Friday, February 23, 2024

Moms can ride the Victoria Harbour Ferry for free this Mother’s Day


This Mother’s Day, why not treat your mom to a day out on the Victoria Harbour Ferry?

Not only can she enjoy a relaxing ride on the water, but she can also do so for free, thanks to a special offer from the ferry company.

But that’s not all.

Starting this Sunday and running throughout the summer, the popular Pickle Boat Ballet performances are back. If you haven’t seen them before, you’re in for a treat.

Picture a group of skilled mariners in brightly colored boats weaving and twirling around each other in a choreographed display set to music.

It’s a unique and delightful experience that draws crowds to the lower causeway of the inner harbor every weekend.

The idea for the Pickle Boat Ballet came from Paul Miller, founder of the Victoria Harbour Ferry.

Back in 1992, he approached Murray Boyce, a local music producer, and asked him to produce the first performance. Boyce admits he had no idea what a pickle boat ballet was, but he went along with it anyway.

Fast forward 30 years later, and he’s still passionate about the event and entertaining the crowds that come to watch.

While Murray takes care of the music, Stan Huston, a 14-year veteran with Victoria Harbour Ferry, is the choreographer.

He handpicks the captains from the group of certified mariners and trains them on land before they hit the water to perfect their movements. It’s a process that takes time and practice, but the end result is always worth it.

So, what are you waiting for?

This Sunday, head down to the inner harbor and enjoy a free ride on the Victoria Harbour Ferry with your mom.

And while you’re there, be sure to catch the Pickle Boat Ballet performance, which starts at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Steamship Terminal.

It’s a unique and unforgettable experience that’s not to be missed.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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