Wharf Street Victoria
A bustling hub of activity, Wharf Street lines the perimeter of Victoria’s inner harbour. Chock-full of pubs and restaurants and frequented by cyclists along with pedestrians and hop-on-hop-off buses, it seems most visitors find their way to Wharf Street. For a leisurely walk, a bike ride, or for a bite to eat, here’s what you can expect when you visit Wharf Street in Victoria, B.C.
Restaurants & Pubs
The Local’s outdoor patio is incredibly popular throughout spring and summer. Facing Wharf Street with stunning views of the inner harbour, and flanking the entrance to Bastion Square, The Local offers some of the city’s best people-watching, along with good food and cold beer. Adjacent to The Local is D’Arcy’s Pub. D’Arcy, known for nightlife and upbeat live music, is also home to a nightclub, Upstairs Cabaret. Though there’s nearly always a long, yet fast-moving line-up, Red Fish Blue Fish, is a highly acclaimed ‘outdoor waterfront eatery in an up-cycling cargo container on a wooden pier in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.’ Offering a modern spin on the old-style fish and chips, they also offer menu items like sandwiches and chowder too.
Other Wharf Street Restaurants include:
The David Foster Walkway
Running parallel to Wharf Street, a walkway named after world-renowned, Victoria-born, Record Producer, David Foster, provides unparalleled views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Not only efficiently connecting sections of the downtown core, The David Foster Walkway, enhances public spaces while drawing visitors and locals to the harbourfront. Stretching 5-kilometers long, the walkway (once entirely complete) will stretch from Odgen Point (the cruise ship terminal in James Bay) to Rock Bay. Connecting restaurants, marine-based tourism activities, while offering views of marine life and harbour traffic, the walkway is a perfect way to explore Wharf Street.
New, and incredibly protected two-way, traffic controlled, bike lanes were revealed in summer 2019 by the City of Victoria. For the exclusive use of cyclists, the bike-lanes running along Wharf Street offer quick and easy access to all parts of downtown Victoria and beyond. Connecting quickly to the nearby Johnson Street Bridge, cyclists can then connect to the Galloping Goose trail network, providing pathways as far away as Sooke, and North Saanich.
Harbour Planes and Ferries
With a rare designation, Victoria’s Inner Harbour acts as an Airport Water Aerodrome for floatplanes serviced by Harbour Air and Kenmore Air, both with terminals on Wharf Street. In addition to floatplanes, it’s easy to spot Harbour Ferries and Water Taxis traversing the harbour. While harbour ferries offer tours on a regular rotation, water taxis can be called when needed. From Wharf Street, the most proximal harbour ferry stop exists at The Flying Otter Restaurant.
Though its formal entrance is located at View and Government Streets, Bastion Square is accessible from Wharf Street too. The square is lined with pubs, restaurants and cafes, and transforms into a public market most days throughout the summer. With artisans ‘offering an eclectic mix of arts, crafts and imports’ in addition to live entertainment, Bastion Square is the Wharf Street hub throughout much of the summer.