Our History

Victoria Harbour Ferry is the fastest and most convenient way to get around Victoria's Inner Harbour, whether you're commuting to work or visiting the city for the first time. Our happy little boats have been connecting locals and visitors to Victoria's waterfront neighbourhoods, parks and communities for almost 30 years. Founded in 1990 with just two ferry boats, we have since expanded to a team of over 50 seasonal and full-time crew members and have carried more than four million passengers.

 

Take a walk with us down memory lane and see for yourself why Victoria Harbour Ferry is one of the city's most treasured attractions.

Victoria Harbour Ferry Oct 21 2018 ©kevinlightphoto Lx18535

June 1990

FOUNDED

Victoria Harbour Ferry was launched in 1990 with just two ferry boats. These happy boats quickly became an iconic symbol of Victoria's Inner Harbour.

July 1990

FIRST WATER BALLET

When the harbour ferries were originally brought to Victoria in 1990, the Skippers were amazed at their maneuverability. Taking inspiration from the world famous RCMP Musical Ride, they set out to test their abilities by creating a synchronized performance and the Water Ballet was born!

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August 1994

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The 1994 Commonwealth Games brought world wide attention to Victoria Harbour Ferry when it performed its signature Water Ballet for 18 days straight.

April 2013

FIRST PICKLE PUB CRAWL

In 2013, Victoria Harbour Ferry introduced a one-of-kind pub crawl featuring the lovable green ferries, affectionately nicknamed "pickle boats."

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May 2015

FIRST ZERO-EMISSION ELECTRIC FERRY

In anticipation of the company's 25th anniversary, Victoria Harbour Ferry introduced their first electric passenger vessel. Since then, the number has grown to four eco-friendly, zero-omission electric ferries that will preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.

June 2015

CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

To celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, Victoria Harbour Ferry treated locals to a Community Birthday Party featuring a BBQ and free 30-minute tours.

Nice to meet you

It takes an entire team of happy people to run our happy boats. From retired naval officers, police officers, and lawyers to professional golfers, restaurateurs, sailing instructors, and florists, our crew is made up of some of the most interesting and amazing folks you'll ever meet!

Barry Hobbis

Vice President of Operations

Barry was born and raised right here in Victoria. He's happily married with 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He's served with the Oak Bay Police Force, Saanich Police Force, and was a member of the RCMP in BC, AB, and SK. He was also recruited to a legal publishing company and served as V.P. Divisional Publications. He loves being on the water and spending time with family!

Janet Baggot

Manager of Finance and Human Resources

Janet was born and raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. She has worked in Finance and HR in the Forest and Mining Industries for over forty years and has lived in Northern BC, Kootenay, and Kelowna. Janet now calls Gabriola Island home and enjoys exploring and working on Vancouver Island.

Sabina Saransingh

Manager of Communications & Marketing

Sabina was born in Manitoba, raised in Trinidad & Tobago and Toronto, before moving to Victoria. A seasoned communications professional, Sabina has progressed in her field by gaining experience in the financial industry and non-profit sector. From exploring the city streets to hiking the trails, Sabina takes full advantage of everything Vancouver Island has to offer.

YOU?

Have you ever daydreamed about quitting your desk job, hopping on a boat, and spending your day out on the open ocean?

You'll fit right in!

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It takes an entire crew of happy people to run our happy boats. Explore our job openings and find a career you'll love!