Classic Boat Festival:
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As a sponsor and/or advertiser partner with the Victoria Classic Boat Festival, you share in the vision of the Maritime Museum of BC, which focuses on an active outreach and multi-faceted program approach to public engagement. Your support helps tremendously in ensuring such flagship events continue to celebrate our shared maritime heritage while recognizing the wide scope of organizations involved in education, training, skills development and marine industry related employment. Inherently, your partnership enhances Victoria’s economic growth, community vibrancy, and assists in securing a successful future for the Maritime Museum of BC.
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) was incorporated as a not-for-profit society in February 2002, and began operating its four port facilities, divested from Transport Canada, in April 2002. Acting as an advocate for the harbour, the GVHA is working to improve its function as a working harbour, and a marine transportation centre with a strong focus on tourism.
GVHA is a society registered with the Province of British Columbia and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority are governed under the Society Act of British Columbia. GVHA’s Board is comprised of Directors representing the member agencies and organizations (Esquimalt Nation, Songhees Nation, City of Victoria, Township of Esquimalt, the Victoria/Esquimalt Harbour Society, Tourism Victoria, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Capital Regional District) and four community directors.
GVHA is passionate about the power of the harbour to act as a catalyst for Victoria to fulfill its destiny as one of the most outstanding harbours in the world. We have a responsibility to value the water connection, to make the harbour alive, accessible and dynamic!
Passion. Integrity. Commitment. They are the principles we use to connect people with the marine environment and our vast, spectacular BC coastline. We build, manage, and invest in projects that have a net benefit to the surrounding communities. Our goal is to improve community access to the water while respecting the natural environment.
Silent Auction Donors
Held at the Welcome Reception for boaters, this annual silent auction helps fundraise for the ongoing exhibits, programs, collections care, and operations at the Maritime Museum of BC. The generosity of donors and boaters during this annual event impacts the Museum year-round.
We have a selection of framed maritime artworks donated to the Silent Auction this year. Our thanks to artists Tony Grove and John Horton for donating beautiful prints.
Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. It is the most direct ferry crossing between Victoria and the United States, with daily, year-round service provided.
The 90-minute, 22.59 nautical mile (42 km) trip is a scenic journey through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas.
For many, the best way to experience our unique harbour city is to stay in the heart of downtown. The place to feel that Victoria vibe is right here at our locally owned and operated hotel. By remaining an independent property, we stay true to our founder, Mr. Clive Piercy`s wish to treat every guest with personal attention that is hard to find elsewhere. Being authentically local also means supporting and promoting our farmers, fisherman, businesses and our arts community in our daily service to our visitors. Experience the best of Victoria through a truly local hotel.
Experience uniqueness at our harbourside hotel in Victoria.
Make your way to Victoria, BC’s beautiful Outer Harbour, and discover a destination that exceeds your every expectation. With an amazing waterfront location and a host of intuitive amenities, Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA offers a Refreshingly Local™ take on the standard hotel experience.
Step into our guest rooms and suites with welcoming origami cranes and the life-altering TOTO® Washlet. These high-quality amenities are signature features of APA Hotel in Japan and unique to APA’s Urban-style Hotel concept. Gaze out at the ocean and take advantage of free wi-fi and triple-sheeted beds. Pets are welcome here; we’re pleased to offer accommodations for your furry friend. We’re also dedicated to protecting the planet with our Refreshingly Green™ program, so you can feel good about staying with us.
Located on Vancouver Island in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Prince of Whales has the perfect location to access world-class whale watching. You’ll find us by following the city’s pulse to the heart of the harbour; only steps away from top-rated accommodations, fabulous restaurants, and other local attractions.
Victoria’s surrounding waters are home to spectacular marine wildlife; such as whales, sea lions, otters, Harbor Seals, Bald Eagles, dolphins, and other marine mammals. The Prince of Whales team places Our Victoria whale watching cruise most often sees Orca Whales (Killer Whales) and Humpback Whales, but occasionally we’ve spotted Minke Whales and Gray Whales. One of our wildlife tours is the perfect complement to exploring Victoria and our whale sighting guarantee ensures that you can count on having an unforgettable experience.
Find genuine hospitality and a breathtaking setting in downtown Victoria at Inn at Laurel Point. With stunning views of the city’s famous Inner Harbour and serene surroundings on the edge of the capital city, Inn at Laurel Point makes every stay a remarkable one.
Located in the greater Victoria area of Sidney, BC, we are passionate about providing excellence and value in every aspect of your marina experience. Our services are designed to enhance the relaxation and fun of your boating lifestyle and to leave you free to enjoy cruising the coast.
Escape the ordinary at our Victoria hotel near the harbour. An oasis of elegant style and sought-after amenities in the heart of downtown Victoria. Situated in a prime location, the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour provides excellent access to the very best our city has to offer. Experience an abundance of charming characters on display through the British colonial architecture, expansive formal gardens and captivating waterfront.
Photo courtesy of James Holkko, 2022.
Jamie’s Famous Gin Tower
Historic rum-running vessel Zella C claimed the tower in 2022–who will sail home with their bar stocked this year?