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Lower Johnson

Shop at independent boutique stores, enjoy free live music and dance performances and see historical buildings at this popular downtown Victoria street.

At Lower Johnson you can shop until you drop at fashion and cosmetic shops. Those who are into  historical architecture will love looking at the facades of the heritage buildings. Free cultural events are great for everyone looking for some entertainment. 

Known locally as LoJo, Lower Johnson is one of Victoria’s darlings when it comes to shopping. The area was originally the home of hotels and illegal opium factories that supported immigrant life during British Columbia’s gold rush in the 1850s.

Take a walk along the street to admire the Victorian-era buildings painted different colors. Photographers will enjoy taking photos of the blue-and-yellow W.C. Cameron building, which dates to 1888. Also look for the Victoria Box and Paper Building, which remains part of Oriental Alley. The alley was one of Victoria’s historic secret passageways. Don’t miss Willie’s Bakery: Established in 1887, it is the oldest bakery in British Columbia. 

A major feature of Lower Johnson is Market Square. Come here to find trendy clothing and home decor stores, cafés and restaurants. Set around a courtyard, the businesses occupy the buildings of 19th-century shipping offices, depositories and saloons. Enjoy free cultural events at the square, such as live music, dance performances and art exhibitions. Children will appreciate the handicraft and painting activities of the Fringe Kids Festival, which takes place each August. Find more event details on the Market Square official website.

Combine a visit to Lower Johnson with a visit to Bastion Square with its street performers. You’ll find more fashion and accessory stores on nearby Trounce Alley. Also explore Chinatown Victoria, north of Market Square. This is one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America and is home to old teahouses, cosy shops, Asian restaurants and fortune tellers in near-hidden alleyways.

Lower Johnson runs between Wharf Street and Government Street in downtown Victoria and is just a short walk from the Inner Harbour. Pay-and-display street parking is available along Johnson Street and public buses stop nearby.


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Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites $117
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.

    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites $131
    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

    Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

    1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Victoria Conference Centre and Royal BC Museum are also within 15 minutes.

      The Magnolia Hotel and Spa $147
      The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

      The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

      623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour are also within 10 minutes.

        Hotel Rialto $102
        Hotel Rialto

        Hotel Rialto

        653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hotel Grand Pacific $141
          Hotel Grand Pacific

          Hotel Grand Pacific

          463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

            Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel $94
            Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

            Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

            642 Johnson St, Victoria, BC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The McPherson Playhouse, Market Square, and Chinatown. Victoria Conference Centre and Royal BC Museum are also within 15 minutes.

              Royal Scot Hotel & Suites $91
              Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

              Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

              425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Conference Centre are also within 10 minutes.

                Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort $132
                Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

                Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

                100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Victoria, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Rim College, Market Square, and Bastion Square. Chinatown is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.