Shopping in Victoria and Vancouver Island


Victoria and Vancouver Island Shopping

Shopping in Victoria is easy: virtually everything is in the downtown area on or near Government Street stretching north from the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

In Victoria, as in the rest of B.C., the most popular souvenirs are First Nations arts and crafts, which you can pick up at shops, galleries, street markets, and—in some cases—directly from artists' studios. Look for silver jewelry and cedar boxes carved with traditional images and, especially around Duncan, the thick hand-knit sweaters made by the Cowichan people. B.C. wines, from shops in Victoria or directly from the wineries, make good souvenirs, as most are unavailable outside the province.

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