Did you know that the Victoria Harbour Ferry is actually on its 20th year of performing the water ballet? This is one of those spectacular Vancouver Island tourist attractions that’s best witnessed up close and personal. The 20-minute ballet show started way back in the year 1993, designed to entertain locals and guests and showcase the dexterity of the little pickle boats as they maneuver their way above the waters of Inner Harbour with impressive synchronized precision. It later on became a famous icon of the city, which can be found alongside the Parliament buildings and Causeway – another two popular attractions.
Captivating Ballet Performance on Water
If you want to catch the show, it promptly starts at 10:45 AM every Sunday all throughout the months of May to September. Watching the performance up close is quite fascinating and definitely a unique experience for both the young and the old. The exceptional maneuverability of the boats are impressive to watch, all moving in harmony to the music of Blue Danube Waltz. The movements of the dancing Vancouver Island ferry boats are complex and certainly not something anyone have seen performed on the waters before. Under the capable direction of the Harbour Ferry captains, the nimble ‘water ballerinas’ has become such a huge hit among traveling guests since its debut and have been featured several times by foreign magazines and TV shows over the years.
There are usually 5 boats in a single performance, and the steps have certainly grown remarkably more complex through the years. What started out as a 10-minute performance is now stretched to 20 minutes, much to the delight of the onlookers who gather every Sunday just to witness the magnificent performance. It showcases a wonderful combination of military march movements and intricate ballet choreography that could only be under the guidance of a professional ballet instructor. By the way, this is a free performance designed to simply entertain and captivate the audience, which never fails to evoke such uplifting impact all around.
Whether, you are visiting Victoria for its stunning legislature buildings, whale watching adventures or for a simple weekend of sightseeing, make sure to drop by and enjoy the water ballet show every Sundays. It’s a memorable addition to any cheap family vacations.
Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours
1234-N Wharf Street Victoria, BC V8W 3H9, Canada
Getting to Victoria
You will be surprised to know that among the great highlights of Vancouver Island getaways actually includes the trip to getting there. If you are traveling by land, you will be regaled by the majestic views of the land, giving you an enthralling preview of what to expect.
This is the popular mode of transportation for both tourists and locals. Enjoy a leisurely mini-cruise with a scenic view of its raw coastal beauty.
- If you are traveling from Vancouver to Victoria, you can take the 2-hour boat ride via
- From Vancouver to Victoria, it’s a short 25-minute plane ride.
- From Seattle to Victoria, it’s a 45-munite ride.
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