Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, thus home to many of the old & historic buildings some of them along Government Street. No wonder, some of the old structures here are subject of ghost hunting (that is, if you believe the stories).
This is Victoria’s main shopping street featuring tea stores, souvenir shops, ice cream stores, street musicians and one great book store, Munro’s.
Streets were packed with big label wearing cruise passengers quickly shopping for schlock like Canada mugs, T- shirts, moose dolls and the like. WE did find very few nice specialty shops and there is a nice Hudson's Bay department store. Locals were friendly. Loads of tourist attractions including London bus sightseeing, whale watching, water taxis, etc.
If you like to shop or eat, this is the main drag. People everywhere, especially when the cruise ships are in Port. Restaurants are nice, but very noisy.
Lots of great little trinket and specialty item shops, plus some fabulous pubs and restaurants with outdoor patio areas. Look for Dark Vader playing a violin...a summer staple on Government street.