Downtown Victoria Tour
Broad Street Sightseeing Guide
Broad Street runs north – south from Broughton Street in the south to Pandora Avenue at Victoria City Hall in the north.
It is interrupted between Fort Street and View Street by The Bay Centre.
1005-1009 Broad Street – 636 Broughton Street
This building at 1005-1009 Broad Street and 636 Broughton Street – at the corner of Broad Street and Broughton Street – was built in 1884 by architect Thomas Trounce for John Weiler, who used it as a warehouse, showroom and manufacturing facility for his furniture business.
This building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1994.
1011 Broad Street / 655-671 Fort Street – Fell Building
The Fell Building was built in 1879 for James Fell.
620 View Street – Central Building
The Central Building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
631-635 Yates Street
630 Yates Street – Legacy Art Gallery
630 Yates Street was built in 1950 by architect William F. Gardiner (1884-1951) for the Bank of Toronto, which used it as its main downtown Victoria branch office. The Bank of Toronto logo is still visible above the main door.
This building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 2008.
This building is currently the Legacy Art Gallery, operated by the University of Victoria, which uses the building as an art gallery as well as renting it out for special events.
632 Yates Street
1305-1311 Broad Street – Robinson’s Outdoor Store
This Heritage Registry building was built in 1909 by architect David C. Frame for the Victoria Creamery Company.
Since 1948 it has been occupied by Robinson’s Outdoor Store.
1314-1322 Broad Street – Duck’s Building
The Duck’s Building was built in 1892 by architect William Tuff Whiteway for Simeon Duck (1843-1905) who used the main floor for his carriage making business while renting out space on the upper floors. This building is on City of Victoria Heritage Register and is an excellent example of a late 19th century downtown Victoria commercial building.
The Duck’s Building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1995.
1330 Broad Street / 615-625 Johnson Street
This building at 615-625 Johnson Street and 1330 Broad Street was originally built in 1874 by Simeon Duck as the Canada Hotel.
This building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 2005.
642 Johnson Street – Carlton Plaza Hotel
642 Johnson Street, at the intersection of Broad Street and Johnson Street, is now the Carlton Plaza Hotel.
It was originally built in 1912 as the St. James Hotel by architects Emanuel J. Breseman and M. Eugene Durfee for Charles Hayward, a former Mayor of Victoria.
1400-1402 Broad Street / 618-624 Broad Street
This commercial building at 618-624 Johnson Street and 1400-1402 Broad Street was built in 1909 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins for Lee Cheong, Lee Woy and Lee Yan Yow, three prominent real estate investors from Victoria’s Chinese community.
The main occupant is Island Collateral & Sales, Victoria’s oldest pawnshop, which has been in this building since 1970.
This building was built in 1906 by John Meston for his carriage repair and blacksmithing business. John Meston’s Carriage Factory had been on this site since 1889 and this building replaced an earlier structure used by Meston’s Carriage Factory.
The building is now used for parking. It is listed on the City of Victoria Heritage Register.
1408-1410 Broad Street was built in 1910 by architect William Ridgway Wilson.
It is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1909 by John Meston, who also owned the adjacent building at 1407-1411 Broad Street.
1420 Broad Street – CIVI
This building at 1420 Broad Street was built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury as an office and warehouse for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company.
It is currently a broadcasting facility owned by Rogers Communications, which houses Victoria’s CTV affiliate, CIVI, and radio stations KOOL-FM (107.3 FM) and C-FAX 1070 (1070 AM).
The building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
Broad Street terminates to the north at Pandora Avenue facing the Victoria City Hall Annex.
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