Victoria

In Victoria, as in the rest of British Columbia, 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 (in the Cowichan Valley), the thick hand-knit sweaters made by the Cowichan people. BC wines, from shops in Victoria or directly from the wineries, make good souvenirs, as most are unavailable outside the province. Shopping in Victoria is easy: virtually everything is in the Downtown area on or near Government Street stretching north from the Fairmont Empress hotel.

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  • 1. Antique Row

    Downtown

    Fort Street between Blanshard and Cook streets was once the place for antiques, curios, and collectibles. The "Antique Row" street signs are still up but...Read More

  • 2. Artina's

    Downtown

    Canadian-made jewelry—all handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces—fills the display cases at this unique jewelry shop....Read More

  • 3. Bastion Square Public Market

    Downtown

    Crafts vendors and entertainers congregate in this historic square Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from May through September. On Sunday, area farmers join the mix, selling...Read More

  • 4. Bay Centre

    Downtown

    Downtown Victoria's main shopping mall has about 100 boutiques and restaurants....Read More

  • 5. Chinatown

    Downtown

    Exotic fruits and vegetables, children's toys, wicker fans, fabric slippers, and other Chinese imports fill the shops along Fisgard Street. Fan Tan Alley, a narrow...Read More

  • 6. Cook Culture

    Downtown

    A hive of foodie activity, this upscale kitchenware store in the Atrium Building is also a cooking school, offering workshops on topics like knife skills...Read More

  • 7. Cowichan Trading

    Downtown

    First Nations jewelry, art, moccasins, and Cowichan sweaters are the focus at this long-established outlet....Read More

  • 8. Haven Spa

    Spas

    Aesthetics, massages, and facials are the focus at this full-service spa on the Saanich Peninsula. A pretreatment steam room and posttreatment...Read More

  • 9. idar

    Downtown

    This tiny Tudor-framed shop on Fort Street (look for the three brass honeybees in the sidewalk) houses the workshop of one of the few goldsmiths...Read More

  • 10. Irish Linen Stores

    Downtown

    In business since 1917, this tiny shop has kept Victorians in fine linen, lace, and hand-embroidered items for generations....Read More

  • 11. James Bay Community Market

    Downtown

    Organic food, local produce, creative crafts, and live music draw shoppers to this summer Saturday market south of the Inner Harbour. Look for it behind...Read More

  • 12. Lower Johnson Street

    Downtown

    This row of candy-color Victorian-era shopfronts in LoJo (Lower Johnson) is Victoria's hub for independent fashion boutiques. Storefronts—some closet size—are filled with local designers' wares,...Read More

  • 13. Moss Street Market

    Fairfield

    "Make it, bake it, or grow it" is the rule for vendors at this street market, held 10 to 2 on Saturday from May through...Read More

  • 14. Munro's Books

    Downtown

    Move over, Chapters-Indigo: this beautifully restored 1909 former bank now houses one of Canada's best-stocked independent bookstores. Deals abound in the remainders bin....Read More

  • 15. Murchie's

    Downtown

    You can choose from more than 90 varieties of tea to sip here or take home, plus coffees, tarts, and cakes at Victoria's oldest tea...Read More

  • 16. Rogers' Chocolates

    Downtown

    The staff at Rogers' has been making chocolates since 1885, and they're getting pretty good at it. Victoria creams, in 19 different flavors, are a...Read More

  • 17. Ship Point Night Market

    Downtown

    Music, jugglers, local crafts, and food vendors are spotlighted at this night market, held Friday and Saturday evenings in summer on the Inner Harbour....Read More

  • 18. Sidney Thursday Night Market

    More than 150 vendors of food, arts, crafts, and more take over the main street of this town, a 30-minute drive north of Victoria, each...Read More

  • 19. Trounce Alley

    Downtown

    Art Galleries and high-end fashion outlets line this pedestrian-only lane north of View Street squeezed in between Broad and Government streets....Read More

  • 20. Breakwater Market

    Located at Ogden Point close to the cruise-ship terminal, this small, oceanfront farmers' market runs July and August, 11--4, featuring artisan foodie trucks, crafts, and...Read More

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