Victoria is the capital of the British Columbia coast or simply the BC coast which is Canada’s western continental coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Excluding the urban Lower mainland area, it is adjacent to the Canada-United States border. The Port of Victoria overlooks the Juan de Fuca strait from the Southeastern end of Vancouver Island in the British Columbia in Canada. It is located at about 100 nautical miles south-southwest of the Port of Vancouver and at approximately 120km in the northwest of the Port of Seattle in Washington. Yacht chartering in the Gulf of BC have a great deal to offer on this small area which runs from Victoria and Nanaimo; it is dotted with blue waters, beautiful gardens and many interesting places. It is also one of the world’s best places for a yacht cruise to view the Orca whales. The region is also a protected sea, where there are often extended encounters with some fascinating animals such as the porpoises, seals, bald eagles, otters and rare sea birds. You will also discover the undulating sandstone cliffs, madrona tress, evergreen covered islands and the ethereal snowy mountain peaks which magnify the area’s beauty. The US San Juan islands are also a few miles away just over the border. A yacht charter cruise in the region opens a sublime cruising in sheltered inland waters and greets the visitors to a stunning archipelago of hundreds of islands. Victoria experiences abundant sunshine and a relatively dry climate, due to this blessed situation, the area is known as the “/Banana belt of the Pacific Northwest’’. You can also enjoy some wealth on-shore activities with visits to the pristine most remote islands by discovering their villages, inns and spas paradises. During a yacht charter visit to Victoria, it is recommended to visit the world famous Butchart Gardens, which is a botanical wonderland that hosts more than a million visitors each year, there is also a speedway, a castle, and casinos nearby. Further afield, the island’s fishing, camping, and hiking is unparalleled, and an emerging wine and cider industry. You can also take tea at the Empress Hotel on the waterfront and visit the Royal British Columbia Museum which has some outstanding exhibits depicting the human and natural history of British Columbia.
Yacht chartering in the waters of Victoria, and heading forward from its main port is considered as the most convenient sailing and cruising location which are available to visit the entire British virgin coast and the Vancouver islands. While sailing further to the Vancouver Island, you will discover the gulf islands, Desolation Sound or the Sunshine coast and its surrounding areas. Theport of Victoria is located throughout the southern tip of Vancouver Island, 52 slips are available for yachts measuring from 65’ to 135’ in length. Recreational vessels and small yachts can moor in the centre of the port of Victoria, which is located, just a few steps from its historic streets and distinctive architecture. There is a scenic waterfront downtown and some major cities like Vancouver and Seattle are just a few miles away. There are a large number of services offered for yacht owners, their guests, captains and crew. During the summer months, the harbor is the focus of festivals, shows and music. The port of Victoria is a major tourist attraction, but however it remains a working harbor which a rich mixture of activities. The harbor an interesting starting point for further cruises like whale watching and ecotourism, ship repairing facilities, a float plane aerodrome, marine industrial uses, an International Ferry terminal with connections to Port Angeles, Bellingham and Seattle, and a water taxi service. When entering or leaving the port of Victoria, yacht charterers should follow the Victoria harbor traffic scheme such as speed regulations and many other formalities.