The Victoria Harbour History project owes much of its existence to, and is grateful for, the kind support of the following enterprises who all share a love of our harbour.
The venerable Black Ball Ferry Line’s long relationship with our harbour led to them becoming the project’s first patron. Black Ball’s MV Coho has been transporting passengers and vehicles to and from Port Angeles since 1959.
Butchart Gardens‘ million bedding plants bloom from March through October. Almost a million people visit annually for spring’s flowering bulbs; summer’s riot of colour, entertainment and Saturday Fireworks; fall’s russets and golds; and the Magic of Christmas’ decorations; and winter’s peacefulness.
Clipper Vacationscame on board shortly after. Clipper Vacations offers regional travel experiences, including high-speed Victoria Clipper ferry services from Seattle to Victoria.
The City of Victoria’s long-held recognition of the harbour’s importance to the city’s very identity and a symbol of its success and prosperity led to their support of the project.
Since its establishment in 2002, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has been dedicated to the modernization and promotion of our harbour. Their patronage of the Victoria Harbour History project is indicative of the depth and breadth of their dedication to the health and evolution of our harbour.
Victoria’s owes its existence to the harbour, and from its first days it has been a working harbour, where the dynamics of commerce crosses the shoreline. Of all Victoria’s harbour’s enterprises, Point Hope Shipyard is at the leading edge of that long and vibrant story. Point Hope, the oldest continually operating yard on Canada’s west coast, has long been an advocate for the harbour’s history and heritage.
Eddie Hubbard’s Boeing B1’s wood and canvas hulled float plane landing in our sheltered harbour in 1919 with Canada’s first west coast airmail marked a new chapter in the importance of the harbour in Victoria’s economic and cultural life. No one is more aware of this than the folks at Harbour Air Seaplanes and their enthusiasm in helping tell the story led their kind patronage of the project.
Victoria Harbour Ferries have transported more than 3 million passengers around the harbour over the last 25 years. The service operates from 9 am to dusk between February 20 – October 22
Embraced by the magnitude of the mountains and the sea, The Sisters of Saint Ann, founded in 1850 by Blessed Marie Anne Blondin in Vaudreuil, Quebec, have served in the Pacific Northwest since 1858.
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia has been a generous source of help. The generosity with which they have provided access to their wonderful archives and library has been key to providing the stories posted on the site.