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Lower Johnson Street
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Shop at independent boutique stores, enjoy free live music and dance performances and see historical buildings at this popular downtown Victoria street.

At Lower Johnson you can shop until you drop at fashion and cosmetic shops. Those who are into historical architecture will love looking at the facades of the heritage buildings. Free cultural events are great for everyone looking for some entertainment.

Known locally as LoJo, Lower Johnson is one of Victoria’s darlings when it comes to shopping. The area was originally the home of hotels and illegal opium factories that supported immigrant life during British Columbia’s gold rush in the 1850s.

Take a walk along the street to admire the Victorian-era buildings painted different colors. Photographers will enjoy taking photos of the blue-and-yellow W.C. Cameron building, which dates to 1888. Also look for the Victoria Box and Paper Building, which remains part of Oriental Alley. The alley was one of Victoria’s historic secret passageways. Don’t miss Willie’s Bakery: Established in 1887, it is the oldest bakery in British Columbia.

A major feature of Lower Johnson is Market Square. Come here to find trendy clothing and home decor stores, cafés and restaurants. Set around a courtyard, the businesses occupy the buildings of 19th-century shipping offices, depositories and saloons. Enjoy free cultural events at the square, such as live music, dance performances and art exhibitions. Children will appreciate the handicraft and painting activities of the Fringe Kids Festival, which takes place each August. Find more event details on the Market Square official website.

Combine a visit to Lower Johnson with a visit to Bastion Square with its street performers. You’ll find more fashion and accessory stores on nearby Trounce Alley. Also explore Chinatown Victoria, north of Market Square. This is one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America and is home to old teahouses, cosy shops, Asian restaurants and fortune tellers in near-hidden alleyways.

Lower Johnson runs between Wharf Street and Government Street in downtown Victoria and is just a short walk from the Inner Harbour. Pay-and-display street parking is available along Johnson Street and public buses stop nearby.

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Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $124 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,099 reviews)

"My Family and I really liked this hotel! Very close to Government st(all the shops and waterfront) The hotel staff were friendly and the hotel was clean. This was the first time we stayed at this particular hotel and Will definitely stay here in the future."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2021

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
4 out of 5
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $151 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)

"We enjoyed our overnight stay at Delta Ocean Pointe. Our king size bed and pillows were extremely comfortable, and staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. My only feedback was that the information we recieved about the hours of pool operation was wrong. We were under the impression that ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

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The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $151 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (978 reviews)

"It is right downtown which is great without a car. Close to great restaurants. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 5, 2021

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Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $124 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
4 out of 5
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $151 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
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The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $151 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $201 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12
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Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $98 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
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Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $144 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16
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Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
4 out of 5
728 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $135 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $118 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2
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The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $201 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
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