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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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Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites ¥12,375
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 steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites ¥13,834
    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 near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Victoria Conference Centre and Royal BC Museum are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Grand Pacific ¥14,851
      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 from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

        The Magnolia Hotel and Spa ¥15,899
        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.

          Royal Scot Hotel & Suites ¥9,592
          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 from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

            Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort ¥13,962
            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.

              Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour ¥8,544
              Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

              Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

              427 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Victoria Harbour and The Robert Bateman Centre. British Columbia Parliament Building and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

                Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA ¥11,308
                Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

                Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

                146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fisherman's Wharf Park and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf. Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal and Victoria Harbour are also within 10 minutes.