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Tourists arriving in Victoria by cruise ship or staying downtown may enjoy safe, soft, intimate eco-friendly, land and marine adventure tours with local guides located at Fisherman’s Wharf. Tourists may tour to Fisherman’s Wharf in comfortable, fun Victoria Pedicabs via bicycle paths and quiet city streets. The tour guide/driver can also give extended tours showing Victoria’s cosmopolitan culture, its shopping district, food hotspots and best brew pubs as well as its character homes, beautiful neighbourhoods and garden paths. Tourists should consider seeing Beacon Hill Park, James Bay, The Empress Hotel, Craigdarroch Castle, Chinatown with Fan Tan Alley and stop at Fisherman’s Wharf half way between the cruise ship terminal and downtown Victoria for soft eco-adventure.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a cute little "village" of houseboats with fishing, sailing, and sea planes taking off and landing nearby.
Barb’s Fish and Chips, is the local landmark. Barb’s is a floating seafood restaurant with open-air and sheltered picnic tables locally voted #1
Best Fish and Chips for 26 years. If it is busy, tourists may be given a beeper to free them to walk the wharf to visit the other businesses while their meal is prepared and then they may meet the locals and other tourists at a shared table. Fisherman’s Wharf’s other tourism businesses include
Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours,
Kelp Reef Kayaks, Jackson's Ice Cream, Grilligan's BBQ,
The Fish Store Sushi and More, The Boutique,
SeaKing Whale Watching,
Hi Gear Crab Sales and the
Moka House Coffee and Bistro.
Eagle Wing Tours gives tourists a photo op at a whale sightings map and whale interpretive center at Fisherman’s Wharf. Some tourists actually take the tour to see the whales: a “life-changing” experience. Whale watching through the San Juan & Gulf Islands, Race Rocks and Port Angeles gives tourists scenic views and photographic opportunities of whales in their natural habitat. Tourists may see Orcas on a seal hunt, the barnacles on humpbacks, or even smell the breath of Minke whales. Other large mammals tourists may see include sea lions, seals, dolphins, and porpoises. The captain uses an underwater hydrophone to let tourists hear whales communicating. Tourists can stand on the viewing platform of the larger Goldwing boat or can have an intimate 12 passenger tour on the Eaglewing (fast but smooth). Tourists are provided with waterproof jackets, leggings, hats, sunglasses, toques, blankets, gloves, sunscreen and binoculars; they might consider bringing their own camera, extra binoculars, sweatshirt, sunhat, suntan lotion, sunglasses and some snacks/water/drinks from Fisherman’s Wharf.
Tourists can have a more leisurely experience taking a kayaking tour from Fisherman’s Wharf with
Kelp Reef Kayaks. Novice paddlers are provided with kayaks and safety equipment and instructions on basic paddling techniques and ocean etiquette. They stay dry entering the kayaks from the dock, and then are guided on a relaxing paddle of the scenic waterfront and surrounding islets in the safe zone of the protected inner harbour. Tourists may see orcas, sea lions, harbour seals, sea otters, mink, great blue herons, bald eagles, vultures, Canada geese, cormorants, gulls, ducks, black oyster catchers, rock crabs, and jellyfish. They stop for a picnic stop in a bull kelp forest.
Tourists may depart Fisherman’s Wharf for a tour of the inner harbour in one of the little wooden 12-passenger “pickle boats”.
Victoria Harbour Ferry’s offers tourists 10-kilometer (6-7 miles) tours around Victoria’s inner harbour or along the quieter 3-mile Gorge Waterway. Tourists should ensure the skipper knows they want a tour of the harbour as the ferries also pick up and drop off passengers wanting transport at stops along the route. Tourists can see shipyards, floatplanes, luxury yachts, heritage homes, kayakers, seals, and herons. The skipper can tell them about the seaside restaurants and pubs, attractions, and activities and current events around the city. Tourists may be dropped off to walk to the city via Victoria’s lovely seaside trails from points around the harbour.