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Get a taste of the navy life with Victoria’s ‘Defence on the Dock’


CFB Esquimalt is coming to Victoria’s inner harbour next week to give civilians a peek into the military lifestyle.

The family-friendly event, dubbed Defence on the Dock, will be held at Ship Point on Saturday September 17th. The event will feature tours of two ORCA class vessels and one Defender that are going to make the trek into the harbour. 

Non-navy personnel are rarely allowed on-board these types of ships so this may be your only chance to have a tour and see all there is to see on an ORCA or Defender class vessel.

There will also be boat rides, military band performances, panoramic views of Victoria from a 157-foot Navy supply crane, temporary historic naval tattoos, a barbeque operated by the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) and many other activities and demonstrations.

This is the first time the Defence on the Dock event has taken place since 2018, when it was located at Ogden Point rather than Victoria’s inner harbour. 

CFB Esquimalt decided to put Defence on the Dock on hold during the pandemic due to safety issues surrounding COVID-19.

Defence on the Dock

Where: Ship Point – 812 Wharf Street

When: Saturday, September 17th – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: Free

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