“There's nothing . . . absolutely nothing . . . half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats.” (River Rat, Wind in the Willows)
It was sunny and hot – the perfect day for a boat ride so I headed down to Victoria Harbour to catch one of the tiny harbour ferries that chug back and forth in the summer.
I started out by taking a one-hour tour up the Gorge Waterway. It starts out as a really industrial area with roadbed and car recycling plants but changes to gracious waterside homes.
You can stop off along the way for a tour at Point Ellice House or lunch at Fol Epi Bakery at Dockside Green as well as various other locations.
After lunch, I hopped back on a ferry and went round the point to the Delta hotel. I then meandered along the harbour walkway to Spinnaker’s Brew Pub where I enjoyed cider and bruschetta.
Afterwards, I continued walking to the West Bay Marina at the far end of the harbour where I caught a ferry ride back to town.
Other options are to rent a kayak or a rowboat, and there are trails along the Gorge and the Harbour so you can walk or cycle as well.
The Downtown Victoria Business Association puts out a great brochure called Walk + Run Downtown Victoria, which lists everything from running routes to off-leash dog areas to the top 10 photography locations.