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Government Street

This central street attracts the crowds with its museums and galleries, historical architecture, shopping districts and Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Government Street is one of Victoria’s most popular commercial and entertainment streets. Come to this lively area to shop for fashion and handicrafts, visit museums and historical buildings and discover Canada’s oldest Chinatown. If you follow the street south from the city’s downtown district to Holland Point Park you are rewarded with views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  

Make use of the wide sidewalks and explore Government Street on foot. Start at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, a neo-baroque palace overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Walk north past The Fairmont Empress, an Edwardian hotel built in the early 1900s. For sweet nostalgia, stop in at Roger’s Chocolates, a local favorite since it first opened in 1885. Collectors will find precious old objects and furniture at the auction houses on Antique Row.

Sign up for a Ghostly Walks tour at the visitor information center at the harbor. The 90-minute walk with a knowledgeable local is a fun way to learn more about the street’s intriguing history.

Government Street also has book stores, a mall with international department stores and coffee shops, so allow yourself ample time to take it all in.

Also take some time to explore the pedestrian-only alleys off Government Street. Fashion lovers will enjoy browsing the boutique stores on Trounce Alley. At Bastion Square you can see street performers at work and browse the market during weekends and the warmer seasons. While here, don’t miss the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in the Old Courthouse building. 

Where Government Street crosses Fisgard Street, walk under the colorful Gate of Harmonious Interest to enter Chinatown Victoria. The well-preserved historic district is home to fortune tellers and souvenir shops, restaurants and teahouses. Try a “tea flight,” consisting of three blends that complement each other perfectly.

Government Street is within walking distance of major Victoria attractions, including the Inner Harbour and Thunderbird Park. Pay-and-display parking is available in designated areas of the street. Alternatively, public buses stop close to most of the places that you’ll want to visit.


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Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific

Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps away from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites CA $145
    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Royal BC Museum. Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Rialto CA $119
      Hotel Rialto

      Hotel Rialto

      653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites CA $158
        Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

        Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

        1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum. Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal are also within 15 minutes.

          Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort CA $159
          Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

          Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

          100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Victoria, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Rim College, Market Square and Bastion Square. Chinatown is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.

            Royal Scot Hotel & Suites CA $121
            Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

            Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

            425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

              The Fairmont Empress
              The Fairmont Empress

              The Fairmont Empress

              721 Government St, Victoria, BC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Victoria Bug Zoo and British Columbia Parliament Building. Victoria Harbour and Market Square are also within 10 minutes.

                The Magnolia Hotel and Spa CA $159
                The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

                The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

                623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour are also within 10 minutes.