Government Street, Victoria

Government Street, Victoria

Come take a stroll down Government Street, a vibrant hub of entertainment and commerce in Victoria. This bustling street is a veritable treasure trove of fashion, handicrafts, museums, and historical landmarks, including Canada's oldest Chinatown. With its wide sidewalks, Government Street is perfect for leisurely strolls on foot. Begin your journey at the opulent British Columbia Parliament Buildings, a neo-baroque palace that towers over Victoria's picturesque Inner Harbour. Follow the street northwards past the Edwardian gem, The Fairmont Empress hotel, which was built in the early 1900s.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Roger's Chocolates, a local favorite that has been serving up delectable treats since 1885. Antique enthusiasts will relish exploring the auction houses on Antique Row, where precious furniture and objects abound. For a truly spine-tingling experience, visit the harbor's visitor information center and sign up for a Ghostly Walks tour, where a knowledgeable local guide will regale you with the street's fascinating history on a 90-minute walk.

Government Street also boasts bookstores, a mall with international department stores, and coffee shops, offering visitors a one-stop-shop for all their needs. Don't forget to explore the pedestrian-only alleys off Government Street, such as Trounce Alley, where you'll find a bevy of fashionable boutiques. At Bastion Square, be sure to catch the street performers at work and browse the market during weekends and the warmer seasons. Don't miss the Maritime Museum of British Columbia housed in the historic Old Courthouse building.

Chinatown Victoria is undoubtedly one of Government Street's highlights, and the colorful Gate of Harmonious Interest marks its entrance. This historic district is impeccably preserved and boasts fortune tellers, souvenir shops, restaurants, and teahouses. Visitors can indulge in a "tea flight," comprising three blends that harmonize perfectly with each other.

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Government Street on Map

Sight Name: Government Street
Sight Location: Victoria, Canada (See walking tours in Victoria)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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