James Bay is known for being walkable and family-friendly with many neighborhood options for restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the parks. With hotels to suit everyone's tastes, James Bay serves as a good starting point for exploring the greater Victoria area.
Sightseeing around James Bay
The museums and historic landmarks are some of the area's top attractions. Emily Carr House, The Robert Bateman Centre, and Royal BC Museum feature a variety of exhibits. At Miniature World, Open Space, and Victoria Royal Theatre, you'll learn about local culture. Swing by Helmcken House, Chinatown, and Government House to learn about local history. Black Ball Ferry Line, St. Ann's Academy, and Bastion Square are well-known local landmarks. Hours of family fun are waiting at Victoria Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria Bug Zoo, and Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre.
You can get some shopping done while you're here, or take part in any number of other activities. You'll find the great outdoors at parks like Fisherman's Wharf Park, Holland Point Park, and Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum. For retail therapy, consider Bay Centre, Market Square, and Westside Village Shopping Centre, and seek out the perfect souvenir. Victoria Harbour, Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal, or Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will provide yet another welcomed diversion.
A few of the most popular sights in the area include Fisgard Lighthouse, University of Victoria, and Butchart Gardens. Beacon Hill Park, Pacific Rim College, and Christ Church Cathedral will also leave an impression.
Getting around James Bay
If you want to explore what's across the water, take a ferry from the port.
The closest major airport is Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.), located 15.6 miles (25.1 km) from James Bay. Friday Harbor, WA (FRD) is the next closest airport, 17.8 miles (28.6 km) away.