When was the last time you played tourist in your hometown? Inspired by the beautiful summery weather, we set out to explore our little gem of Fisherman’s Wharf.
A lovely scenic 10-minute walk from the Inner Harbour or a fun quick cruise on a Victoria Harbour Ferry and you are there.
Pick up lunch at the many eateries, such as the famous Barb’s Fish and Chips.
This iconic shop has been in operation for over 30 years and featured on The Food Network.
Not just fish and chips, but also great burgers!
Or the eclectic Brazilian-inspired Japanese fusion sushi from Rockn’ Rolls, that is not only delicious but also 100% sustainably and locally sourced.
For dessert you can’t go wrong with some of the best ice-cream in town, from Jackson’s Ice Cream.
16 flavours, plus gelato, frozen yogurt and of course soft ice cream. All locally made of course!
If you’re feeling adventurous you can hop aboard a whale watching tour, or perhaps go kayaking.
For the more leisurely minded, just stroll around the quaint float homes, which are fully functioning residences.
Watch the Coho go by…
Revel in the color and atmosphere!
Buy a locally made gift.
*A Brief History of Fisherman’s Wharf
From the end of the Second World War to about 1990 was the heyday of the fishing fleet at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Fishing vessels were tied to every dock, except for two docks at the east end. These two “live aboard” docks were home to a diverse, and often eccentric, community from the 1970s right up until 2000.
Many colourful characters roamed the docks and rubbed shoulders with the fishermen. People would appear from nowhere and make the wharf their new home. Suddenly, they would move on and quickly be replaced by other, equally eccentric types.
This meant there was never a dull moment on the wharf. Local police were often kept busy breaking up fights and cross-checking their list of outstanding arrest warrants with the roster of wharf inhabitants.
(*Extract courtesy of Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)
Fisherman’s Wharf Businesses
*Photography courtesy of ItkasanImages