A good way to orient yourself to the city and environs is to take the Royal Blue Line’s hour and a half bus tour of Victoria. Blue Line, which uses double decker buses from London, also has a three and a half hour tour to the Butchart Gardens. Their tours all leave from the area in front of the Black Ball Ferry building on Belleville Street.
Tally-Ho Carriage Tours and Black Beauty Carriage Tours can take you for carriage rides that last from half an hour to three hours, and range from the Inner Harbour area to Beacon Hill Park and James Bay.
Victoria Harbour Ferries
Victoria Harbour Ferries operates a fleet of 11 12-passenger ferries which travel around the harbour, picking up and depositing passengers at 12 stops around the Victoria Harbour and Gorge waterway. The main stop is on the dock directly in front of the Empress Hotel. Look for the Ferry Stop Sign on the dock. Just walk down the ramp, turn right and you will see the ferries coming and going. Harbour stops are located at: The Empress Hotel, Hyack Air, Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Coast Harbourside Hotel, Fishermans Wharf, West Bay Marine Village and RV Park, Songhees near Spinnakers. On the Gorge Waterway the ferries stop at Swift Street (near the Queen Mother Cafe and the Canoe Restaurant), at historic Point Ellice House, the Selkirk Development, and at Tillicum Bridge.