About the Harbour

The Port of Victoria, British Columbia, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island is a small natural harbour approximately 4 kilometers in total length, consisting of three roughly-equal sections running north (Outer Harbour), then east (Inner Harbour) and north again (Upper Harbour). Beyond a fixed road bridge at the head of the Upper Harbour, Selkirk Water leads to a small industrial area accessible only to tugs and barges drawing four metres or less. Widths of the harbour run from 0.4 nautical miles at the outer entrance, gradually narrowing until the narrowest point of 137 metres just before the main commercial area of the Inner Harbour. A short, very narrow section connects the Inner and Upper Harbours where a single-span lift bridge connects the city of Victoria to its western suburbs and the Township of Esquimalt.

There are approximately 9.5 kilometres of coastline within the harbour, used for commercial, recreational and residential purposes.

Depths in the harbour vary from 20 metres at the entrance in the vicinity of the cruise ship berths to 6 metres in the Inner Harbour at the terminal of the international ferries. As a result of its shape, the harbour is well –sheltered in all but its outer section and even that has the protection of an outer breakwater to the southeast, the direction of most winter storms.