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“empress hotel”(687 reviews)
This scenic patch of waterfront is the location of Victoria's many tourist attractions, recreational activities, restaurants and shopping. For a special treat, have afternoon tea at the grand Empress Hotel or board a ferry for a harbor tour.
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
James Bay
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Reviewed yesterday

We stayed in Victoria for 4 days in Sept. 2019. The weather was beautiful, nice mild high teens to low 20's (deg.C) The people were friendly and helpful. The Harbour is Beautiful. Great area to just walk, and easy to organize short excursions and tours....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bryanh2345
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Downtown is original and not to be missed.Cute pubs and loads on independent stores like Munro's books.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kindle D
Reviewed 2 days ago

I stay at the Marriott so when I step out the door everything I want to do is within steps. There is always something going on - Labor Day Weekend there is a ship festival and a blues festival. Plus interesting shops and nice restaurants...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank OkobojiChick
Reviewed 2 days ago

A really good place for exploring and eating both during the day and in the evening. There are excellent facilities in the harbour area, and also a very good Toursit information office where staff are polite and helpful in providing information, advice leaflets and maps.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Alan C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place for a night walk and see the city/harbour at night really good reflection on the water for selfies, right close to all the pubs and food places

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 587chardc
Reviewed 5 days ago

The centre of downtown, but very safe and not too crowded even on the warm sunny day we were there.The lights on the harbour buildings make a night time visit essential viewing after a few drinks or meal in the many nearby restaurants, west of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank NavidS269
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a nice location and looks even better when all lit up at night. The Parliament building is well lit and the scene generally is very attractive. Once you leave the inner harbour and venture further into town be prepared for a few honeless...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank John Edmund B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I have lived here for over forty years both relocated from elsewhere. We live downtown now and we are always in awe every time we walk out our condo. The inner is truly a gem we have come to realize after much...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank happy c
Reviewed 1 week ago

An absolutely beautiful, must see place to visit. The setting is spectacular! Flowers, boats, ferries, lights, music, horse drawn carriages! Amazing place!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank karendf2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

walked the inner harbour again. took pictures but they never do the view justice. always changing but always beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Ron B
8 September 2018|
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Response from Francina D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I do not know. Victoria harbour tourist info would know.
Ivo V
27 July 2018|
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Response from Jason B | Reviewed this property |
Looks like you got your answer. Oak Bay hosts a market once a month on Wednesday evenings and Sidney hosts one also on Thursdays which can be googled also. Not related to your question but I wanted to share
Beth G
29 August 2016|
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Response from 8DaveS8 | Reviewed this property |
inspiredwireart I found her. She is Karen Allan