Victoria’s downtown is a vibrant neighbourhood, easily explored on foot from the hotel. This area is a hub for both culture and entertainment and boasts attractions such as the Royal BC Museum and Chinatown. The downtown area is also home to the Royal and McPherson Theatres, the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Victoria Academy of Ballet. For some great shopping, take a stroll along Government Street or Lower Johnson for some amazing local shops.
James Bay is surrounded by water on three sides and is a very walkable neighbourhood which we are proud to be a part of. While you are staying in James Bay be sure to check out Beacon Hill Park and Fisherman’s Wharf, some of Victoria’s most popular attractions. You might also consider a walk to James Bay Village, the hub of the James Bay neighbourhood and home to many local shops.
Fairfield & Gonzales
The Fairfield & Gonzales neighbourhood is home to tree-lined streets, many heritage homes and the scenic Gonzales Bay. Located close to downtown, makes it an easy walk to explore all this neighbourhood has to offer. While you’re here, be sure to check out Cook Street Village, a commercial area with a unique vibe and home to many local shops. Be sure to stop by Ross Bay Cemetery, the final resting place of Emily Carr. If you happen to be here on a Saturday, a stop by the Moss Street Market is a must!
The Rockland neighbourhood was developed in the 1880’s and consists of many mansions and estates, many of which are Arts & Crafts style homes designed by architect Samuel MacLure. Rockland is home to Craigdarroch Castle and Government House, both are great places to check out while you are visiting Victoria.
This funky neighbourhood is home to many of Victoria’s artists and is well-loved by its residents. At the heart of the neighbourhood is Fernwood Village which is home to the Fernwood Inn, the local waterhole, and Belfry Theatre. Fernwood is home to many unique shops and eateries and definitely warrants a trip to explore this fun area of the city.
Victoria West (Vic West)
This rapidly growing neighbourhood is a great mix of old and new with a mix of modern condominiums and historic hilltop homes. Surrounded by water and adjacent to the town of Esquimalt, this neighbourhood is home to many parks, including Point Ellice Park and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail which connects Vic West with other Victoria communities.
This small neighbourhood is located just to the Northeast of downtown and this diverse area includes historic churches, many popular eateries and unique retail shops. North Park is also home to Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, home to the Victoria Royals and Royal Athletic Park, home to the Victoria Harbour Cats. Both venues are home to some popular Victoria events, including the Christmas Craft Beer Show and Brewery and the Beast.
Hillside Quadra is one of Victoria’s most diverse neighbourhoods with Caribbean, Dutch, Indian, Greek and Filipino food stores located in the centre of this neighbourhood, Quadra Village. Hillside Quadra is also home to the Roxy Theatre, one of Victoria’s best-known independent movie theatres.
Did you know that Canada’s Pacific Naval Base is located in our neighbourhood? CFB Esquimalt is the second largest military base in Canada and is also home to the Naval Base Fleet School where military members from across Canada come to learn things such as underwater rescue. While exploring Esquimalt, be sure to check out the CFB Esquimalt Military &Naval Museum. There is also lots to explore outdoors in Esquimalt, take a stroll to Saxe Point, with its spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca or maybe check out the Westsong Walkway and take in the hustle and bustle of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. We suggest stopping by Boom & Batten for bite to eat!
This established neighbourhood is a short 10-minute drive from downtown and is definitely worth adding to your list! While here, be sure to get some shopping in at either Estevan Village or Oak Bay Village. If your lucky, you’ll be in town during one of the Summer Night Markets where you will find lots of great things to eat & purchase. Oak Bay is also home to many outdoor adventures, here you will find Willows Beach or for the more adventurous, maybe rent a kayak from Ocean River Sports. You must be feeling hungry by now? Oak Bay has many great restaurants and cafés to choose from!