Great downtown, great neighbourhood.
What Our Neighbourhood Looks Like
Victoria’s Downtown is the most rapidly growing neighbourhood in the city. New residents of all ages are attracted to the area’s rich historic character and its vibrant waterfront. The downtown has a thriving arts, culture and entertainment district combined with an impressive variety of dining and shopping choices, all within easy walking distance. The Royal BC Museum and Chinatown (Canada’s oldest) are perennial attractions for visitors and Victoria residents. The neighbourhood also hosts celebrated landmarks like the Empress Hotel, provincial Parliament Buildings and the Royal and McPherson Theatres.
The Downtown neighbourhood has green space along the waterfront, which includes Reeson Park near the Johnson Street Bridge. Cridge Park is located to the south, next to the downtown Lawn Bowling Club and renowned Crystal Garden and near the entrance to Beacon Hill Park. Centennial Square, situated next to Victoria’s historic City Hall, is the downtown’s primary venue for events.
- Chinese Public School (Chinese language and cultural classes for children and adults)
- Victoria Conservatory of Music
- Victoria Academy of Ballet
- Victoria School of Contemporary Dance
- Pacific Design Academy
- Over 15 English language schools
Gardens and Markets
- The Yates Street Community Garden is operated by the Downtown Residents Association
- Bastion Square Public Market runs Thursdays to Sundays between May and end of September
- Ship Point Night Market operates Friday and Saturday evenings from mid June to mid September