Victoria horse carriages

Horse carriage collisions are frequent occurrences in Victoria.  To clarify, we use the word “collisions” instead of “accidents” because the latter implies that their is no one to blame.

Collisions happen with the horse carriages because:

  1. A horse is spooked.
  2. The driver of the horse carriage is unable to control the horse.
  3. A motor vehicle collides with the horse carriage causing one of the above to take place.

Collisions with horse carriages happen on a yearly basis in Victoria, B.C.  Some are reported in local media and some reported directly to police.  Others still are handled privately or are never reported officially.

It is extremely important that all carriages collisions are reported to the following agencies to be properly recorded and documented for further investigation:

  1. Victoria Police Department – If an emergency call 911, otherwise call 250-995-7654
  2. BCSPCA Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline at 1 (855) 6BC SPCA (1-855-622-7722).  Report all incidents involving the horse carriages even if they are not directly cruelty related.
  3. Victoria Horse Alliance – We will make sure that your story gets out to the right sources and we will be sure to add your account of what happened to our files.  Please share with us any images you take of the collision as well.  We will not publish your name or contact information. Contact us here.

This helps the City of Victoria and organizations such as Victoria Horse Alliance understand the scope of these collisions, the safety concerns, and how this industry affects the integrity of our communities.

You are a vital part of speaking on behalf of the horses and making sure their interests are protected.  It is in the interests of the horse carriage companies to downplay or limit the exposure of any collisions that happen in our communities because it is bad for their business.  Yet, this is bad for our communities because it disarms people from making informed decisions about the appropriateness and safety of the horse carriage industry in Victoria.

Horse Carriage Collisions, Accidents, and Complaint Reports

Below you will find a dated list of documented collision reports and complaints to the City of Victoria and the Victoria Police Department.

We are happy to also include citizen accounts of events or complaints as well. If you have documented an incident you would like to share with us please send us the image or video with your statement.

More reports coming soon.

  • May 3rd, 1995:
    • Runaway coach struck and dragged a pedestrian with two horses while they were crossing the sidewalk.
    • Related Business: Tally-Ho Carriage Tours

    July 25th, 1997:

    • Horse spooked and carriage tipped over on Wharf and Broughton St.
    • Related Business: Carriage Tours Victoria

    Aug 7th, 1997:

    • Horse out of control on Empress hotel front law.  Bride and groom thrown from the carriage.
    • Related Business: Unknown

    July 22nd, 2002:

    • Horse spooked and bolted with one tourist in carriage, striking a vehicle.
    • Related Business: Black Beauty Lines

    Jan 16, 2003:

    • Horse runs into tree, several people injured.
    • Related Business: Tally Ho Tours

    Sept 15th, 2003:

    •  Three injured when horse carriage spooked in Beacon Hill Park due to noise from a grass trimmer.
    • Related Business: Victoria Carriage Tours

    Aug 24th, 2004:

    • Horse spooked and out of control, property damage.
    • Related Business: Black Beauty Carriages

    May 6th, 2005:

    • Horse carriage struck by vehicle after being parked at Government and Belleville Intersection
    • Related Business: Carriage Company Unknown

    Aug 15th, 2005:

    • Horse spooked and bolted, throwing passenger from the carriage.
    • Related Business: Tally Ho Tours

    Sep 10th, 2005:

    • Horse spooked and bolted hitting vehicle, horse injured
    • Related Business: Victoria Carriage Tours

    Aug 04th, 2006:

    • Horse out of control along Dallas Rd, horse injured
    • Related Business: Carriage Company Unknown

    Aug 31st, 2006:

    • Horse carriage spooked and carriage tipped over.
    • Related Business: Carriage Company Unknown

    May 24th, 2008:

    • Collision Damage Under $1000
    • Related Business: Victoria Carriage Tours

    Dec 4th, 2008:

    • Collision Damage Under $1000
    • Related Business: Victoria Horse Carriage Tours

    March 6th, 2009:

    • Horse Carriage Horse Collapses on Government St.
    • Related Business: Black Beauty Line Ltd.

    July 19th, 2010:

    • Assist Public report: Horses out of control
    • Related Business: Victoria Trolley and Carriage Tours

    Aug 22nd, 2011:

    • Horse Carriage Tipped Over In Beacon Hill Park
    • Related Business: Tally Ho carriage tours

    Aug 1st, 2012:

    • Traffic Other report: Horse and carriage out of control
    • Related Business: Tally Ho carriage tours

    May 23rd, 2014:

    • Collision Damage Over $1000/Runaway Horse
    • Related Business: Tally Ho carriage tours

    July 3rd, 2014:

    • Vehicle Hit and Run
    • Related Business: Tally Ho carriage tours

    Oct 13th, 2014:

    • Horse Carriage Operating At Night Without Lights On
    • Related Business: Tally Ho carriage tours

    August 9th, 2015:

    • Report of horse carriage collision on Dallas Rd. from several sources.
    • More information sought from the community.

    November 29th, 2015:

    • Child jumped off moving horse trolley after dropping toy off the side.  Narrowly missed being seriously injured.

 July 24th, 2016:

  • Pedicab driver documented holding onto carriage to tow his fully loaded tandem pedicab along with the fully loaded carriages.  Carriage driver allows behaviour.

August 3rd, 2016: 

  • Horse giving tour after having thrown his shoe.  Carriage driver informed and replies to concerned citizen, that there is nothing they can do and won’t stop the tour.

August 19th, 2016:

  • Horse breaks free of carriage in James Bay and runs amok in the streets.  Several residents expressed being “traumatized” by the event.

June 28th, 2017:

  • Trailer driving horses out of town after their shift in collision with another vehicle.

August 2017:

  • Carriage horse spooked and runs out of control down Menzies St.

August 2017:

  • While giving a tour in Beacon Hill Park, phone is dropped off the side of the carriage.  Driver jumps off the vehicle while it is moving picks up the phone and returns to the drivers seat.

Oct 2017:

  • While giving a tour, driver stops at outside liquor store for passengers to buy alcohol, passengers return to carriage and open alcohol passing a bottle to the driver.  It is illegal to have open liquor in public.

We have many more documented complaints, collisions, and incidents of concern to be posted soon.  All are obtained through freedom of information requests from the Victoria Police Department and the City of Victoria.