Gorge Tour

Step back in time, relax and enjoy this scenic 45-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.

This intimate tour will get you up close and personal with some of our favourite things— ocean views, marine life, and history!


Note: In these unique times, the Gorge Tour may need to be boarded rather as a Combo Tour.  Where a tour is converted to a Combo, you will see much of the best of each of the two tours.

Harbor Seal 946563
(12 years and under)


A 15-minute non-narrated boat ride! Passengers may accompany taxi passengers as the vessel travels its various routes, but stay onboard until their time is up. This service is available from and back to any stop.

(Both Adults & Children)

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 arrival of European navigators and 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 river otters, seals and sea lions, blue herons, bald eagles and, from time to time, magnificent orca whales.


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

You can also purchase your tour ticket from any of the Harbour Ferry Captains.


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!


Find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Still have questions? Our friendly staff are always happy to help! Give us a call at 1-250-514-9794 


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!