I will always remember my first airport shuttle transport from the Victoria airport to the city proper. A couple of things stand out for me, how wooded everything was, how incredibly different this island in the Pacific was from Toronto, and the recommendations of the driver to a couple inquiring about the best fish and chips.
You see, Victoria takes it’s fish and chips seriously. In fact, it takes anything British seriously. From the accents, to high tea, Victoria has the Britannia schtick nailed down pat.
Of course, back then it hadn’t occurred to me to seek out fish and chips on the island but given the interest expressed by my fellow airport shuttle passengers, I knew I ought to listen to the answer.
And can you believe I managed to miss the name of the place he recommended?!?!? But I did manage to catch that it was on a barge in the middle of Fisherman’s Wharf.
So a few days after my arrival, I set out for Fisherman’s Wharf in search of these famed fish and chips . . . and I hit the jackpot!
Since that day nearly eight years ago, I have been visiting Barb’s Fish and Chips on Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The seafood has never failed to be anything but exquisitely fresh and the atmosphere (surrounded by a working wharf and Sleepless in Seattle type homes) is a definite bonus.
Sure, the fish and chips are no longer as affordable as they once were but the truth is the price of halibut has gone up everywhere you look. And at the end of the day, I still believe a halibut (or local oyster) dinner is worth every penny!
As long as Barb’s exist, I will continue to return to Fisherman’s Wharf to enjoy my seafood, spend time with the harbour seals, and drink up the atmosphere.
Honestly to me, there is no better way to spend a summer afternoon in Victoria.
Should you find yourself in Victoria between the months of April and October, do stop by and try Barb’s Fish and Chips. You can thank me later!
Question: What would you say is the quintessential way to spend an afternoon in your hometown?