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Victoria, North Saanich and Oak Bay, are other places in the area which are also worth touring.
Vacationers in Government Street, interested in finding out what makes the area tick, should head to the nearby museums and theaters. Spend a quiet afternoon browsing the exhibits at Open Space, the Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum and Miniature World. For a great night out, pick up some tickets to the Belfry Theatre, the McPherson Playhouse and the Victoria Royal Theatre, one of the region’s best-loved performing arts venues. Often talked about galleries, include the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
There are several highlights for children too, for example the Pacific Undersea Gardens, the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre and the Victoria Fisherman's Wharf. Bring the family to a visit to the Victoria Bug Zoo, and learn about some unique wildlife.
When it’s time to take a break from the noisy streets of Victoria, head to the nearby green spaces. Families enjoy destinations such as the Holland Point Park, Topaz Park and the Fisherman's Wharf Park. There is a relaxed atmosphere here and well-tended garden beds and trees. The natural parks such as the Beacon Hill Park, allow visitors to see the animals and plants that exist in the area.
Visitors to the Government Street area should not miss out on Pioneer Square, Craigdarroch Castle and the St. Ann's Academy. Take the time to visit places of worship such as the Christ Church Cathedral. Relax in the calm atmosphere and get a deeper understanding of the role of religion in the area.
Spend a few hours at Market Square, the MayFair Shopping Centre and Bay Centre to scratch that shopping itch.
Sports fans vacationing in Government Street should get tickets for nearby Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre to see the Victoria Royals doing battle with visiting teams. On weekends the stadium is filled with royal blue, silver, white and black, as crowds flock together to cheer on their beloved team.
At the end of a day exploring the delights of Government Street, relax for the night at one of the area’s bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. The Hotel Grand Pacific, the Huntingdon Manor and the Parkside Hotel & Spa are among the best places to stay while you are enjoying this special area.
Located in downtown Victoria, this hotel is 2 blocks from the Inner Harbour, and right across from The Bay Centre. Guests can enjoy a whale watching tour nearby.
This hotel overlooks the Inner Harbour, within steps of shop-lined Government Street and the copper-domed Parliament Buildings, and three blocks from the Maritime Museum.
Located in James Bay, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Helmcken House and British Columbia Parliament Building. Emily Carr House and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emily Carr House and British Columbia Parliament Building. Helmcken House and Royal BC Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Downtown Victoria, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Miniature World and British Columbia Parliament Building. Greater Victoria Visitors & Convention Bureau and Victoria Bug Zoo are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Downtown Victoria, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chinatown and British Columbia Parliament Building. Market Square and Pacific Rim College are also within 10 minutes.