Within downtown Victoria, there are many distinct groups and areas worthy of particular mention.

The businesses that make up these areas work together to make their area more vibrant. To help businesses add vibrancy to their precincts, we offer grants and support to organized districts through the DVBA Precinct Program. To date, four groups of businesses have created active districts, also known as precincts, by taking advantage of the DVBA marketing and event grant program


Johnson Street

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Johnson Street includes one of the highest concentrations of independent boutiques in Canada, several world-class hair salons, and specialty shops, all situated amongst the colourful façade of impeccably maintained heritage buildings.

The street’s history dates back to the founding of Victoria, and includes Market Square, a unique open-air downtown shopping centre.

Lower Johnson Street, extending west from Broad Street down to Wharf Street, is the epicentre of fashion in Victoria and definitely the place to go for those who want to indulge their unique style and stand out from the crowd!

Fabulous Fort

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Fort Street is a centre of business and living in downtown Victoria. Home to fantastic ethnic restaurants, local independent stores, and some of the best professionals in Victoria, it is where locals go to satisfy specialized tastes. Come out and see what Fabulous Fort has to offer you. To find out more about Fabulous Fort, visit https://www.facebook.com/FabulousFort.

Bastion Square

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Bastion Square is lively, historic gathering area overlooking the beautiful Inner Harbour. Populated by restaurants, cafes, and pubs, the square is a hub of activity year round. In the summer months, its many outdoor patios, a seasonal artisan market and the public market make it a great place to discover the unique character of Victoria. Find out more about Bastion Square at www.BastionSquare.ca.

Government Street

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The Heart and Soul of Victoria

Government Street is arguably one of the most recognizable streets in Victoria and is definitely one of the most charming. The historical architecture, tree-lined sidewalks, and world-renowned stores bring visitors from all over the world. Whether you are looking for gourmet chocolate, a trendy cafe, or an authentic pub experience, you’ll be impressed by the best-of-the-best on Government Street.