Victoria Harbour

Feature Type:Harbour (1) - Sheltered water in a shoreline indentation, suitable for mooring or anchoring vessels.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Victoria and Esquimalt
Latitude-Longitude: 48°25'16''N, 123°23'34''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/6

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 1 May 1934 on National Defence sheet 415a, Victoria; re-approved 6 January 1949 on C.3415.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Victoria Harbour is comprised of Inner Harbour, Upper Harbour, Selkirk Water, Gorge Waters and Portage Inlet. The Inner Harbour is entered between Shoal Point & Colville Island and extends northeast to the Johnson Street Bridge; the Upper Harbour extends north from the Johnson Street Bridge to Point Ellis Bridge; Selkirk Water extends northwest from Point Ellis Bridge to Chapman Point; Gorge Waters extends northwest from Chapman Point to Maple Point/Craigflower Bridge; Portage Inlet extends north of Craigflower Bridge. Victoria Harbour is the boundary between Victoria Land District and Esquimalt Land District, as well as the municipal boundary between Victoria City and Esquimalt District Municipality.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Victoria Harbour is a Public Harbour defined by Ports & Harbours Authority of Navigation Canada, and its limits are defined as "All the waters of Juan de Fuca Strait north of a line drawn from the southerly tip of Trial Island to the southerly extremity of Albert Head and including Selkirk Water and the navigable streams flowing into Victoria Harbour. Excluding from this area Esquimalt Harbour."

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office