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Exploring Victoria's Inner Harbor

Updated on November 17, 2016

Those getting a bit Sleepless in Seattle who are looking for a one day adventure can getaway to Victoria, Canada courtesy of Clipper Vacations. In two hours and 40 minutes, one can leave from the port of Seattle and arrive in downtown Victoria.

This city boasts the mildest climate in Canada with an average snowfall of only 9.75 inches and an average rainfall of 23 inches, less than recorded precipitation in Seattle, Washington. The winters are mild and the summers are reasonably warm.

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Upon debarking, set out to explore Canada's most walkable city by foot. First stop, lunch. Grab a bite on the pier at Red Fish Blue Fish (1006 Wharf Street), a canteen-style, take-out fish restaurant that's operated out of a steel shipping container on Victoria's Inner Harbor. They serve up 100% Ocean Wise sanctioned local fish including Pacific halibut, wild salmon, albacore tuna, Qualicum scallops and Fanny Bay oysters.

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After lunch explore the city's inner harbor courtesy of a forty-five minute guided Harbor Tour that features ample opportunities to photograph picturesque marinas, a unique float home villages and views of the Olympic Mountains, as well as harbor sea life including otters, seabirds, and harbor seals. During the tour, visitors can hop on and off at any location. Be sure to stop off for some shopping at Fisherman’s Wharf. Ferries depart every 15 to 20 minutes from Causeway Marina with a ticket cost of $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $12 for children (13 and under), $22 for students or $60 for a family pass (2 Adults / 2 Children). Those who want to continue exploring Victoria by water can purchase a combination harbor and Gorge tour ticket.

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After your time on the water take a stroll around downtown. Stop off at the Royal BC Museum for an exploration of thousands of years of history, from First Nations artifacts to modern times. Then stroll across the street to capture a view of the Parliament Buildings. Time permitting, enjoy some people watching and shopping along Government Street, stroll through the cobbled squares of Old Towne or walk around seaside Beacon Hill Park before taking the ferry back to Seattle.

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For additional suggestions of things to do in Victoria, download the Victoria Vacation guide.

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