Spas and Shopping

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From day spas to weekend spa escapes, you have many choices.

Many of our downtown hotels have excellent spa facilities including the world class Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress. From hot stones to herbal wraps and beauty treatments to fine spa products – becoming restored and relaxed is no problem in Victoria.


The shopping scene starts just outside the VCC doors and is a reflection of the City itself — a blend of sophistication and heritage, major brands and boutiques both local and international.  All around us downtown are fashion retailers, malls, art galleries, antique shops, chocolatiers and bookstores.  Below are some specific areas delegates may want to explore. Check out our VIP Program for exclusive discounts and offers.

Antique Row

Kitchenware, furniture, knickknacks, fine art — there are a lot of treasures to be found on Antique Row either in the auction houses or the independent stores. Start at the intersection of Blanshard and Fort Streets and walk for several blocks east to Cook Street.

Bastion Square

A lively area full of historic charm, restaurants and pubs and the Maritime Museum of BC.  The open-air market in the summer brings a wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts and entertainment.


This colourful, compact area in downtown Victoria is Canada’s oldest Chinatown.  Rich in history, the streets hold a mix of curio shops, home furnishings, coffee shops, art and, of course, authentic dining.  The stunning Gate of Harmonious Interest marks the entrance.

Design District

The Design District embraces the city blocks of Chatham, Herald, Fisgard and Pandora just below Government Street. The area offers a unique collection of furniture, luxurious fabrics, hand-knotted rugs, vivid lighting, eclectic artwork and an abundance of home décor accessory shops.

Fan Tan Alley

Part of the labyrinth that is Chinatown includes Fan Tan Alley. In places only five feet wide, this one-of-a-kind shopping haven holds half a dozen unique shops.

Lo Jo (Lower Johnson)

This is a hub for Victoria’s independent fashion stores. Here you’ll find funky trendy boutiques and eco-friendly clothes and products. Lo Jo runs between Government and Store Streets on Johnson Street

Market Square

Local, independent boutiques that offer one-of-a-kind finds, fashion, home décor, locally made jewellery and restaurants, all in heritage brick-and-beam buildings that surround an open air courtyard. Enter off either Johnson Street or Pandora Avenue, between Store and Government Streets.

Trounce Alley

This pedestrian-only lane lies north of View Street between Broad and Government Streets.  You’ll find high-end fashion here, as well as kitchen stores, a restaurant and W&J Wilson Clothiers (at this location since 1862, the same year Victoria was incorporated as a City).