D17 VIC­TO­RIA

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Al­bert Head – Named Al­bert Head after HRH Prince Al­bert, hus­band of Queen Vic­to­ria. Al­bert Head La­goon Re­gional Park is a 7 ha (17 ac) haven for bird watch­ers and na­ture lovers. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, huge guns (23.3 cm) were in­stalled so that they could log shells across the strait into the U.S. Royal Roads.

Esquimalt La­goon – A bird sanc­tu­ary you can ex­plore by dinghy.

Fis­gard Is­land – Is at­tached to Rodd Point by a cause­way. Has the old­est light­house on Canada’s Pa­cific coast. In 1878, first ar­tillery was in­stalled at Fort Rodd Hill His­toric Park to pro­tect Esquimalt and Vic­to­ria.

Esquimalt Har­bour – Serves as a Cana­dian Armed Forces naval base and a port for large com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. Once named Puerto de Cor­dova by the Span­ish; it was the site of a First Na­tions vil­lage named Chachimu­tu­pusas whose chief was Te­ta­cus.

Cole Is­land – You can still see the old brick build­ings which used to serve as a mu­ni­tions mag­a­zine com­plete with tim­bers which sailors used to load and un­load cargo.

The Cana­dian Forces Sail­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has its floats to the north of Con­stance Cove.

Con­stance Cove – The base for the western fleet of the Cana­dian Navy. At the en­trance is Duntze Head, named after Cap­tain John A. Duntze who com­manded the HMS Fis­gard.

Broth­ers Is­lands – The Small Craft Guide warns not to try to pass be­tween the is­lands and the shore.

Saxe Point Park – Gilling­ham Is­lands lie about 300 me­tres south­east but do not pass be­tween them. Fleming Bay, north­east, has a launch ramp for up to ten tons and sev­eral floats.

10. Ma­cauley Point – Cov­ered in grass with a bench for those who like to watch the marine traf­fic en­ter­ing.

11. Vic­to­ria Har­bour – The har­bour mas­ter and pa­trol craft mon­i­tor chan­nel 18A seven days per week dawn to dusk May to Oct and Mon - Fri 8 - 4 Oct to May. You can not sail in Vic­to­ria Har­bour. Once in the har­bour you will find many mari­nas and all the won­ders of Van­cou­ver Is­land.

12. Berens Is­land – Has a strobe light that is ac­ti­vated by land­ing air­craft to alert mariners.

13. Songhees Point – A large totem pole is on the point. Clear­ance un­der the bridge is 6 me­tres at HW.

14. Up­per Har­bour – Mostly in­dus­tri­al­ized.

15. There are lots of floats and moor­age along the shores for any size of boat. The B.C. Mar­itime Mu­seum is lo­cated in Bas­tion Square; it has many ar­ti­facts from B.C.’S coastal his­tory.

16. James Bay – B.C.’S Leg­is­la­ture, the Un­der­sea Gar­dens, the Royal Wax Mu­seum, and the Em­press Ho­tel. On the north side there are many pub­lic floats with moor­age up to 72 hours. It is in­ter­est­ing to watch the ferry from Port Angeles dis­gorge its ve­hi­cle traf­fic from the star­board side of its bow.

17. Vic­to­ria – Was called Fort Al­bert in 1843, but be­came Fort Vic­to­ria not long there­after. When the town site was laid out in 1852, it be­came Vic­to­ria. Govern­ment, tourism and lum­ber are what drives the city’s econ­omy.

18. Fish­er­man’s Floats – Houses the Vic­to­ria Har­bour Mas­ter with pub­lic floats and moor­age for over 400 boats. The Cana­dian Coast Guard Base for Vic­to­ria is south of Shoal Point.

19. Og­den Point – A red flash­ing light marks the end of the break­wa­ter which is a pop­u­lar place for a walk. It is a marine sanc­tu­ary, good spot for divers.

20. Brotchie Ledge – Marked with a light. Dark­ness brought a sur­prise to S.S. San Pe­dro on the night of Novem­ber 22, 1891 as she dis­cov­ered Brotchie Ledge.

21. Bea­con Hill Park – B.C.’S first park, es­tab­lished by Gov­er­nor James Dou­glas in 1858. Death, life and hap­pi­ness are in the story of Bea­con Hill. On these head­lands, where an an­cient race once buried their dead, early set­tlers erected bea­cons to guide mariners past dan­ger­ous Brotchie Ledge. Here, too, ever since Vic­to­ria was founded in 1843, peo­ple have gath­ered to en­joy sports and a vista of time­less ap­peal.

22. Clover Point – A great place to see kite fly­ers. James Dou­glas came ashore here in 1843 and be­gan build­ing Fort Vic­to­ria.

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