Downtown Victoria Tour & Sightseeing Guide

Our Downtown Victoria Tour & Sightseeing Guide is intended as a reference for people walking or biking around downtown Victoria.

This is the Index page to our Downtown Victoria Tour & Sightseeing Guide. We have made separate links below to individual streets in Victoria’s downtown core so our readers can explore those streets in more detail. Click on the links to get a more detailed walking tour of each street.

Downtown Victoria streets are listed below in alphabetical order:

Bastion SquareSightseeing Guide

Bastion Square was the original commercial center of Victoria in 19th century.

It has many surviving historic building from that era.

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Bastion Square, entrance from Wharf Street

Bastion Square, entrance from Wharf Street

Belleville StreetSightseeing Guide

Belleville Street is a five block street running east-west along the south side of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Belleville Street contains some of Victoria’s most iconic sights, including the Empress Hotel and the B.C. Provincial Legislature.

At its east end, Belleville Street turns into Blanshard Street.

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The Steamship Terminal, 396-470 Belleville Street, built in 1924 by architects Francis Rattenbury and Percy Leonard James.

The Steamship Terminal, 396-470 Belleville Street, built in 1924 by architects Francis Rattenbury and Percy Leonard James. Seen from Belleville Street.

Blanshard StreetSightseeing Guide

Blanshard Street is one one of the main arterial streets in downtown Victoria. It runs north-south from Belleville Street in the south through downtown Victoria before continuing north and becoming Highway 17 running to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

Blanshard Street has several noteworthy historic building, interesting shopping and several good restaurants.

The adjacent photo shows the Temple Emanu-El, the oldest building on Blanshard Street, built in 1863, at 1461 Blanshard Street, at the corner of Blanshard Street and Pandora Avenue.

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The Congregation Emanu-el, 1461 Blanshard Street. Dedicated in 1863, it is the oldest synagogue in western Canada

The Congregation Emanu-el, 1461 Blanshard Street. Dedicated in 1863, it is the oldest synagogue in western Canada

Broughton StreetSightseeing Guide

Broughton Street runs east-west between Wharf Street on the west and Quadra Street on the east.

It has several historic buildings, including the Royal Theatre, built in 1913, at the corner of Broughton Street and Blanshard Street. It also has a number of interesting shops and some good restaurants.

The adjacent photo shows the Royal Theatre, built in 1913, at 805 Broughton Street at Blanshard Street.

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Courtney StreetSightseeing Guide

Courtney Street runs east-west between the Inner Harbour waterfront on the west to Quadra Street on the east.

It features a number of historic buildings, along with shops, hotels and restaurants.

The adjacent photo shows Christ Church Cathedral, at the intersection of Courtney Street and Quadra Street.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra Street at Courtney Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Douglas StreetSightseeing Guide

Douglas Street is one of the main streets in downtown Victoria. It starts at Mile Zero on the Beacon Hill Park waterfront and runs south-north through downtown Victoria before continuing north through Victoria into the neighbouring Municipality of Saanich.

Douglas Street has many historic buildings, along with many shops and restaurants.

The adjacent photo shows Victoria City Hall at the corner of Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue.

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Victoria City Hall, Douglas Street at Pandora Avenue (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Fisgard Street – Sightseeing Guide

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Fisgard Street is the main street of Victoria’s historic Chinatown. It runs east-west from Store Street on the west to Quadra Street on the east, after which it continues to Cook Street as Balmoral Avenue.

The adjacent photo shows the Gate of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard Street at Government Street.

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the Gate of Harmonious Interest, Fisgard Street at Government Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Fort StreetSightseeing Guide

Fort Street is a one way street running west to east between Wharf Street on the west and Foul Bay Road on the east.

It is named for the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Victoria, where Fort Street originally started.

It is one of downtown Victoria’s major arterial streets.

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The Southgate-Laschelles Building, 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street, built circa 1869 for J.J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles

The Southgate-Laschelles Building, 1102 Government Street/530 Fort Street, built circa 1869 for J.J. Southgate and H.D. Laschelles

Government StreetSightseeing Guide

Government Street is one of Victoria’s main streets. It runs north-south from the Dallas Road waterfront in the south, all the way through downtown Victoria to its termination at Hillside Avenue in the north.

Government Street contains many historic buildings and has many interesting stores and good restaurants.

The adjacent photo shows Rogers Chocolates, a National Historic Site of Canada, which operates at 913 Government Street in a store built by architect Thomas Hooper in 1903.

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909, 911 and 913 Government Street, designed by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins. Built in 1903.

909, 911 and 913 Government Street, designed by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins. Built in 1903.

Herald StreetSightseeing Guide

Herald Street is one of the historic streets of Victoria’s Chinatown. It runs east-west from Blanshard Street on the east to the Inner Harbour waterfront on the west.

The adjacent photo shows the Hook Sin Tong Charity, 658-666 Herald Street, between Douglas Street and Government Street.

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the Hook Sin Tong Charity building 658-666 Herald Street in downtown Victoria (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Johnson StreetSightseeing Guide

Johnson Street runs east-west between Wharf Street on the west and Cook Street on the east.

It is one of Victoria’s historic streets, containing many significant heritage buildings.

The building in the adjacent photo is 550-554 Johnson Street.

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550-554 Johnson Street, built in 1893 for the B.C. Land & Investment Company

550-554 Johnson Street, built in 1893 for the B.C. Land & Investment Company

Langley Street

Langley Street runs three north to south between Yates Street on the north and Broughton Street on the south, passing through Bastion Square.

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69 Bastion Square, built in 1885 as the law office of Theodore Davie, who became Premier of B.C. 1892-1895.

69 Bastion Square, built in 1885 as the law office of Theodore Davie, who became Premier of B.C. 1892-1895.

Pandora Avenue – Sightseeing Guide

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Pandora Avenue runs east-west from Store Street in the west, through downtown Victoria to its intersection with Begbie Street in the east.

The adjacent photo shows the Victoria Conservatory of Music, originally the Metropolitan Methodist Church, 907 Pandora Avenue at Quadra Street,

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Alix Goolden Performance hall, originally the Metropolitan Methodist Church. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Quadra StreetSightseeing Guide

Quadra Street runs north-south from Beacon Hill Park in the south, through downtown Victoria before continuing north into the neighbouring Municipality of Saanich.

The adjacent photo shows Christ Church Cathedral on Quadra Street at Courtney Street.

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Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Street, Victoria, B.C.

Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra Street elevation, Victoria, B.C.

Store StreetSightseeing Guide

Store Street runs north-south from Pembroke Street at the north end to the 500 block of Johnson Street on the south. At Johnson Street, Store Street continues south as Wharf Street.

Store Street has several historic buildings along with good shopping and restaurants. It also runs through Victoria’s Chinatown at Fisgard Street and Herald Street.

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Swan's Hotel, at the intersection of Store Street and Pandora Avenue. (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Vancouver StreetSightseeing Guide

Vancouver Street is a two way street running north-south through downtown Victoria.

Vancouver Street contains a mixture of residential and commercial areas.

The adjacent photo shows 737 Vancouver Street, one of several surviving houses on Vancouver Street built by architect John Teague in 1892.

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737 Vancouver Street, designed and built in 1892 by architect John Teague (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

737 Vancouver Street, designed and built in 1892 by architect John Teague (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Wharf StreetSightseeing Guide

Wharf Street runs north-south between Johnson Street to the north and Government Street at the south. It is one of Victoria’s oldest commercial streets and still contains several significant historic commercial buildings from the 1860’s.

Apart from its historical interest, Wharf Street also has many interesting stores and restaurants.

The adjacent photo shows the Customs House, built in 1876, at the intersection of Wharf Street and Broughton Street.

At Johnson Street, Wharf Street continues north as Store Street.

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The Customs House, built in 1876, at the corner of Wharf Street and Broughton Street (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Yates StreetSightseeing Guide

Yates Street is one of Victoria’s historic streets. It runs east-west from Wharf Street in the west through downtown Victoria until it intersects with Fort Street on the east.

Yates Street has many historic buildings along with many shops, restaurants and other businesses.

The adjacent photo shows the former Carnegie Library, built by architect Thomas Hooper in 1904 and still standing at 794 Yates Street at the corner of Blanshard Street.

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The former Carnegie Library, now the Carnegie Building, at 794 Yates Street. Built in 1904 by architect Thomas Hooper (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

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