Friday, July 16, 2010

Victoria Harbour Ferries

“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.


Jen said...

Sounds like you are having an awesome holiday! And great weather too! It rains here every day so enjoy it while you can :o)

Derek said...

That looks AWESOME Penny. I love anything to do with water and sun!! :-)