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Paddling Victoria BC Harbor - Trip #55

Trip #55 - Victoria harbor is a very picturesque fun place to paddle.  Winding rocking shorelines, little coves and bays, urban views of houseboats, shipyards, and the charming skyline of Victoria - the Empress, etc.

One problem - in summer it's super busy with sea planes, recreational boats, tourist shuttles, the Blackball Ferry, Victoria Clipper, and other small craft.  The key is to paddle the edges, along the shore.  Watch for outgoing current on the ebb at the harbor entrance into the Strait and clapotis (refracted waves) off Ogden Point's breakwater.

Best to take a peek at the Victoria harbor traffic scheme prior to going (in the book).  A local guide said, "if the seaplane lights are blinking, they're about to take off."

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