

2-Hour Grand City TourNature and Wildlife

2-Hour Grand City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens TourDay Trips

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City with High Tea at Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a two and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees, as well as a classic British Style High Tea with mouth-watering scones, delicious pastries, savory chowder, exquisite tea sandwiches, sumptuous desserts, and a selection of fine teas. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City TourNature and Wildlife

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Butchart Gardens and City Tour covers some of the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00 
Price varies by group size
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Victoria Sightseeing and Photography TourPhotography Tours

Victoria Sightseeing and Photography Tour

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Frame the beauty of Victoria by day and night on this full-day sightseeing and photography tour from Vancouver. Bring along your DSLR unit or a camera phone, and learn from a professional photographer about technique, exposure, lighting, and composition for both nature and cityscapes. Enjoy a ferry ride, and visit Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Market Square, Chinatown/Fan Tan alley, Fisherman's Wharf, and Beacon Hill Park. Hotel transport included.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Victoria to Seattle High Speed Passenger Ferry ONE-WAYFerry Services

Victoria to Seattle High Speed Passenger Ferry ONE-WAY

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Sit back and relax on the high-speed Victoria Clipper ferry that travels from Victoria to Seattle. Leaving from Inner Harbor, the comfortable boat ride takes less than three hours, traveling through Puget Sound to Pier 69 in Seattle's waterfront district. The on-board amenities include duty-free shopping, as well as in-seat food and beverage service (at your own expense).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are Victoria Inner Harbour hours of operation?
A:
Victoria Inner Harbour hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:
What's the best way to experience Victoria Inner Harbour?