Victoria Port of Call
Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada © Isruma
Located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is sometimes called the most British city in Canada. Victoria is a popular port on Alaskan cruises, welcoming more than 400,000 passengers and nearly 200 cruise ships each year.
Tourists are drawn to Victoria's manicured gardens and Mediterranean climate, but this large city has many attractions for the whole family, ranging from cinemas and zoos to wineries and hiking trails.
Cruise ships dock at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal in the Outer Harbour area of the city, located about a mile from the Inner Harbour and downtown. The Inner Harbour area is a delight for cruise passengers and tourists with time constraints, as it offers a vibrant atmosphere with shops and markets, museums and attractions within easy distance of the docks.
There are many ways to get around in Victoria. The city has a convenient public bus system and many downtown attractions are within walking distance of each other. For a different way to get around, visitors can hire bicycles or scooters. There are also customisable guided tours available by pedicab.
There are many interesting attractions in Victoria, even for visitors who only have a few hours to spare. Cruise passengers who just want to stretch their legs will enjoy the manicured lawns and colourful flowers of Butchart Gardens and Abkhazi Gardens, while those wanting to learn a bit about Victoria will enjoy the city's interesting museums. Children have plenty of choices as well, including the hands-on Victoria Bug Zoo and Beacon Hill Children's Farm.
Pizzeria Prima Strada - fresh wood-fired pizzas made to order
Blue Fox Cafe - small and stylish restaurant with eclectic breakfast and lunch menus
Red Fish Blue Fish - fresh seafood in a picnic-style wharf-side setting
Fanny Bay oysters
There are some decent souvenir shops in the Inner Harbour area, and a craft market in the summertime. For a pleasant shopping experience, visitors can wander up Government Street toward Chinatown, which has a number of shops geared to tourists and cruise passengers, and even features live music in places like Market Square.
Nanaimo Bars - a chocolate dessert bar that is British Columbia's best known confection
Explore the tea shops and exotic wares of Chinatown
Take a half-day tour of the wineries around Victoria
Hire a bicycle and pedal the Galloping Goose Trail
Learn about Canada's cultural and natural history at the Royal British Columbia Museum
Climb, scramble and swing at the WildPlay Element Parks