Celebrate the wild-wild-west in 2020. Western wonders promise to make August 8-9 the wildest, waviest and wettest-ever dragon boat racesin Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour. Paddles up, pardners!
Travel by BC Ferries from Vancouver. This 90-minute sailing takes you through beautiful West Coast scenery, as you navigate the Gulf Islands. On a good day, you may see pods of whales from the outside decks. Foot passengers can take the BC Transit buses on routes 70 and 72 right to downtown Victoria. You can also connect with the Pacific Coach Lines bus, which drives right downtown to within blocks of the Festival. Tickets can be purchased on board the ferry.
From Seattle or Port Angeles
Coming by way of Seattle or Port Angeles? The Victoria Clipper and Coho ferries are a convenient way to quickly cross the border. Both the Clipper (running Seattle to Victoria) and the Coho (Port Angeles to Victoria) run multiple trips per day, and dock in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. You can actually see the Clipper and Coho ferries at the dock from the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival site.
Program your GPS for 900 Wharf Street. Visitors attending the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival can easily drive to the site, or take one of the many BC Transit Routes that serve the area. Parking is easy in one of the City’s parkades – we recommend the Broughton St. parkade below the Central Library. From there, walk three blocks west to the Festival site.
Taking transit? More than a dozen BC Transit bus routes serve the Festival area. Check BCTransit.com for details and to plan your route. From the BC Ferries terminal, take the 70 or 72, and ask your driver to let you off at the Inner Harbour. The trip takes 60-80 minutes, depending on route and time of day, and all fares in the region cost $2.50 per trip or $5.00 day pass for adults.
Flying into Victoria from Vancouver? Try Harbour Air! Flights run regularly seven days a week and connect you from downtown Vancouver or the Vancouver Airport directly to downtown Victoria in around half an hour. Best of all – the Harbour Air terminal in Victoria is actually on the site at the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival! How’s that for door to door service?