The Port of Victoria, administered by a Harbourmaster appointed by Transport Canada, consists of all the waters inside a line from Ogden Point to Maccauley Point in the south up to the trestle bridge which crosses Selkirk Water in the north.
Under the Canada Marine Act, Part 2, Victoria is a Public Port, the administration of which is the responsibility of Transport Canada. Appointed by Transport Canada, the Habourmaster is therefore in overall charge of day-to-day operations. This encompasses coordination of the plans for large public events as they relate to harbour safety.
To carry out this function, the Harbour Master has a staff of two in the winter, expanding sufficiently in the summer to operate some 5 or 6 small vessels in the harbour manned by seasonal staff during daylight hours.
Unlike most harbours, the Harbour Master is concurrently the Airport Manager.