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TRAVEL DESTINATION

Victoria International
Marina to Open in 2017

Victoria International Marina final rendering.

By: Craig Ritchie

T

After three decades of redesigns, ownership
changes, and endless red tape, western
Canada's newest superyacht marina is on
schedule to open in 2017.

hree decades after it was first proposed, and in the
wake of multiple redesigns, ownership changes, lawsuits, and red tape, the Victoria International Marina is finally
under construction and on schedule for its much-anticipated
grand opening in late spring of 2017.
Located in the Songhees neighbourhood overlooking
Victoria's protected middle harbour, the state-of-the-art, $24
million facility will feature a total of 28 slips accommodating
yachts up to 160 feet. A 7,000 square foot building constructed
over the water on one end of the property will house an upscale
gourmet restaurant, while a matching 7,000 square foot building
at the other end will accommodate the marina offices, crew
amenities, and additional yacht services. The entire site offers
spectacular views of Victoria's iconic inner harbour to the east,
and direct access to the open sea through the Strait of Juan de
Fuca to the south. Its premier location, at the gateway of the
Pacific Northwest Passage, marks the first entry point into
Canada for international yachters traveling north, making the
new marina a particularly convenient location to provision on
the way to Alaska.
"It has been a very long road to get to this point, but we're
thrilled to have construction underway and we're looking forward to the grand opening in June 2017," says Craig Norris,
CEO for the marina's ownership group, Community Marine

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Concepts Ltd. "We have consulted with a number of yacht owners and crews, and received a tremendous level of interest in
visiting the Victoria area. We keep hearing that they would love
to come, but to date there has been no infrastructure to support
them. This marina changes everything."
THE LONG ROAD TO REALIZATION
The idea of developing a mega-yacht marina in the Victoria area
first surfaced in 1987, when development group Pacific National
Investments Ltd. (PNI) acquired two building lots on a former
railway yard located on the north side of Victoria's middle harbour. PNI submitted a development plan to the City of Victoria
consisting of residential units and a yacht marina, and then proceeded to begin installing site infrastructure, breaking ground in
the early 1990s. The development was divided into five phases,
beginning with residential condominiums and concluding with
the marina. But once residents moved into the newly-opened
condominiums, they petitioned against any further development
and the City of Victoria responded by re-zoning the property and
imposing a number of development restrictions. In response,
PNI took the City of Victoria to court in 2000, suing for breach
of contract. Their lawsuit was successful, but the re-zoning had
effectively stopped the marina in its tracks.
Efforts to develop the marina resumed when Edmonton,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting April 2017

Vantage Point: Celebrating Canada’s 150th
Galley Guys: Near-Beer off the Pier
Club Profile: Cedar Island Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Victoria International Marina
Seamanship: Top Dead Centre
Cruising Destination: Northern Georgian Bay
International Cruising Destination: Almost Canadian, Almost Caribbean
Sail Review: Leopard 45
Power Review: Carver 52 Command Bridge
The Port Hole
Trailering Part 1: Trouble-free Towing
Crossing the Line: Let’s Make the America’s Cup Great Again
Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Cover1
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Vantage Point: Celebrating Canada’s 150th
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Galley Guys: Near-Beer off the Pier
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Club Profile: Cedar Island Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Travel Destination: Victoria International Marina
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Seamanship: Top Dead Centre
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Cruising Destination: Northern Georgian Bay
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Sail Review: Leopard 45
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