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“Shopping fun zone”
Review of Government Street

Government Street
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$41.83*
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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour
Ranked #20 of 200 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Busy street lined with some of Victoria's biggest tourist attractions.
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We have been done Government several times and enjoy the shops, and the walk. It's a neatly congested area of stores, food stops, candy stores, restaurants. It may not be much different than any other shopping area but it is very much safe for kids and seniors, and has a variety that is worth the time. If you only have a day or two coming into downtown Victoria then this is where you need to shop. Many side streets, such as Fort Street, have many neat one off shops that may or may not be around in a year but offer some unique varieties.

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Reviewed March 31, 2014

Government street could be fantastic if they closed it to traffic in the summer and got rid of the really tacky tourist shop and brought in some descent shopping.

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

There was a lot of road work being done at the time of our visit. however, traffic was moving fairly easily and there weren't too many delays.

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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Government Street (between the Empress and Yates) is a tacky eysore marked with overpriced touristy junk merchants. The ubiquitous "Victoria Canada" t-shirts mass-produced, accompanied by little bottles of maple syrup and stuffed bears. Skip this tiresome vanilla two block insult to retail, and instead visit the charming shops of "LoJo" and down through Bastion Square. Chinatown offers more culture and unique fare, as does the antique zone of upper Fort. The lower section of Yates also has improved dramatically with unique boutiqe style shops far exceeding the tourist traps on Government. Don't follow the cruise ship lemmings and instead explore a few blocks North. You won't regret it.

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Nice place to find restaurants, souvenir shops, and other cute local businesses to peruse. Also, there are plenty of bus stops that lead elsewhere in town, so it's kind of a central location for everything.

Thank Rose B
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