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British Columbia is the westernmost of Canada's 10 provinces and also a component of the Pacific Northwest, along with the US states of Oregon and Washington.

Tropical Weather

Atlantic

ALL CLEAR for cruisers

 

Eastern Pacific

ALL CLEAR for cruisers

About Canada

Canada, where English and French are the official languages, is the world's second largest country in land area with urban cities, small towns, large mountain ranges and vast coastlines. It is a highly developed, stable democracy with a vibrant economy. Tourist facilities are widely available in much of the country, but the northern and wilderness areas are less developed and facilities there can be vast distances apart.

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Shopping

Market Square

You'll find independent boutiques offering the latest fashion trends in clothing, shoes and accessories; home decor from furniture to decorative accents; locally made jewelry; fun gift ideas; a hair salon, nightclub and more. Choose from a variety of tasty dine-in and take-out restaurants - Mexican, Indonesian, sushi, gourmet fudge, and a vegetarian buffet. Centrally located in downtown Victoria at 560 Johnson Street.

Festival of the Arts

Annual event takes place at Bastion Square May - Sep. Two block long public market with the focus on art and artisans

Getting around  

To the City

Services to passengers include a shuttle bus service operated by CVS Cruise Victoria to provide guests an alternative to the 30 minute walk to downtown Victoria. Public buses stop along Dallas Street on their way to downtown Victoria. Taxi cabs and limousines are also available onsite.

In the City

Touring Pedicabs and Horse Draw Carriages for those who want a leisurely view of the of the city.

Victoria Harbor Ferry

12-passenger boats that cruise along a route that includes stops at Songhees Park and Fisherman's Wharf. Boats run every fifteen minutes.

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Victoria BC Canada

victoria bc harbour

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Victoria is the Capital of British Columbia, Canada -  located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1841. The British heritage is reflected in the architecture of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings(finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the Empress hotel(opened in 1908).

Known as the "City of Gardens," Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a thriving technology sector. The city has a large non-local student population, who come to attend the many universities and colleges located in the area.  Victoria is also popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.   Canada Map

Good to Know

Port of Entry

Ogden Point pier is located about a mile from downtown and can accommodate as many as four cruise ships at a time.

Time Zone

PST (UTC-8)

Map Coordinates

48°25N, 123°23W  

Climate

Victoria offers a sub-Mediterranean climate meaning moderate weather year-round. Summer air is dry and mild -average temperatures range from the mid 60's - mid 80's.

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Things to do and see

Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay located near Victoria. The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to their international renown. Located at 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay.

High Tea at Fairmont Empress Hotel

721 Government Street, Victoria, BC
(250) 384-8111

Indulge in one of Victoria's grandest traditions - Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress. For over 95 years, the majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual - the taking of Afternoon Tea. Use this link for tea times and reservations.

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Pub Tours

In downtown Victoria, there are many pubs and microbreweries. Travel to a traditional English-style pub and visit others with a uniquely Canadian atmosphere. You’ll have the opportunity to visit three different taverns and sample local Canadian brews. This excursion can be booked through the following cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Line; Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line; Norwegian Cruise Line; Princess Cruises; Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

Craigdarroch (Craig Derek) Castle

Craigdarroch Castle historic house museum is located just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent in Victoria, British Columbia. A Canadian National Historic Site, this Victorian-era castle was built between 1887-1890.

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Beacon Hill Park

The park is popular both with tourists and locals, and contains a number of amenities including woodland and shoreline trails, two playgrounds, a waterpark, playing fields, a petting zoo, tennis courts, many ponds, and landscaped gardens.

Whale Watching

During this thrilling harbor cruise, you'll be on the look out for these majestic creatures, as well as be able to spot seals, sea lions and porpoises. This excursion can be booked through the following cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Line; Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line; Norwegian Cruise Line; Princess Cruises; Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

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