A fleet of water taxis and emergency response vessels greeted the Clipper as it entered Victoria’s Inner Harbour today.

After eighteen months, the sailing marked the vessel’s first trip with passengers since pre-pandemic.

Along the Inner Harbour, many people gathered to cheer on the vessel.

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For many in attendance, the return of the Clipper meant more than just the return of a Victoria staple, it meant reuniting with American family and friends they have not been able to see in nearly two years.

Although Canada has been welcoming American visitors through the border since early August, non-essential travel by Canadians into the states remains restricted. This is due to the current border closure, which has been extended until at least September 21st.

The Victoria Clipper plans to operate a four-day schedule over weekends and also add extra sailing around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.

See more: Here’s what to expect when Clipper sailings return to Victoria’s inner harbour

Check out the Clipper’s warm welcome below:

 

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