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Where to Park in our Downtown

Last week’s, The complexities of transportation editorial launched what the DVBA is currently partnered and working on. The initial 28 action items have now grown to 31 and we are working diligently to bring some or all of the ideas to fruition. 

Part one was to produce an interactive map of every possible parking lot/structure and on-street parking space in the Downtown core that we will continue to update. Some of these facilities are privately owned and some are city owned. We have broken them up by parking type and added whether they are monthly, hourly, weekly.

The complexities of transportation

Transportation is a complex and complicated issue in any urban centre. Add in construction demands, increased shopping, increased densification and a city that is growing from a smaller city to a larger Capital City and you have a difficult situation to navigate.

Downtown Events - Nov 11, 2016

Here's your look at what is happening in Downtown Victoria on Friday, November 11, 2016.


Remembrance Day Ceremony
10am - 1pm | BC Legislature

The parade assembles on Wharf Street and marches to the Legislature Grounds with the ceremony to start at approximately 10:45am.


A day in the life of the Victoria Fringe Guest Producer

By Katt Campbell

My workday begins with a bike ride to the office in the morning. It’s usually sunny, and I like the feeling of biking mixed with the excited anticipation of unopened emails in my inbox. Normally having a bursting-at-the-seams inbox would be stressful, but for me it means correspondence from Fringe artists, staff, volunteers, and patrons – the people who make our work possible.

A camping we will go

With the August long weekend quickly approaching, you may be planning a camping trip or a hike, and may need a few last minute supplies to get you through your trip. Did you know there are seven stores in Downtown Victoria where you can get equipped for your trip? 

We thought it would be fun to ask them a few questions about things you should know before you go! You will find a complete list of stores to find camping supplies and a map at the bottom of this post. If you are heading off, have fun!




Ice Cream in Downtown Victoria

July is National Ice Cream Month! Whether you like soft serve, gelato, small batch or traditional hard ice-cream, Downtown Victoria has 18 locations where you can grab a cone and take your hat off to Ice Cream to celebrate!

We've put together a summary of what you'll find at each location and even included a map at the end for you to explore downtown Victoria through ice cream! ENJOY!


Fabulous Fort Street Spring Scrub Up

Since 2014, the 700-block of Fort Street has seen some extra love with the Fabulous Fort Street Spring Scrub Up. Inspired by a former city councillor, Helen Hughes who ran a downtown scrub-up when she was in office, Teri Hustins, owner of Oscar & Libbys thought it was time to bring it back, this time to her block.

Cleaning up the small things

Every week, the DVBA’s Clean Team members clean out 20-25 cigarette butt containers located throughout downtown Victoria. What initially started as a pilot project with Surfrider Vancouver Island and the City of Victoria almost two years ago, has become just another part of the job for the DVBA's Clean Team. 

Downtown Victoria Takes Up the Challenge

On Sunday June 12, you’re going to see a whole new side of downtown Victoria – and Victorians. The UrbaCity Challenge is a unique urban adventure race that pits team against team in Victoria’s beautiful city centre. Hundreds of racers will run amok in downtown Victoria, completing wild and amazing Challenge Stations – all as part of UrbaCity.

Baggins Shoes: The largest selection of Converse & Vans sneakers in the world!

Baggins Shoes, owned by Glen Lynch and business partner Brydie Griffin and located on Lower Johnson Street, offers about 700 styles of Converse and 300 styles of Vans to sneaker aficionados all over the world.


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