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Victoria is the oldest city on the west coast of Canada and is a vibrant, bustling city and seaport with a very English feel. It is located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Clearance

The Customs Station is at the James Bay Dock. For more details see Noonsite/Canada/Clearance.

Last updated October 2015.

Docking

Although the harbour is very busy, the entrance is wide and the current only runs at about 2 knots, so entering is straight forward. Beware of the float plane landing strip in the area of the harbour known as Inner Harbour. It is marked by yellow buoys.

There are several marinas within the harbour area. James Bay dock has visitors' berths and is right in the heart of the town. It is situated just across the street from the Empress Hotel, which is a significant landmark in Victoria. There are more visitors' berths at the Wharf Street government floats, 4 blocks to the west. Both docks are managed by the Wharf Manager whose office is midway between the two. Stays at these two docks are limited to 3 days in the summer months.

Local weather Tel: 001 250 656 2714/15

There are other visitors' berths, although they are further from the city centre. The principal one is in the marina at West Bay, which is to port when proceeding through the outer part of the main harbour. It is about 1.5 to 2 miles from downtown Victoria, although it is a very pleasant stroll along a boardwalk alongside the water, called the Westsong Walkway. Alternatively, you can catch the harbour ferry which whisks you into downtown in minutes. The approach is via a narrow dredged channel.

Last updated October 2015.

Causeway Floats
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority , 203-468 Belleville Street , Victoria, BC V8W 1W9
Tel:+1 250 383 8326 - +1-877-783-8300 Fax:+1 250 383 8306 ,VHF Channel 73
Water and electricity at each berth. Stays limited to 72 hours during the summer. Customs clearance can be arranged. Showers and laundry in the summer.203-468 Belleville St. Victoria, BC V8V 1W9
Fisherman's Wharf
Erie Street Floats , 12 Erie Street , Victoria V8V 1Y4
Tel:+1 250 383 8300 Fax:+1 250 383 8322 ,VHF Channel 73
These are government run floats. Usually possible to find space in the summer months when the fishing boats are away. It is also home to a variety of long-term live-aboards. Services include water, electricity, showers and toilets.
Oak Bay Marina Ltd
1327 Beach Drive` , Victoria, BC V8S 2N4
Tel:+1 250 598 3369
Full service marina located 10 minutes from downtown Victoria, on the southern end of Vancouver Island.
Royal Victoria Yacht Club
3475 Ripon Rd. , Victoria, BC, V8R 6H1
Tel:+1 250 592 2441 Fax:+1 250 370-2286
The club is on the western shore of Cadboro Bay. Situated at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, at the convergence of Haro Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait. Visitors mooring is available on a Reciprocal Privileges basis at the Cadboro Bay Facility, from April to October, on the northern-most outer slips. Prior arrangements mut be made. A smaller facility is located in Tsehum Harbour on the Saanich Peninsula just north of Sidney, B.C.
Victoria Marine Adventure Centre
950 Wharf Street , Victoria, B.C. , V8W 1T3 Canada
Tel:+1 250 995 2211 Fax:+1 250 995 1222
Latitude 48° 25' 36" - Longitude -123° 22' 26" Floats in the Inner Harbour area. Open all year for boats up to 36 feet. All facilities. Bakery and a bar/restaurant. Reservations accepted.
Warf Street Floats
1002A Wharf Street. , Victoria, BC V8V 1Y4
Tel:+1 250 478 1771 ,VHF Channel 73
Stays limited to 72 hours during the summer - Transient moorage ( reserve in summer). Dock water, Power 30 amp, laundry, showers, washrooms, garbage
West Bay Marina Village
453 Head Street , Victoria BC V9A 5S1 , Canada
Tel:+1 250 385 1831 Fax:+1 250 385 2274
Water, electricity, fuel, TV hookup, toilets, showers, and launderette. Also a slip and a RV park.

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club
3475 Ripon Rd. , Victoria, BC, V8R 6H1
Tel:+1 250 592 2441 Fax:+1 250 370-2286
The club is on the western shore of Cadboro Bay. Situated at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, at the convergence of Haro Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait. Visitors mooring is available on a Reciprocal Privileges basis at the Cadboro Bay Facility, from April to October, on the northern-most outer slips. Prior arrangements mut be made. A smaller facility is located in Tsehum Harbour on the Saanich Peninsula just north of Sidney, B.C.
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