Harbour Tour

Victoria's Harbour really is the heart of the city. For over 4000 years, the Coast Salish peoples lived along the shoreline where they relied on the abundance of resources for hunting, fishing, and foraging. Early European explorers soon discovered the natural splendor for themselves and established the city as the main port in Western Canada. Follow in their paddle-strokes as your guide shares the story of Victoria's waterways in this 45-minute scenic tour.


Get a first-hand look at how the harbour functions as a seaport, and seaplane airplane terminal as well as a cruise ship and ferry destination. Uncover the secrets of historic landmarks like the Parliament Buildings, First Nation sacred territories, wildlife habitats, and float home communities. 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 Harbour 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.

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(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 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, of course, magnificent orca whales.


Purchase your tickets and depart at the Empress Dock. On the way back, your captain will give you the option of ending your tour at Fisherman's Wharf or returning to the starting point at the Empress Dock.


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, send a quick email or better yet— stop by the dock and have a chat!


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!