Victoria BC, the picturesque city located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada is a must-visit destination for tourists from all over the world known for its natural beauty, rich history, and charming downtown. One of the most popular spots is Fisherman’s Wharf Victoria, a lively waterfront community downtown where you can find floating homes, fishing vessels, and a variety of food kiosks and attractions. Let’s explore what makes Fisherman’s Wharf so special and what you can expect to see and do when you visit!
How to Get to Fisherman’s Wharf
Getting to Fisherman’s Wharf is easy! Located just a few minutes’ walk from our EMR downtown Victoria properties and just around the corner from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the Wharf is situated on the edge of the charming James Bay neighbourhood. Visitors coming from Victoria West can take a harbour ferry to get to here, or simply enjoy a scenic stroll along the boardwalk from downtown.
The Homes at Fisherman’s Wharf
One of the main attractions of the wharf is the opportunity to see the colourful, charming houseboats and vessels that line the docks. These homes, which are built on sturdy barges and designed to withstand the elements, offer a glimpse into a unique way of life that is distinctly West Coast. Visitors can stroll along the docks, take photos, and even speak with the friendly residents who call this charming place home.
Shopping and Dining
At Fisherman’s Wharf you get a chance to sample some of the best seafood in Canada! Food kiosks like Barb’s Fish and Chips and The Fish Store offer delicious fish and chips, halibut, tacos, and other seafood dishes that are freshly caught and expertly prepared. Takeout options are available, and visitors can enjoy their food on the waterfront benches while taking in the stunning views. For those with a sweet tooth, Jackson’s Ice Cream is an on-site ice cream parlour that offers a variety of flavours and treats. If you’re looking for a nearby restaurant, the Blue Crab Seafood House in the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina, located just a short distance from Fisherman’s Wharf. If you’re looking for some local treasures, 4 Winds Nest Artisan Boutique at Fisherman’s Wharf is a lovely little shop filled with beautiful items from French table linens, handcrafted Canadian goods, preserves, jewellery and more!
Recreation at Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is a hub for ocean adventures and recreation in downtown Victoria! Visitors can rent kayaks and explore the waters around Victoria or take an exhilarating whale watching tour with companies like Eagle Wing Tours or Kelp Reef Adventures. Whale watching tours offer a chance for visitors to see orcas, humpback whales, and other marine life up close, while kayak rentals and tours allow visitors to explore the waters and see wildlife, like the friendly harbour seals, at a slower pace. Harbour seals are a common sight in the area and often swimming around the docks and popping their heads out of the water, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these adorable creatures. If you’re looking for a relaxing day by the water, Fisherman’s Wharf Park is a nearby green space that offers picnic areas, walking trails, and stunning views of the surrounding area. The park is located just a short distance from Fisherman’s Wharf and is an excellent spot to unwind after a busy day of exploring.
For those looking to explore more of Victoria, Fisherman’s Wharf is located just a five minute walk from some of the city’s other top attractions. The Ogden Point Breakwater is a popular walking destination and offers stunning views of the ocean and the distant Olympic Mountain Range. The breakwater is also a favourite spot for Victoria fishermen and provides access to some of Victoria’s best offshore reefs. If you’re interested in history, you’ll want to visit the CPR Steamship Terminal, wander through the Fairmont Empress Hotel and take a tour of the Legislature!
There’s no doubt that Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see destination when you’re visiting downtown Victoria. Whether you’re interested in sampling some of Canada’s best seafood, exploring the waterfront, or simply relaxing in a beautiful setting, Fisherman’s Wharf has it all! So if you’re planning a trip to Victoria, be sure to add Fisherman’s Wharf to your list of must-see destinations. With its friendly residents, stunning views, and abundance of activities, it is a unique and charming place you won’t soon forget!