Gorge Tour

Step back in time, relax and enjoy this scenic 75-minute guided tour featuring historic neighbourhoods, working shipyards, and if the tide is in your favour, a chance to see the reversing falls under the Tillicum Bridge.

 

Your guide will share the rich history of Coast Salish peoples who have lived on the land for over 4,000 years. Discover the politics, culture, and everyday life of the early Victorian residents. Learn how the Gorge was nearly destroyed by decades of industrial pollution and about the extensive restoration efforts to return the fragile ecosystems to its natural splendor.

 

With only 10 seats per sailing, this intimate tour will get you up close and personal with some of our favourite things— ocean views, marine life, and history. And you can see it all safe in the knowledge that our eco-friendly, zero-omission electric ferries will preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.

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Tickets
ADULT
$30
STUDENT
$28
SENIOR (65+)
$28
CHILD (11 and under)
$15
Best Value
FAMILY PASS
2 adults, 2 children (11 and under)
$75

Tour Highlights

Each of our tours are created around our Five Cornerstones. This guarantees you the quintessential Victoria experience while giving our captains the freedom to share local secrets and personal memories of their home.

History: Learn about the Coast Salish peoples that lived in the area before the arrivals of European navigators, the Victorian settlers that contributed to the early development of the city, and how Victoria has grown over the years.

Architecture: Get a unique view of the many original buildings that line the Inner Harbour, and compare the modern skyline to historic photographs, and hear the tragic tale of the famous architect Francis Rattenbury

Harbour Life: Glimpse into Victoria's rich naval history, experience the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the port, and you might even see one of the many sailing and boating events.

Aircraft: Look to the skies and learn about the role Victoria played in the World Wars, or watch seaplanes land and take-off right beside you on the water.

Wildlife: Victoria is home to an abundance of wildlife including sea otter, seals and sea lions, blue herons, bald eagles and, from time to time, magnificent orca whales.

TICKETS + DEPARTURE

Purchase your tickets and depart at the Empress Dock, located near the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel. 

HAPPY BOATS

From the moment you step aboard, you'll be greeted by the salty ocean breeze and the friendliest folks you'll ever meet. Victoria Harbour Ferry has been connecting locals and visitors to the city's waterfront neighbourhoods, parks and communities for almost 30 years. Our experienced captains are known for their love of the ocean, passion for storytelling, and unrivaled safety records. Join us on the water and see why our boats are the happiest little boats in the harbour!

QUESTIONS

Find answers to our most frequently asked questions. Still have questions? Our friendly staff are always happy to help! Give us a call, send a quick email or better yet— stop by the dock and have a chat!

SEE YOU SOON!

Join us on the water for an exciting and educational cruise through Victoria's beautiful waterways! Whether you're an experienced seafarer or this is your first time on a boat, there is always something new to learn from our expert captains. We can't wait to welcome you aboard!