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On 29 March 1888 the first Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway service started over the first railway bridge to span the harbour.The successor to that line is the Victoria – Courtenay train operated by Via Rail over the Johnson Street Bridge (which opened in January 1924).In 1865 the British Royal Navy relocated the headquarters of its Pacific fleet from Valparaíso, Chile, to the Esquimalt Royal Navy Dockyard in Esquimalt Harbour.

Historically it was a shipbuilding and commercial fishing centre.After purchasing the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company in 1901 to form the British Columbia Coast Steamships division, the Canadian Pacific Railway company, through its Canadian Pacific Hotels division, then built the Empress Hotel overlooking James Bay in the Inner Harbour which opened in 1908.The Canadian Pacific Steamship Company operated ships out of Victoria on the so-called triangle route: Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle.Victoria Harbour is a harbour, seaport, and seaplane airport in the Canadian city of Victoria, British Columbia.It serves as a cruise ship and ferry destination for tourists and visitors to the city and Vancouver Island.

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