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Things to See downtown

Bastion Square

At the corner of View and Government Street, Bastion Square is located in the heart of downtown. The ceremonial entry arch, located at View and Government Streets, welcomes visitors to the original site of old Fort Victoria. The square looks out on the Inner Harbour and boasts some of the finest restaurants, pubs, and cafes in Victoria. In the summer, its seasonal artisan market and many outdoor patios make it an ideal spot to visit

Wharf Street

A quaint seaside street lined with shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Check out the beautiful old facades of the local architecture. Be sure to stop for a drink at one of the many patios on the way. It’s a great place to wander around. Rent a bike and cycle past the flower lined streets.
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China Town

Just a three-minute walk from Market Square, Canada's oldest Chinatown is characterized by narrow, winding streets and lots of little shops and restaurants. The Chinatown in Victoria is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. Victoria's Chinatown had its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century in the mass influx of miners from California to what is now British Columbia in 1858.

Be sure to check out the shops in Fan Tan Alley!

Fisherman’s Wharf

Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a charming treasure. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops and eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels and float homes, and watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. We love coming here for the afternoon!

Parliament buildings

The Parliament buildings are a dominant feature of the Inner Harbour. The construction of the Parliament Buildings began in 1893 and was led by architect Francis Rattenbury. The Parliament Buildings of British Columbia, Canada were officially opened in February 1898.

The buildings are the official residence for the B.C. Parliament to pass laws and where the Provincial Legislative Assembly gather and discuss the direction of the province. The BC Parliament Buildings provide guided tours year-round. For more information, please email Tourism Victoria's Visitor Centre at info@tourismvictoria.com, or phone toll-free 800-663-3883.

Ogden Point

A popular walk near downtown following the cement structure from Dallas Road out towards the Juan de Fuca Strait. There’s a lighthouse at the furthest point of the structure (which you’ll want to walk to). Take in the breathtaking ocean views, Victoria’s busy harbour, seagulls, seals and fisherman coexisting. Grab a coffee or a beer at the Breakwater Cafe.

Emily Carr House

Emily Carr House and Gardens, a National and Provincial Historic Site, are now “all in order and carefully tended” for you to come and experience. Stroll through the open gates and along the path that leads you towards the back verandah. Step into Emily Carr’s family home and discover for yourself how she emerged from this traditional colonial upbringing to become the internationally renowned painter and writer whose legacy of inspiration grows stronger with the passage of time.
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