- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The Inner Harbour is Victoria's primary tourist neighborhood. The harbor itself -- home to various fishing boats and colorful floating homes -- is framed by wide pedestrian streets, often frequented by street vendors and buskers. Numerous cafés and restaurants line the sidewalks and provide the perfect locale to savor an afternoon cup of tea while watching whales play in the nearby open water. The Inner Harbour also hosts some of Victoria's most popular attractions, including the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Parliament Buildings.
Although the majority of recent visitors recommend spending a few hours at the Inner Harbour for the view, some recommend devoting at least half a day. However, be aware that you may encounter crowds and a swarm of vendors. As one TripAdvisor user describes the harbor: "It's a walkway with a great view ruined by people trying to get your money."
At the heart of Victoria, the Inner Harbour welcomes sightseers all day, every day. You don't have to pay to explore, but you should keep some cash on you in case your stomach starts to grumble or a souvenir catches your eye. For more information, check out the Tourism Victoria website.