Victoria Harbour Ferry
Victoria Harbour Ferry
4.5
Boat Tours • Ferries
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Victoria Harbour Ferry's boats provide the best view of Victoria...From the ocean! Take a Harbour Tour, historic Gorge Waterway Cruise, or hop on an H2O Water Taxi as you explore inner harbour destinations. Visit us on the dock in front of the Empress Hotel. From there, a VHF Captain can take you to Victoria's best-kept secret: Fisherman's Wharf! Feed the seals, grab some lunch from Barb's Fish and Chips, check out the funky float homes, go for a whale-watching or kayak adventure with Eagle Wing or Kelp Reef, and pick up an ice cream cone from Jackson's on the way back into town! We have something for everyone...Including the Pickle Pub Crawl! Come down anytime to pick up a wristband, which you can use for four harbour ferry rides to "hop" from one harbour brewpub to another. Plus, groups of four or more get free appetizers at each location! So much to do, and so much to see...Victoria Harbour Ferry!
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Claire M
1 contribution
Dec 2022
We enjoyed our trip very much. The festive lights of the city and the boats were almost as impressive as Paintscape’s presentation. Our grandchildren were mesmerized by the changing media offerings. The charges for children was reasonable, the adult charge was a little high and no senior rate. Still a wonderful addition to the holiday season.
Written December 6, 2022
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PMahdis
Edmonton, Canada1,125 contributions
Dec 2021
After the ride, I am thinking that I would like to move near water and get a boat just like these. A little 10hp diesel that putts along pretty good. I gave this a 5 because I see someone gave them a 1 because they asked for proof of vaccination. I like not being with anti vaxxer nuts.
At night when we were there they had the boat ballet which was great considering it was short and cost nothing.
Written January 1, 2022
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Terry S
Fareham, UK164 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Ten years after our first harbour tour returned for a second round the harbours tour. We were just as impressed this time. Lovely views and interesting commentary. As we approached the end of the trip saw five of these small boats doing a ballet sequence off the end of the jetty. Absolutely spectacular.
Written September 16, 2022
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Jasmine039
Victoria, Canada425 contributions
Dec 2022
I’ll start with the Cons. Given the hype about the lights and audio show “A Winter Dream,” this tour was very disappointing. Even more so when you consider the $35.00 cost per ticket (plus tax)! The narrator’s voice was bland, the voices of the characters were amateurish (child, father, guests), the music nothing special, and as for the story itself? It was a message straight out of a Hallmark greeting card. Didactic, schmaltzy, repetitive: “The magic of Christmas is being there for others.” The narrator made sure we heard it several times. “Be there.” Yes, we get it already. The scenes projected on the sides of buildings were cleverly done, although if you were on the wrong side of the boat, you couldn’t see them clearly, in spite of the captain saying he would ensure that the boat was turned around so that everyone had a good view. There were only three such scenes.

The Pros. We went on a lovely evening, and the sea was like a mirror. The Christmas lights from sailboats and buildings reflected in the water were so beautiful we hardly needed the “enhancement” of a story. The 16-passenger ferry was warm, uncrowded, and the seats were very comfortable. We loved when the “show” was over and the soundtrack switched to Christmas songs and carols. If Harbour Ferries were to scrap the audio-visual show, lower the price, and offer harbour lights tours with Christmas songs, I would highly recommend this tour. If you don't want the Christmas music, just hop on one of the pickle-boats (water taxis) and view the harbour lights at a fraction of the coast. I would not recommend “A Winter Dream.”
Written December 14, 2022
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Pepper
9 contributions
Dec 2022
My adult daughter and I were very disappointed with the tour. The light show was only on the one side of the boat and it was very childish…maybe suited more for children but even the children on the boat did not seem all that interested in it either. The commentary was amateurish. I’m sorry to say for the price of $35 per person it was a total letdown.
Written December 12, 2022
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susanjanetwright
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
Jul 2022
My grandsons and I visited Victoria this past weekend, leaving today. We had saved a harbour ferry ride until this morning and arrived downtown to book our tickets about 9:30. We wanted to go up to Chinatown.

I was shocked to find that the fare was $30. for the less than 5 minute ride!! No discounts for seniors (which I am) or even teens (my eldest grandchild is 14) or free for children. We didn’t stop at any of the stops in between, just scooted up to Chinatown and that was it. My receipt is attached.

I feel cheated and taken advantage of - I didn’t want to walk away, although the woman in front of me did, because of my grandchildren. So we took the ride but it felt like a typical “tourist trap”, overcharged and underdelivered. We took a tour and visited several galleries during our stay, all of which were worthwhile and reasonably priced.

I will pass along my feedback to friends who visit Victoria and I send it to you in the hope that you will adjust your prices to be more in line with the actual experience.

Thank you for listening,
Susan
Written July 25, 2022
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twysted2015
Kelowna, Canada2,235 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We had a really nice operator take us from fisherman’s wharf to the delta drop off which was about 7 minutes or so by their boat. It was pleasant after a long walk that day, but I downgraded the score due to the price point. 24 dollars for the two of us on a single 7 minute trip was very high in my experience. Still, I would do it again, but definitely not use it as a regular means of travel.
Written November 19, 2022
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Rick C
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Technology goes sideways.
What started out as a great experience went sideways within 10 minutes.
The audio system's magic smoke came out and the captain did his best to narrate the lightshow's movements.

At that point the captain called it and we returned to the dock. While the tried his best, it was all for not.

We were told by more than one person we would be contacted "tomorrow". Well, that was five days ago and not communication.

My wife has made repeated attempts to contact by email and we have had no response.
Shame on you Ralmax.
Written December 8, 2022
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JuneRL
Vancouver Island, Canada31 contributions
Dec 2022
As locals we were pleased to see that the Harbour Ferry was offering a Christmas tour, however, it fell a little flat. For young children it would have been a good event before Christmas but not after as one of the displays was about Santa's workshop. The recorded ferry commentary got old and was full pf platitudes. We would not do this tour again in it's present form although it was great to see the city lights and the parliament building all lit up from the water. If it happens again next year, there need to be more displays and better commentary. We love the harbour ferries as they add so much to the atmosphere of the harbour.
Written December 31, 2022
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Gary S
Duncan, Canada75 contributions
Feb 2022
Captain Christopher was at his usual best with whimsical stories and humour along with history of Victoria Harbour. We were on the Valentine's Day Love Boat tour with dessert/Prosecco at the Delta Hotel. What a wonderful experience and what an innovative idea. Highly recommended anytime. Thank you Harbour Ferries. A1.
Written February 15, 2022
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