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Victoria Harbour Ferry
Happy People, Happy Boats!
Pickle Boat

2017 Hours of Operation:

February 20 - October 22

9am until dusk

Any questions?  

Call us: 250-708-0201

 

Our Crew

Barry Hobbis

Barry Hobbis

VP of Operations

Barry was born and raised right here in Victoria. He's happily married with 5 kids and 2 grandchildren. He's served with the Oak Bay Police Force, Saanich Police Force, and was a member of the RCMP in BC, AB, and SK. He was also recruited to a legal publishing company and served as V.P. Divisional Publications. He loves being on the water and spending time with family!

Email:  bhobbis@victoriaharbourferry.com

Leslie Ward

Leslie Ward

Chief Administrative Officer

Leslie joined us in 2014 and moved to Victoria from Nova Scotia. She has over 20 years of experience in Accounting and a strong background in business.  She is thrilled to contribute her extensive skills to our vibrant team.

Email: lward@victoriaharbourferry.com

Klas Fogelklou

Klas Fogelklou

Fleet Operations Officer

Klas was born in Sweden, came to Canada in 1970, and has been in the hospitality business all his life. This includes Hotels and Golf Clubs, both private and public operations. He loves the water, golfing, and good wine and food.  Contact: klas@victoriaharbourferry.com

Karen Gates

Karen Gates

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Karen was born in Scotland and grew up in Vancouver.  She lives on a houseboat in the Inner Harbour with her husband and Ween the miniature weiner dog.  Karen has worked in the aviation industry, on cruiseships as a dancer and as a legal assistant.  In her spare time she is learning to become a yoga instructor.    Contact: kgates@victoriaharbourferry.com

Yves Trottier

Yves Trottier

Training Officer - Watch Leader - Captain

Yves was brought up on the St Lawrence River, had a long career in the Royal Canadian Navy and has enjoyed fourteen years working in Victoria's beautiful harbour. He enjoys travelling and meeting travellers from all around the world.  Yves is a Watch Leader and the VHF Training Officer.

Paul Gates

Maintenance Coordinator
Andy Ruszel

Andy Ruszel

Captain

Andy was born in Blackpool, England, raised in Toronto, and has lived on Vancouver Island for over 34 years. He loves being a Captain and meeting people from around the world.  His voyages up the Gorge are filled with history and humour.  Andy is also an avid musician and songwriter.  

Arnie Yates

Arnie Yates

Watch Leader - Captain

Arnie spent 28 years in the Navy. He is a recreational and blue water sailor, and this is his 18th year with Victoria Harbour Ferry! 

Barry Scott

Barry Scott

Captain

Barry has had his eye on being a Harbour Ferry Captain for 15 years.  He recently retired from airline flying and is very happy to be travelling at five knots rather than five hundred.  Barry has been a recreational sailor for thirty-five years, and has introduced many friends and family to the experience of boating on the West Coast.  He enjoys meeting people from all over the world and treating them to the joys of being on the water.

Ben Andersen

Ben Andersen

Captain

Ben was born in Denmark and immigrated to Canada as a young child.   After a long and satisfying policing career, he eventually settled in Victoria.  Ben is now retired and pleased to be interacting with the many happy and positive people he meets as he conducts tours of the Victoria harbour. He and his wife enjoy travelling, with his greatest joys derived from family, friends and humorous good times. 

Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor

Dock Staff

Originally from Northern Saskatchewan, Beth has enjoyed nursing, caregiving and floral design as part of her career life. Now she's indulging her love of people and nature in her dream job as one of the dock staff at Victoria Harbour Ferry.

Brian MacKenzie

Brian MacKenzie

Captain

Brian is a native Victorian and doesn't understand why anyone would want to live anywhere else. Brian joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2013. 

Buzz Wilson

Buzz Wilson

Captain

Buzz was raised in Victoria but moved to Alberta in 1971. Although he spent 42 years as a golf pro, Buzz began as a caddy at Victoria Golf Club in the mid 50s. He was in the golf business until retiring in 2013. Buzz joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014.

Ceilidh Briscoe

Ceilidh Briscoe

Dock Staff

Coming soon...

Criofan Briscoe

Criofan Briscoe

Dock Staff

Criofan was born in Victoria, BC, and has lived here her whole life. Next year, she plans to attend the Vancouver Film School to study visual art and design, but at the moment she is really enjoying working and being a part of the Victoria Harbour Ferries crew.

Christopher Causton

Christopher Causton

Goodwill Ambassador - Captain

Christopher was the mayor of Oak Bay for 15 years.  He is the founder and former owner of Jason's (Camille's) and Rattenbury's (Spaghetti Factory).  He is a classically trained hotelier and a mean tennis player. 

Dave Cowell

Dave Cowell

Captain

Dave is happiest when on the water, especially if he is with good friends and his grandkids. From 1980 to 2010 he spent his management career in the petroleum industry. 

Dave Knowlton

Dave Knowlton

Watch Leader - Captain

Dave loves being out on the water. 

Dave Ward

Dave Ward

Dock Staff

Born in land-locked Calgary, Dave spent the larger part of his life moving about with his parents until he packed his dog in the car and moved west. That was some 25 years ago. Developing his passion for scuba diving seemed natural living here in beautiful Victoria, and after 20 years in retail management and customer service, this gem of a job fell from the sky and seems a natural fit. He did go sailing for three weeks in New Zealand once so why not? He loves his son, and life is wonderful!

Denise Wilson

Denise Wilson

Dock Staff

Coming soon...

Dennis Fraser

Dennis Fraser

Captain
Dennis Murray

Dennis Murray

Captain

Dennis has lived in Victoria for 31 years, has three kids, and is a passionate fisherman. He practiced law for 40 years, 9 of which were with the Government of BC. Dennis joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014.

Derek Morrisson

Derek Morrisson

Captain

Derek is a native Victorian, born and raised.  He had a fantastic career with the City of Victoria and eight fun seasons in the motorcycle industry.  Derek is excited to join the team at Victoria Harbour Ferry spending his days on happy boats filled with happy people.  What could be better than that!  In his spare time, Derek loves to explore Vancouver Island by boat and motorcycle because it is one of the most beautiful places on earth and you can never see it all.

Donnee Wright

Donnee Wright

Dock Staff

Coming soon...

Doug MacKeen

Doug MacKeen

Captain

Doug joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2013. He comes from the Royal Canadian Navy and is an avid power and sail-boater with 30+ years of experience navigating local and international waters. He is friendly and outgoing with a passionate interest in boating and telling stories.

Doug Pringle

Doug Pringle

Captain

Doug grew up in Victoria, graduated from Oak Bay High School, and attended Camoson College and UVic. He is married with two grown sons.

Doug Thompson

Fleet Maintenance

Doug is married with two beautiful daughters and one grand daughter. He recently retired from DND after 33 years. Doug is a qualified journeyman machinist and mechanical fitter. His many hobbies include competitive golf, family, travel in the USA, home renovations, cars and horticulture. H also enjoys home cooking and baking. Doug is very happy to be working with the Victoria Harbour Ferry team. 

Eve Jette

Eve Jette

Dock Staff - Supervisor

Eve joined the crew at Victoria Harbour Ferry at the beginning of the 2014 season and is your first point of contact at our Empress Dock kiosk.

Gary Neumann

Gary Neumann

Captain

After 32 years in the retail business industry, Gary retired from the Hudson's Bay Company.  In his spare time, Gary volunteers as a crew member with Oak Bay Search & Rescue.  He is a husband and grandfather as well as an avid fisherman and eco-tour operator.  Gary is happiest out on the water and is excited to be back for another season with Victoria Harbour Ferry.  

Gary Nickle

Gary Nickle

Captain

This is Gary's seventh season with Victoria Harbour Ferry, and he enjoys every season more than the last. He was a Victoria Fireman for 28 years previously. 

George Jungmeisteris

George Jungmeisteris

Captain

George is originally from Ontario where he worked in the high-tech sector and enjoyed boating on the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers. Looking for a warmer winter he moved to Victoria and now can sail year round! 

Heather Robson

Heather Robson

Captain

Heather moved to Victoria from Vancouver in 2015.  She comes from careers in Policing and Public Transportation.  

Heldor Schafer

Heldor Schafer

Captain

Heldor is a former publisher who still dabbles in writing for the theatre and travel articles.  When not working on the water, he goes paddling or sailing just for the fun of it.  In winter he enjoys visiting foreign places with their abundant arts and cultures.   

Janet Baggott

Janet Baggott

Accounting Assistant

Janet was born and raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.  She has lived and worked in Northern BC, Trail, Kelowna and calls Gabriola Island home.  Janet enjoys working in Victoria and loves to walk and explore this beautiful city.

Jeanie Yates

Jeanie Yates

Dock Staff

Jeanie has worked for the company for over ten years and enjoys working outdoors and meeting people who visit Victoria. In her spare time she likes to sail, garden, run, and travel!

Jim McLauchlan

Jim McLauchlan

Captain

Jim is a retired Yachtmaster, sailing instructor, and a private pilot. He really enjoys being on the water and meeting a wide range of happy visitors to Victoria and of course the Harbour Ferries!

Jim Sutherland

Jim Sutherland

Captain

Jim is a life-long Victoria resident!  He enjoys meeting people from around the world and loves sharing his local knowledge and stories with them.  Before becoming a Captain at Victoria Harbour Ferry, Jim used to work in law enforcement.  

Jim Tomaselli

Jim Tomaselli

Captain

Jim is excited to be back for another season with Victoria Harbour Ferries.  During the off season Jim can be found at the local rinks officiating games on behalf of Victoria Minor Hockey or on stage performing with the Victoria Choral Society.

John McKim

John McKim

Captain

John is an eight-year skipper with Victoria Harbour Ferry.  He is retired after spending over 40 years with both the Federal and Provincial Governments.  His love of the water and conversing with the local inhabitants and the vast array of tourists have been the highlights his careers. The motto "Happy people - Happy boats" is what makes this skipper happy.

John Screaton

John Screaton

Captain

John is a retired tug boat Captain of 38 years. This is his fifth year at Victoria Harbour Ferry. 

Kathleen Dalzell

Kathleen Dalzell

Dock Staff

Kathleen has lived on the coast almost her entire life.  She loves being surrounded by nature and she loves to paddle.  Kathleen hopes to one day own her own boat so that she can explore more of the coastal waters.  She looks forward to a great season as a member of the Victoria Harbour Ferry Dock Staff.  

Kevin Carle

Kevin Carle

Captain

After 33 years of service in the Royal Canadian Navy, Kevin is happy to be back home in Victoria. Being on the water again and meeting wonderful folks aboard Victoria Harbour Ferry is most rewarding for him.

Kevin Kirkwood

Kevin Kirkwood

Captain

Kevin was born and raised in Vancouver but has spent much of his adult life in Victoria.  He enjoyed being on the sea with the Royal Canadian Navy for 38 years and now has his own boat to sail about in.  A father of 5 and grandfather to 12, he loves his children and enjoys having fun with his family. 

Kristin Hobbis

Kristin Hobbis

Dock Staff

Coming soon...

Mary Lightly

Mary Lightly

Dock Staff

Mary came to Victoria from Quebec, via a long stop in The Lower Mainland, where she attended university, raised a family and enjoyed 33 rewarding years in teaching. Post-retirement, Mary and her husband taught at International Schools in Thailand, Mauritania, China and Kazakhstan; but the many attractions of Victoria and The Island convinced this traveller to finally drop anchor - for most of the year. Mary is thrilled to be a part of the Harbour Ferry team. 

Michelle Richards

Dock Staff

Coming soon...

Mitch Wierenga

Mitch Wierenga

Watch Leader - Captain

Mitch is a 33-year Royal Canadian Navy Veteran  He has been with Victoria Harbour Ferry for over 18 years! In the winter months, Mitch enjoys RV-ing and seeking warmer climates down south. 

Murray Anderson

Murray Anderson

Captain

Murray was born in Victoria and has been boating since the age of 10. His other pastimes include vintage vehicles and riding his Harley. He loves the water and was active in the Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary for many years. Murray joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014. 

Peter Miller

Peter Miller

First Mate

Peter was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  After working internationally with mud and cement, he is happy to have washed up in Victoria.  Many years spent sailing small boats means Peter can easily navigate with his eyes closed and frequently does. 

Pieter Nieuwburg

Pieter Nieuwburg

Captain
Randy Morriss

Randy Morriss

Captain

Randy spent 37 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and the federal public service.  He first retired to Parksville where he volunteered at the local Coast Guard Auxiliary unit.  Recently re-located to Sooke, Randy is excited to be working with Victoria Harbour Ferry.

Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Watch Leader - Captain

Robert joined us in 2006 following 37 years in banking management and operating his own business conducting investment seminars across Canada and the USA. He has been an Active member of the Federation of Canadian artists for over 20 years. He and his wife enjoy RV'ing in their motorhome and spending winters in warmer climates.

Ron Fenton

Ron Fenton

Captain

Ron moved to beautiful BC from Ontario in 2014.  He was a retired airport manager and private island resort manager.  Ron loves to fly and has been a private pilot since 1975.  He enjoys canoing, hiking and spending time with his wife, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  Ron is looking forward to another exciting season with Victoria Harbour Ferry!

Ron McCaffrey

Ron McCaffrey

Watch Leader - Captain

Ron and his wife live on the sea, work on the sea, and enjoy a waterfront lifestyle. Ron has over 35 years of experience in the marine industry. He is very family oriented and leads an active and adventurous lifestyle. 

Sandi Knowlton

Sandi Knowlton

Captain

Sandi was born in Toronto and spent most of her life there. She sailed on Lake Ontario for several years before moving to Victoria to live in paradise! She now works as a Harbour Ferry captain and volunteers for Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue to keep in touch with all things nautical.   

Sam Hauserman

Sam Hauserman

Captain

Sam answered the call of the West in his retirement from the business world and has downsized to the vibrant city of Victoria.  After a lifetime of boating the Muskoka Lakes and the St. Lawrence River in Ontario, he is thrilled to have joined the crew at Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014.  Sam truly enjoys sharing the history and stories of his wonderful new city.

Shelley Deglan

Dock Staff

After retiring, Shelley moved to Victoria from the Greater Vancouver area in 2015.  She enjoyed a career in retail management and numerous other customer service positions.  In her spare time, Shelley loves to garden, travel and play with beads!  

Stan Huston

Stan Huston

Captain - Ballet Captain

Stan has 25+ years in the hospitality industry as an owner and operator in both restaurants and hotels. He's been messing around in boats for more than 50 years and is an avid sailor. He spent 2 years sailing to New Zealand and back, and he currently teaches sailing as well as driving the ferries in the summer. 

Stephen Schenck

Captain

Stephen was born and raised in Victoria.  He has worked his whole life in the sea industry since 1968 until retiring in 2015.

Tim Rendell

Tim Rendell

Captain

In his youth, Tim loved boating on the Salish Sea.  He had a great career as a Chartered Accountant in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary working in management in various industries in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector in professional performing arts.  Having now moved into 'the slower land' in Victoria, Tim has returned to his love of being on the water with Victoria Harbour Ferry.  He is happily married with five children and six grand children.  

Tom Kirk

Tom Kirk

Captain

Captain Tom Kirk was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.  He immigrated to Canada in 1968 where he embarked on an airline career of more than 30 years.  Rumours of him spending time in a galaxy far far away are, to date, unproven.  He and his wife moved back to the west coast to enjoy retirement and island living.  He is eager to start a new chapter in his life with Victoria Harbour Ferry.  

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Captain

Tom joined the Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2016 after a fulfilling career with the Royal Canadian Navy. A native of Ottawa Ontario, Tom could not think of more rewarding past time then spending time on the water and reminiscing with folks from all over the world.

Wendy Eakins

Wendy Eakins

Dock Staff

After 25 years of retail management, Wendy made the decision to leave her life of living on the water in the Kawartha Lakes to living in the Inner Harbour of Victoria.  Traveling, the Toronto Blue Jays, friends and family keep her busy.