Downtown Victoria has gone from business boring to exciting entrepreneurism. The rapid growth in condominium and rental housing development has added over 2,000 residences downtown since 2018.
To accommodate a growing population, downtown is densifying rapidly as developers, buoyed by low interest rates and a robust economy, are reimagining everything from downtrodden heritage buildings to entire city blocks. We are on track to add over 10,000 residents by 2030.
New dedicated bike lanes on Fort Street, Vancouver Street, Pandora Ave, and Wharf Street have interconnected downtown with nearby suburbs of Fairfield, Fernwood, and James Bay. Residents of downtown are accustomed to biking or walking to work or for leisure, leaving the car behind.
Then there is the thriving local breakfast business scene that rules Victoria’s restaurant realm — and has earned the city the title of Brunch Capital of Canada. Take a walk almost any morning and you’ll find a hungry horde queuing up outside Victoria’s Jam Café, Blue Fox, Agrius, Mole, Shine, and countless others.
At night, the city offers a wide variety of cuisines, bars, and events. Residents enjoy frequenting a variety of food offering – resulting in Victoria having the highest restaurants per capita in the country.