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Top 10 Reasons For Loving Victoria - #4

posted on May 12

4. The downtown waterfront.  From the trail along Dallas Road past the breakwater at the Ogden Point cruise ship terminal, then onto Fisherman’s Wharf and the recently restored, historic CPR Shipping Terminal along to the Inner Harbour and the Causeway, over to Ships Point, then across the Johnson Street Bridge to the West Song Walkway and out to Westbay Marina, there’s a whole lot to see and to do at any time of the year around Victoria's waterfront.

Victoria's Inner Harbour is probaly the most popular spot among the millions of tourists who visit us each year.  Framed by the grandeur of the BC Legislature and the stately old Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Inner Harbour bustles from morning 'til night with camera-snapping visitors, tour buses, horse-drawn carriages and vacationing pedestrians soaking up the carnival-like atmosphere.

Down below the street, on the Inner Harbour Causeway, artists, buskers and food/drink vendors add to the throngs of people who venture down the steps from the road above to walk along the floating docks and admire the sailboats and other vessels that are moored along the wharfingers.  The smell of the ocean, mixed-in with the aroma of coffee, french fries and ice cream makes for a heady mix of holiday flavours designed to set your senses reeling.

It's a fun atmosphere throughout the summer months, culminating with the Victoria Symphony Splash, an event that draws upwards of 40,000 people down to the Inner Harbour to listen to the Victoria Symphony Orchestra while sitting, standing or laying in the late afternoon sun relaxing and enjoying the music. When the sun goes down a magnificent fireworks display puts the topper on the evening and brings to an end another eventful and fun-filled day in Victoria, B.C.

.The Symphony Splas, an annual event in Victoria's Innr Harbour