The city of Victoria is a capital of British Columbia
and, as such, hosts BC's legislative assembly in an impressive set of
Parliament Buildings, located next to an equally impressive Empress
Hotel. Nearby is a 6-7 blocks-long pedestrian zone of Government Street,
Royal BC Museum, as well as Victoria Harbour, where one can find a
seaplane base and several boat tour companies, including whale watching
Named after the British queen Victoria, the city of
Victoria does have a bit of a European feel with many European-style
buildings. Moreover, it seems to have more personality than downtown
Vancouver, which is overrun by enormous glass towers. Victoria also does
not appear nearly as crowded, owing to a much smaller population than
On the downside, downtown Victoria, just like its
Vancouver counterpart, has its share of destitute homeless and/or drug
addicted people. It sure was a sad sight to see a fairly young man
passed out on a sidewalk in the middle of the day.
1. Here is a Google Maps location of downtown Victoria,
2. We start with St. Andrew's Catholic Cathedral located
on the corner of Blanshard Street and View Street.
St. Andrew's Cathedral Victoria BC Canada
3. It's a fine-looking cathedral indeed.
St. Andrew's Cathedral - Victoria British Columbia
4. Ten Commandments on display by the cathedral.
5. Memorial stones for prominent people buried at this
Tombstones at Victoria's St. Andrew's Cathedral
6. An interesting mural on Fisgard Street just off
Victoria BC Mural
7. Now on Douglas Street, approaching Chatham Street.
Douglas Street at Chatham Street Victoria BC Canada
8. Reflections. Douglas Street at Herald Street in
downtown Victoria, BC.
Building in Victoria BC
9. Douglas Street at Fisgard Street.
Victoria BC Douglas Street at Fisgard Street
10. Victoria has numerous double-decker transit buses.
Double-decker Transit Bus Victoria BC Canada
11. Still on Douglas Street, between Pandora Street and
Victoria BC Douglas Street between Pandora Street and
12. We then proceeded to the most interesting area of
downtown Victoria (by the harbour) and found this dolphin on the corner
of Government Street and Humboldt Street.
Government Street at Humboldt Street Victoria British
13. The Empress Hotel to the right of the dolphin, and
across from Victoria Harbour.
Victoria's Empress Hotel
14. We are now across from The Empress, with Victoria
Visitor Centre's tower straight ahead, and the harbour to our left. The
dolphin is in the far right corner somewhere (that general direction).
Victoria BC Canada
15. Looking more to the left is Victoria Harbour, with
its vast parking lot, and seaplane airport in the middle.
Victoria BC Harbour
16. Near the Visitor Centre, just down Wharf Street, is
this "The Homecoming" statue celebrating 100th anniversary of the
The Homecoming Statue Victoria BC Canada
17. And just to the right of the Visitor's Centre and to
the left of the dolphin is the pedestrian-only part of Government
Street, which runs for 6-7 blocks, and is full of shops and eateries.
Cars still cross the pedestrian-only part, so beware of vehicles.
Pedestrian Street Victoria BC - Government Street
18. At the beginning (which is an intersection of
Government and Humboldt Streets) is this fine-looking building.
Victoria British Columbia - Government Street at
19. Downtown Victoria's Government Street between
Broughton and Fort Streets.
Government Street Victoria BC Canada
20. Government Street at Fort Street - Downtown Victoria
BC pedestrian-only area.
Government Street at Fort Street - Victoria British
21. Hudson's Bay building on the corner of Government and
Victoria BC - Hudson's Bay Building - corner of
Government Street and Fort Street
22. One block later, at View Street, looking left at
first, where Bastion Square is located.
Bastion Square Government Street Victoria BC Canada
23. Now looking right.
View Street Victoria British Columbia
24. Victoria Chinatown gate is located on Fisgard Street,
just before Government Street.
Victoria BC Chinatown Gate
25. And this fine piece is near the corner of Government
and Pandora Streets, next to Victoria City Hall.
Victoria - British Columbia - Canada
26. We have returned to Bastion Square on the corner of
Government and View.
Victoria Bastion Square - British Columbia Canada
27. After that, proceeded down Bastion Square for several
hundred meters to Victoria Harbour.
Victoria Harbour Parking Lot
28. A fine-looking wall by the harbour parking lot.
29. Then, headed back towards the Visitor Centre /
The Empress Hotel along the harbour, and found this interesting pink building.
Victoria British Columbia Canada
30-31. Looking right, this is Victoria Harbour Airport,
with maintenance being conducted on one of the planes.
Victoria Harbour Airport
Harbour Air Seaplane in Victoria BC
32. Immediately to the left is the airport building.
Victoria Harbour Airport Building
33. Moving further along the harbour, here is The Empress
The Empress Hotel Victoria BC
34. A fine water reflection.
Victoria BC - The Empress Hotel
35. The last but not the least, the place where we send
our provincial MLAs to take care of business, British Columbia
Parliament Buildings complex.
British Columbia Parliament Buildings Complex
Here is our video of the views from this
And here is our video of
driving around downtown Victoria BC: