Esquimalt Harbour

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Esquimalt Harbour
View of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Fort Rodd Hill Lower Battery.jpg
Russian tall ship Pallada is seen between Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd in 2005
LocationEsquimalt, British Columbia
Coordinates48°26′00″N 123°26′00″W / 48.43333°N 123.43333°W / 48.43333; -123.43333Coordinates: 48°26′00″N 123°26′00″W / 48.43333°N 123.43333°W / 48.43333; -123.43333
Queen's Harbour MasterCommander A. James[1]
Esquimalt Harbour is located in British Columbia
Esquimalt Harbour
Location of Esquimalt Harbour in British Columbia at the southeast end of Vancouver Island

Esquimalt Harbour is a sheltered harbour in Greater Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The Harbour is bounded by the small cities and towns of Colwood to the west, View Royal to the north, and Esquimalt to the east. The entrance to Esquimalt Harbour is from the south off the Strait of Juan de Fuca through a narrow channel known as Royal Roads. The entrance is marked by the historic Fisgard Lighthouse on the Harbour's west shore in Colwood.

Esquimalt Harbour is home to the Canadian Forces Maritime Forces Pacific, based at CFB Esquimalt. It was the home of the Esquimalt Royal Navy Dockyard from 1842 to 1905.

Just to the east of Esquimalt Harbour lies Victoria Harbour.

In the summer of 1790 Manuel Quimper, Gonzalo López de Haro, and Juan Carrasco aboard Princesa Real explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca where they claimed Esquimalt Harbour for Spain, naming it Puerto de Córdova.

Canadian warships docked at CFB Esquimalt July 2005


  1. ^ "Canadian Navy: MARPAC - Maritime Forces Pacific - Esquimalt Harbour". Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-02-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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