Victoria Harbour - Where Modern Convenience Meets Old World Charm

Ever since Captain James Cook first explored Vancouver Island in 1778, Victoria Harbour has stayed alive with the romance from the era of tall ships. Tall ships still visit occasionally, and the region's recent success in attracting cruise ships — from mega ships to pocket — has helped to transform this once hidden jewel into a world-class tourism destination.

In 2004, the four deep-sea berths at Ogden Point welcomed a record 139 cruise ships that carried over 262,000 international passengers. To meet this ever growing demand, local industry has swiftly responded to accommodate these new visitors.

The GVHA has introduced a new weather station to enhance navigation for cruise ships. Real-time metrological data is now disseminated to all operators berthing in Victoria and the station is ready for expansion to the AIS Port Information System. Local longshoremen have also impressed cruise lines with the care and efficiency of their new provisioning services.

A favorite gathering place for both locals and visitors, Victoria’s Inner Harbour also welcomes cruise ships — of the smaller variety. During the 2004 season, three pocket cruise ships paid several visits to the GVHA's Ship Point facilities, reflecting the rising popularity of small-ship adventure cruising through the pristine and regal islands of Canada's West Coast.

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Contact Information:

Rebecca Penz
Sustainability & Quality Management

Address:
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
189 Dallas Road
Victoria, BC V8V 1A1

Tel: (250) 383-8300 ext. 225

Fax: (250) 383-8322

E-Mail: rpenz@victoriaharbour.org

Web Site: www.victoriaharbour.org