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Updated on May 14, 2014

Floating Homes of Vancouver Island

A day trip to Victoria BC and a perfect opportunity to take some photos of the floating homes in Fisherman's Wharf the Venice of Victoria. Fisherman's Wharf attracts hundreds of tourists each year that come to taste the world's famous Barb's Fish and Chips, they come for ambiance and to take a look at the eclectic float homes with their teeny tiny gardens.

I came here for the photos because I love idea of living on the water. I spent 3 years living on a 56' Chris Craft boat in Vancouver BC and everyday that I walked the 1000 ft. long dock up to the parking lot I would pass by floating homes of every type, size, and color. The lifestyle was wonderful and the community was unique. It was like living in a small town, just down the shore from the big city. Living on the boat was great but being an artist, I needed a little more space.

After moving off the boat, I have always dreamed of building or purchasing a float home, so every chance I get I visit different float home communities around the island to take photos of all the different styles so if the opportunity should arise I will know exactly what sort of float home to build or buy.

So on this page I will be sharing some of the photos I've taken of the different float home communities on Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands. I'm still finding new communities of floating homes so if you are interested make sure to come back often because I will be adding more photos as I visit each community.

So come along and join me on my photo tour of floating homes of Vancouver Island and see how each owner adds their unique personality to their float home.

Copyright text and photos, if not mentioned otherwise: Judith Nazarewicz

My Favorite Cameras - The cameras and equipment and software I used to create this page.

I'm just a novice at photography, but as I get older my interest in taking pictures has become an amazing hobby. For an novice my photo's aren't the best but these two camera's made all the difference. It's so much fun to take pictures of things that interest me and get the quality I want out of the photo. It's thoroughly amazing at what a good camera do.

As for the software I use to edit my photos, I find Adobe Photoshop CS6 the ultimate. You can probably get away with software that is quite a bit cheaper but since I'm an artist both digitally and tradition I love all of Adobe Software.

Anyways, I just wanted to share of my equipment with you. :-)

Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR, 55-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR, 55-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
I've this camera for about 4 years and I love it. It takes great pictures!
Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
I just purchased the Nikon D800 and so far I really like it. I'm looking forward to trying it out in the coming weeks.

The Floating Home Community on Fisherman's Wharf - The Venice of Victoria BC.


Photo Credit: Judith Nazarewicz

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 So many people have a dream of living near the water, but there are a few people who take their dream to the extreme and live a ultimate unique west coast lifestyle surrounded by water and boats in a floating home or a live-aboard boat. The lifestyle is unique and gives you the opportunity to enjoy both the beauty and relaxation of being on the water. How awesome is that?

Although floating homes can be moved, they rarely are; unlike houseboats and live-aboard boats, floating homes have no propulsion power of their own. Most do not have motors they are merely buoyant rafts or platforms that are securely tied to the dock.

Moorage fees in marinas start at about $400 a month, depending on the size of the float and the location; strata-titled water lots start at $250,000. These homes receive water, sewage service and get their electricity by being plugged into the electrical grid. Floating house sizes range from between 400 to 3,000 square feet, and are cost from $40,000 to $1 million.

Eclectic Floating Homes


Photo Credit: Judith Nazarewicz

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Nothing like stepping out of your patio door and jumping into your boat and going for lunch.

Not Your Ordinary Shack On A Raft


Photo Credit: Judith Nazarewicz

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 People have been living in floating homes on the West Coast for more than 150 years and it used to be that if you didn't have the money to purchase land you could just throw up a shack on a raft of some sort and call it home. The first float homes on the West Coast were log cabins built on log floats. These floating structures were not only used for living but also for business.

For many years, floating logging camps and fishing camps have been a way sustaining life on the West Coast of British Columbia. Sometimes these camps were treasured for their pleasures and freedoms but other times they were blamed for their loneliness and isolation.

As a matter of fact there are still quite a few active floating logging camps on the Pacific West Coast.


Photo Credit: Judith Nazarewicz

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Go for a early morning swim in the cold water right off your front deck; sip on your morning coffee while taking in the panoramic ocean views; enjoying the sea birds and wildlife of waterfront living; then, hop in boat or your kayak for an afternoon meeting.

Books on Boathouses and Float Homes in Victoria BC


Not familiar with Victoria BC? Here are some books that you might find interesting.

On the other hand, if you want to learn more about float homes and the adventures of living in these floating communities then I recommend the books below that will provide you with a deeper insight. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.


Victoria: Crown Jewel of British Columbia, Including Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich and the Peninsula
Victoria: Crown Jewel of British Columbia, Including Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich and the Peninsula
This book is more then just a tourist guide it gives you a taste of the history of Victoria and the surrounding areas, and is a contemporary multi-faceted photo essay guide that makes for a perfect Souvenir book.
Staying Afloat: Life Aboard Houseboats, Barges, and Liveaboards
Staying Afloat: Life Aboard Houseboats, Barges, and Liveaboards
This is a charming book filled with stories about the freshwater folk who live off-land in a unique community by the docks in Seattle's Lake Union.
The Houseboat Book
The Houseboat Book
This is the most comprehensive book about floating homes in North America. If you are the least bit curious about this unique lifestyle, you will love this book.
This beautiful photo book by award-winning photographer John de Visser and cottager Judy Ross take you for a tour through 45 enticing boathouses. It is filled with design ideas even grabbing the imagination of landlocked homeowners.

Unique Abodes In All Shapes and Sizes

Photo Credit: Judith Nazarewicz

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Walking down the fingers of docks you can see old steel and wooden ships converted into live-aboards that are quite unusual living spaces. Below are just a few of the diverse dwellings.

Live-aboard Boats At Fisherman's Wharf

Photo Credit: Judith Nazarewicz

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People living in the Fisherman's Wharf community not only live in float houses but also choose to live on sailboats and even motor yachts.

Unusual Float Homes

Photo Credit: Judith Nazarewicz

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It seems that with a little imagination you can make a home out of just about anything that floats.

If You Had A Choice! - And finances weren't an issue.

Over the years I have lived many different dwellings. I have lived in farm house, a pole house, a log house, an apartment, a quaint little cottage on the ocean, a 5000 sq. house on our ranch, in a camper,a tent, a yacht and in a cabin on the lake. Every dwelling was unique had it's pros and cons, but in the end they all seemed to have their own personality if that is at all possible. So I was just wondering if money wasn't a concern, what would you choose to live in?

What would you live in?

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A Few Photos of the 33 Floating Homes In Fisherman's Wharf Victoria BC

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Still Interested In Floating Homes? - Here are a few more books and videos.

Handmade Houseboats: Independent Living Afloat
Handmade Houseboats: Independent Living Afloat
A very informative book on building your own houseboat or floating home.
A Home Afloat: Living aboard vessels of all shapes and sizes
A Home Afloat: Living aboard vessels of all shapes and sizes
This is a beautiful coffee table book that will give you ideas of all kinds.
The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat
The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat
This is a must have book for anyone considering a lifestyle of living aboard a boat or float home or houseboat.
This DVD gives you 60 minutes of basic maintenance tips and other important information on upkeep for your houseboat.

Fisherman's Wharf and It's Many Restaurants

Floating Home Village at Fisherman's Wharf Victoria BC - Videos of the float houses

Hungry Seals at Fisher's Wharf

The floating community of Fisherman's Wharf has it's own resident harbour seals that are loads of fun to hang out with especially with all the fresh fish at the market.

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