Canadian Lifeboat crew member Aaaron Turner cleans the ships brass bell at the Classic Boat Festival in the Inner Harbour.

Canadian Lifeboat crew member Aaaron Turner cleans the ships brass bell at the Classic Boat Festival in the Inner Harbour.

Classic shine

The 36th annual Classic Boat Festival took place in Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Thousands of spectators were on hand to view the almost 80 boats during one of the oldest and largest free three-day boat festival in the Pacific Northwest. Boats ranged from a 106 year-old schooner to brand new boats based on classic designs. The festival, a treat for boat lovers, also gave boat owners a chance to show off their boats. Activities included a rowing regatta, a dory race, a steam boat parade, a sailpast and onboard viewings of some of the vessels.