Fisherman's Wharf

We used to live in Victoria BC Canada for a couple of years but we hadn't been back since we left Canada so we got to take a look with fresh eyes.

Victoria has a cruise port and one of the sights that a lot of tourists go to is Fisherman's Wharf. Visiting Victoria we wanted to act like tourists. A lot of travelers are trying their best to act like locals but we've already been locals here before so we tried to see it through tourist eyes. 

We took a walk from where we were staying to see the spot. I know you are thinking that Fisherman's Wharf doesn't sound like a place that vegans would want to go but we think that everyone will get a kick out of it.
The Victoria waterfront is a great place to be all around. Victoria probably has the best weather of anywhere in Canada. It's warm and often sunny plus it doesn't get too hot or cold all year.
 At Fisherman's wharf there is a bunch of colourful floating buildings attached to the docks. They have places to rent kayaks, gift shops, tours, and places to get food. The vegan options are pretty slim being Fisherman's Wharf and all. We did see some veggie burgers and veggie burritos advertised but we didn't see if they were vegan as we weren't planning on eating. If you are vegan and heading to Fisherman's Wharf it is best not to plan on eating there. 
Kayaking in the area is a fun activity. There is a water taxi that will take you to other parts of the Victoria Harbour.
It's fun to see all the boats down at the docks. There is a mixture of pleasure and commercial vehicles. Looking around Fisherman's Wharf will probably take you 30 minutes or maybe an hour tops depending on what you do there.
There are a number of seals that hang out at Fisherman's Wharf since people like to feed them. What we gather is that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans don't want people feeding the seals since it makes them fat and dependent but people do it anyway since seals are adorable.
We watched the seals swim around and wait to be fed.
The seals took off as soon as there was no more food to be had. haha.
People actually live at Fisherman's Wharf on house boats. The house boats are unique looking  and look like fun places to live as long as you are willing to put up with tourists walking past your house all the time. Don't keep you blinds open I suppose.
These house boats are no joke. They look very well crafted and most of them have two storeys.
There is paid parking right next to Fisherman's Wharf otherwise you might be able to find some street parking nearby but be aware that a lot of the street parking nearby is limited to 1 or 2 hours or it is for residents only.

When you go to Vancouver Island and Victoria be sure to check out Fisherman's Wharf to see the sight of the houseboats. Hopefully the sun will be out and you'll have an amazing time. If you're looking for vegan food then you're better off getting something in downtown Victoria which is not far away at all.
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  1. What are charming place! I love the houseboats. Maybe someday I can make it there!

  2. Just the other day I was looking at the video of yours and it's great to read more about Fisherman's Wharf. The seals really were the icing on the cake, being so close and interacting even. Loved the entire ambiance of the place with the coloured houses and the vibe it gives is so pure.

    1. Yeah don't get too close to those seals though. They'll get you.

  3. Love the architecture - the houses are splendid. And the sral, omg too.cute! Nice place to.visit

  4. I kayaked for the first time in Thailand and made it through a storm. I am pretty sure I can handle this.

    1. Good for you. That sounds like a challenging first time kayaking.

  5. this place looks so awesome. so many things to do here. i would love to go kayaking here.

  6. I'm from Vancouver, but live in Hong Kong so this post gives me such good memories of Canada. I'll have to save this for the next time I visit =)


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