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Your source for official information from Victoria Harbour Ferry. Stay tuned for updates on the latest news, events, promotions, and other good stuff.

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YOU'RE INVITED!

Point Hope Maritime invites you to a Family Friendly Free Event! Join us on Sunday, June 19 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm for an Open House at Point Hope Maritime. Cycle, walk or take a FREE water taxi!

Interested in learning more about Victoria’s unique harbour? Victoria Harbour Ferry will also be providing free “Working Harbour” Tours.

Water taxi pickup locations for this event are:

  • Empress Dock (Inner Harbour Causeway)
  • Chinatown Dock (Mermaid Wharf)

 

 

 

VICTORIA HARBOUR FERRY IS HONORED TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT PRIDE MONTH.

Throughout June our vessels will fly the Rainbow Flag supporting the members of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and 2-spirited (LGBTQ2+ community.  Victoria Harbour Ferry embodies the principle of inclusivity which is key to success in everything we do

Victoria Harbour Ferry & Hot Tub Boat Victoria have teamed up to bring you the ultimate summer adventure package!

  • Package includes a private Hot Tub Boat rental and a Victoria Harbour Ferry “Pickle Pub Crawl” for 4 people.
  • Book a hot tub boat rentals and receive a code to book 4 tickets for Victoria Harbour Ferry’s Pickle Pub Crawl to attend on a date of your choosing! (June 1 – August 31, 2022)
  • $350 total per group
  • Must be 19+ years old

Click here for more info & to book! 

Show a mom in your life how amazing she really is and win a chance to surprise her with her very own front row seat to the Victoria Harbour Ferry Water
Ballet!

Nominate a special mom in your life to win one of 6 VIP seats for the water ballet on Sunday May 8th.

Winning mom’s will also receive a bouquet of flowers and a $30 gift certificate to Milestone’s waterfront restaurant.

Winners will be selected at random on Friday May 6th.

VICTORIA HARBOUR FERRY ADOPTS QR CODE SYSTEM FOR HAILING A WATER-TAXI RIDE

Scan the code on dock signs using a smartphone and fill in the form to request a water taxi!

Hailing a Victoria Harbour Ferry vessel just got a little easier with the company launching a new dispatch system that allows passengers to call for a ride by capturing a QR code with their smartphone from any of the stops around the harbour.

“We wanted to step into the 21st century,” quipped general manager Barry Hobbis. “This updates the way we serve our water taxi passengers.”

Capturing the QR image takes any smartphone to a harbour ferry portal and a dispatch request form. Customers fill in details like where they are, where they want to go and how many people are in the party and a ferry will be sent to that location.

Hobbis said the system will allow those waiting for a ferry to get their request through even when dispatchers are taking phone calls.

The system also allows the dispatcher to track all ferries in the harbour and dispatch the one closest to the customer and send a message to the passengers telling them when the vessel will arrive.

The customers will be able to see where their water taxi is in the harbour and which direction it is travelling in.

“This will eliminate the need for people to be on hold, like when it’s busy in the summer time” and eliminates busy signals and “God-awful elevator music,” said Hobbis.

The QR codes are posted at every dock site around the harbour.

Hobbis said the system has been working well since launch last week, but they will keep the phone reservation option ­available as not everyone is comfortable with QR codes and smartphones.

“The take up has been really good, but the really nice part is we’re not leaving anybody out there waiting,” he said.

Victoria Harbour Ferry is also preparing to launch a Valentine’s Day cruise and it has decorated one of the ferries in hearts and lights and a hand-picked selection of romantic music.

The cruise takes passengers from the docks in front of the Empress Hotel on an abridged tour of the harbour and to the docks in front of the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. At the Delta’s Lure restaurant a table will be waiting with champagne and dessert.

“We’re hoping that will give people a bit of a relief, let them get out and enjoy each other and it’s a little bit of decadence,” Hobbis said.

The cruise on the “Love Boat” will be offered between Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 for $80 per couple.

Andrew Duffy, [email protected]

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MARCH 14- MARCH 25 SPRING BREAK SALE!

Kids Ride Free 

Offer valid for Combo Tours and Water Taxi rides to the incredible Fisherman’s Wharf!

POINT ELLICE HOUSE IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON!

 

Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens is officially open for the season. Barring any interruptions due to changing PHOs, Point Ellice House will remain open through to the last weekend before Christmas 2022.

Point Ellice dock is accessible to Victoria Harbour Ferry patrons during our open hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm to 4pm.

 

GORGE WATERWAY CLEANUP 2021

Saturday, Sept 18, 10am – 12pm

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AS NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK KICKS OFF, STAY LOCAL & SUPPORT LOCAL

As we head into the May long weekend, National Tourism Week also kicks off running May 23-30, 2021. Traditionally the start of our summer tourism season, Victoria Harbour Ferry joins our Destination Greater Victoria, Tourism Vancouver Island and BC Regional Tourism Secretariat partners to encourage British Columbians in each region to celebrate the occasion by staying local and supporting local tourism businesses.

APRIL 29TH IS INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY!

April 29th is International Dance Day! Check out this incredible video of dancers across Victoria…..

Can you spot the Harbour Ferry ballet dancers?

BUSINESS EVENTS IN VICTORIA

Meet in Victoria and host your next Conference here. Victoria offers a range of hotels in its downtown core, all within walking distance from the Victoria Conference Centre. Learn about these hotels and their unique offerings that will ensure a memorable experience.

WATER TAXI SERVICE RETURNS TO THE INNER HARBOUR AND GORGE WATERWAY

On Friday, June 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., we will resume water taxi service to select docks in Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Gorge Waterway, on a modified schedule. We are excited to resume our operations in the harbour and look forward to providing an enjoyable and safe experience onboard our vessels. As we navigate through these uncertain times, our commitment to safety grows stronger. We are working under the guidance of Transport Canada, public health authorities, and WorkSafe BC to ensure that we maintain a high standard of cleanliness, as we welcome our valued staff and passengers.

Upon taking a water taxi, passengers will be briefed on our new COVID-19 protocols. These include the daily sanitation of all boats, marked seating, and a reduction in the number of passengers allowed to board a vessel. At our docks, partitions are mounted to keep passengers safely distanced, and our captains will be wearing masks.

We look forward to welcoming you onboard as we proceed with caution and care to ensure that we provide a safe environment for everyone.