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At Our Doorstep: Discovering Downtown Victoria

An introduction to our beautiful surroundings

Downtown Victoria, located on the south tip of beautiful Vancouver Island, is a blend of historic charm and modern vibrance. Our Capital City’s British colonial past is evident in its architecture, gardens, and double-decker buses, but you’ll also find contemporary boutiques, diverse eateries, and an energetic arts scene. There is also a rich acknowledgement of respect to the Lekwungen People, who have stewarded these lands since time immemorial, through cultural art installations and totems (welcome figures).  If you’re planning a visit, here are some must-see spots and activities to include in your itinerary, all just steps from our front door.

  1. Royal BC Museum: This museum is a gateway to British Columbia’s history as well as Victoria’s modern art showcase. With captivating exhibits ranging from First Nations history to natural history, it provides an in-depth look at the region’s past. Or, catch a visual masterpiece through their curated cinematic program via an IMAX experience. Visit their website for current exhibitions and ticket information.
  2. Inner Harbour: This picturesque waterfront is the heart of Victoria. Stroll along the harbor, watch the street performers, or simply enjoy the scenic view of the boats and historic buildings. Catch a Harbour Ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf or book them for a unique brewery tour experience.
  3. Shop on Johnson Street: If you’re in the mood for shopping, Johnson Street is a must-visit. Home to a mix of contemporary boutiques and vintage stores, there’s something for every shopper. From Johnson Street, you can access the ever-popular Market Square, which also connects to the famous Fan Tan Alley and China Town.
  4. Beacon Hill Park: This 200 acre park is meticulously landscaped with manicured gardens, a mixture of exotic and native trees, and ponds full with water features. Peacocks roam freely throughout the park but tend to stay close to the ponds and petting zoo. In summer months, take advantage of a constant stream of free outdoor concerts and movies at the bandshell.

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, culturally inclined, or just looking to unwind, Downtown Victoria offers an array of experiences waiting to be explored. These are only a few of our MUST-DO recommendations – be sure to sign up for our newsletters as we continue to share all the reasons we love this beautiful city! Don’t just take our word for it, discover the magic yourself!

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For many, the best way to experience our unique harbour city is to stay in the heart of downtown. The place to feel that Victoria vibe is right here at our locally owned and operated hotel. By remaining an independent property, we stay true to our founder, Mr. Clive Piercy’s wish to treat every guest with personal attention that is hard to find elsewhere. Being authentically local also means we weave collaborations with local businesses, food & beverage suppliers, and our arts community into the fabric of our daily service to our visitors. Experience the best of Victoria through a truly local hotel.