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Supporting Victoria Business This Christmas

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A decorated Christmas tree at the Fairmont Empress Festival of Trees.As the gift-giving Christmas season comes into full swing, it's time to shop local! Fantasea Charters is a proud supporter of local Victoria businesses, including our scrumptious catering suppliers, Truffles and Cakes Etc.!

There are tons of benefits to shopping local, including the gift of supporting your home community. Shopping at big chain stores usually means up to 80¢ of each dollar you spend leaves town. Shop at a local business, and that money gets recycled back into the Victoria economy, meaning:

  • More local jobs with better wages and benefits
  • Unique businesses can offer a broad range of products
  • Support for diverse services that are tailored to Victoria communities
  • Development of walkable shopping centers that reduce urban sprawl
  • Better tourism as people come from around the world to experience our shopping
  • More love for our city as local business owners live and play here too, and are more likely to support local charities!

So have a look at some of our favourite local business and local business search engines below!

Find A Local Business

Think Local Victoria

Think Local First is a non-profit society directed by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who are all small business owners in Greater Victoria. Their goal is to encourage people to patronize local businesses so we can keep Greater Victoria a vibrant, sustainable community and make it a better place to live!

Shop Victoria's community marketplace enables consumers to buy online for in-store pick-up or delivery, read and write business reviews, purchase online gift certificates, view restaurant menus, find out when businesses are open and how the can be paid, as well as contact business owners via email.

Tourism Victoria

Whether you’re window shopping or out for a marathon shopping spree, Victoria offers everything from quaint shops and local food markets (with over 950 farms nearby), to unique boutiques, local independent retailers and full shopping centres. Browse for handmade gifts, local Aboriginal art or designs by fashion trendsetters.

DVBA - Downtown Victoria

The DVBA mission is to nurture and promote the vitality and vibrancy of downtown Victoria and its business community. Their vision is to be the authority on all things happening in Victoria’s downtown core

The Local City

A complete local web marketing/information/directory/shopping website aimed to promote local businesses in Victoria and Vancouver. They provide digital marketing services to local businesses and help them grow online as well as offline.


Broadmead Gallery & Framing

At Broadmead Gallery & Framing in Victoria, BC, we specialize in correct and conscientious care for art, antiques and innovative media. Our framing work is always tasteful, elegant, and of superlative quality; and we guarantee the work we do for as long as you own it. Doing quality work since 1985, we adhere to the highest standards of picture framing. Your valuable artwork deserves nothing less.

Fired Up! Ceramics

Victoria’s best paint your own pottery studio and Tea bar, offering glass work and canvas painting classes. Come drop in for a relaxing, fun time or register for one of our specialized classes. We have a very Zen space to host parties of all varieties and also accommodate drop-in guests at any time. We host parties for birthdays, stag/Stagettes, gift exchanges, office gatherings, Fundraisers and other events.. Contact us to book a private space in our studio for your special event!

The Gallery in the Oak Bay Village

“The Gallery” is located in the heart of the Oak Bay Village, Victoria, BC. We specialize in Fine Art, Picture Framing, and Art Restoration. Among the artists showing their work, at The Gallery, includes, Kathryn Amisson, Joan Baron, Sid Barron, Andres Bohaker, Robert Genn, Caren Heine, Harry Heine, Jennifer Heine, Mark Heine, Brian Johnson, David Ladmore, Keith Hiscock, Ernest Marza, and many more.

Peninsula Gallery

Peninsula Gallery is a retail art gallery located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, just outside Victoria BC. Open since 1986, our goal is to present quality paintings and sculpture in a warm and welcoming setting.

West End Gallery

Since 1975, the West End Gallery has showcased the works of leading Canadian painters and glass artists. Established by Dan and Lana Hudon in the west end of Edmonton, the gallery has grown to include a location in Victoria.


Brown’s the Florist

We have three beautiful flower shops in Downtown Victoria, BC; in Sidney, BC; and on the Westshore of Victoria, in Langford, BC. We are a team of professional florists who specialize in quality flowers, plants and gift baskets, and we are famous for our great customer service. We carry a large variety of fresh locally grown and imported flowers and plants which arrive in our shops daily. For many years, we have been voted #1 Florist in the Victoria News “Best in the City” readers’ choice survey. We are proud of our rich history, and have recently celebrated our 100th year as part of the Victoria community.

Honeysuckle Cottage Sales

Honeysuckle Cottage Sales produces a line of functional and beautiful home décor items, great for gifts or just to make a person feel good. With an ever-changing line of over 50 contemporary, exclusive fabrics to choose from, our product line makes a statement about you-and your home!

Poppies Floral Art

Our shop offers a large selection of local, seasonal cut flowers, as well as a whole cooler devoted to tropical flowers. We also carry a fabulous selection of tropical plants, orchid plants, air plants, wall planters, and a wonderful assortment of pottery and vases. We make most of our bouquets and arrangements custom to order, so come in and let one of our experienced designers create something special just for you.

Sweet Dreams Boutique

Sweet Dreams Boutique is a lovely shop located in the Historic Counting House in the heart of Downtown Victoria. Their other location is in beautiful Sidney-By-The-Sea. With a full array of bedding and decorating accessories they strive to bring products that are not only beautiful but will help you to sleep well. Outstanding customer service and knowledgeable staff are definitely highlights.

Health & Esthetics

Bristol Town Hair

We are Bristol Town located in Victoria BC. Whether you’re looking for a trim or a transformation, Bristol Town Hair Fashions in Cadboro Bay has the stylist for you. We’ve assembled a team of specialists with a range of talents: from the latest cutting-edge styles, to traditional looks that suit your features and personality, we do it all. Our team of hair-care professionals also includes talented colourists who can help you add a jolt to your look, or restore the natural colour of your younger years.

Coastal Chiropractic

Coastal Chiropractic, in Victoria, BC, offers quality evidence-based care and has been serving the community since 1999. Our aim is to be your partner in your healthcare journey by offering the best care possible. Our belief is that if we have better movement then we have better health.

Core Personal Fitness

Core Personal Fitness is a private personal training studio located in the Quadra Village area of Victoria BC. At Core we believe in providing individual attention, our private environment means during personal training sessions there is a maximum of 2 trainers and 2 clients in the gym and all group fitness has a max of 9 people per class.

designHouse Salon

A sustainable approach to providing hair salon, body relaxation and health services sets designHouse Salon apart from other hair salons in the Victoria area.

Fish Hair Salon

At Fish Hair Salon we believe in creating a positive experience for our guests. We want you to look and feel your best. We view each guest as a gift, and it is our goal to make sure that we create a memorable experience from the very first time that you book your appointment, until the moment you walk out our door.

The Green Kiss

The Green Kiss is your source for curated, effective, and natural beauty products. Our commitment to you as curators and developers of green beauty products is one that we take seriously. This is why we only choose products that are truly the safest and most effective on the market today. A product merely being new or popular is never reason enough to be a new arrival at The Green Kiss. Each addition must prove to be effective, safe, long-wearing, and be ethically manufactured by brands we trust.

IsleShare Cycle

IsleShare Cycle is a Victoria-based company that believes in the west-coast lifestyle and values, and we want to showcase it! As avid outdoor enthusiasts and cyclists, we feel that offering bike share is a great way to promote sustainability and a healthy lifestyle. We provide customized, scalable, cost efficient bike share solutions ranging from basic bike fleet supply to fully automated self-serve systems.

Nezza Naturals

Nezza Naturals is a family-run, eco-friendly company located in beautiful Victoria, B.C. Canada. We create 100% natural body, bath and home care products with as many organic ingredients as possible. Our products are healthy for both your body and the environment.

Sarah Mulligan Glass

Sarah’s body of work is comprised of both blown and fused glass, which both display elements of simple design, attention to detail, and exhibit an affinity of the natural world.

Shelbourne Physiotherapy & Massage

Our team of Victoria & Saanich Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, Acupuncturists, Clinical Pilates Instructors,  Yoga Instructors and Registered Massage Therapists are all highly trained and continually upgrade their skills to stay current with advances in medical research, fitness, exercise & rehabilitation. We have been serving Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay area patients for over 15 years.

Status Barber Shop

Are you looking for the Best Barber Shop in Victoria BC? Well you found it! Status Barber Shop is home to some of Victoria’s most talented Barbers. Our team is a tight-knit group that works hard everyday to help keep Victorian’s looking their best.

The Vitamin Shop

Established in 1984, The Vitamin Shop has grown to become Canada’s Premier Vitamin and Nutritional Supplement Dispensary. Employing 40 dedicated, seasoned professionals, including licensed Herbalists and Certified Nutritional Product Advisors – and providing unparalleled customer service – The Vitamin Shop has earned the trust and loyalty of thousands of regular customers.


Adventure Clothing

Adventure Clothing offers a wide range of travel clothing, gear and gadgets that are hand-picked and travel-tested by someone who actually believes that it’s the journey, not necessarily the destination, that matters most. Although we are located in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia, the world is our home and we sell our products to fellow travelers all over the globe. Come visit our knowledgeable staff and find out why we are known as Victoria’s Travel Store.

Artina’s Jewellery

Artina’s Jewellery, with two locations in Victoria and Vancouver BC, has the world’s largest selection of Hand Crafted Canadian Jewellery. We showcase over 90 of Canada’s most talented artists including aboriginal West Coast carvers and contemporary Canadian jewellers. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, we specialize in unique, handcrafted jewellery and take pride in providing superior customer service.

Baggins Shoes

We are certain that there is no greater selection of Converse in the world and that is probably true of the Vans as well. We ship shoes around the globe on a daily basis and have a worldwide following of Converse and Vans diehards. Our selection and commitment to excellent customer service combined with our relaxed atmosphere and funky staff make us one of those quirky shops it’s hard to forget.

Bolen Books

Now at almost 20,000 square feet, Bolen Books is one of the biggest single-location independent bookstores in Canada. We are a general interest bookstore with large sections dedicated to kids books, science fiction, cooking, travel, fiction & mystery. On our shelves are an ever-changing assortment of over 30,000 titles by some of today’s biggest authors, as well as up-and-coming names, self published authors, and more, from Canada and around the world. But our store doesn’t stop at the books. We also boast one of Victoria’s most popular selection of puzzles and board games.

Buddies Toys

Our goal at Buddies is to find the right toy for the right child. We consider it an honour to help you buy the toys for the kids in your life. We know there are many choices out there and our family thanks you for choosing Buddies!

Capital Iron

From its beginnings as a scrap business in 1934, Capital Iron has maintained its unique charm. Over the past 80 years, our store has evolved into a true General Store for the modern consumer. If you need it, chances are we have it! We are proud to be a strong part of the Vancouver Island community.

Coastline Surf

Coastline Surf and Sport began business in 1991 in Victoria BC Canada. Since then we have striven to offer the best in surfboards, wetsuits, accessories, skateboards, clothes and shoes. We live the westcoast lifestyle and are familiar with the products we sell from personal experience.

Curious Comics

Vancouver Island's Premier Comic & Game Shops.

Giant Victoria

Giant Bicycles Victoria is Victoria’s newest cycling shop. They feature Giant bicycles, Liv products for female riders, Smith helmets and glasses, and other accessories. They also offer a tune up shop and stainless steel bike bath.

Hemp & Company

H&C Originals, our own line of hemp/organic cotton clothing is Made in Canada. We love local designers who use eco-friendly fibres and combine class and comfort with sustainability and style.

Island Outfitters

Island Outfitters started in March 1994 as a little tackle store in Victoria. Darren Wright and Ward Bond opened their store with one employee at 740 Roderick Street. How things have changed over since then. Island Outfitters now has 22 employees and has been located at 3319 Douglas Street since 1997. They have over 5000 sq. ft. of retail space and lots of free parking. Island Outfitters offer their customers outstanding selection, service, and knowledge on Fly fishing , Bass fishing, Trout fishing, Steelhead fishing, Salmon fishing, Halibut fishing, Prawning, Crabbing, and Lowrance electronics.

Ivy’s Bookshop

Located in the heart of the Oak Bay Village, we offer a unique and eclectic selection of books, as well greeting cards, notecards and magazines.

Ocean River Sports

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River Sports is one of the premier specialty kayak stores in North America. With over 30 years in the business Ocean River includes an outstanding retail store, kayaking school, tours, rentals and a performance paddling club. Come visit us in person and chat with one of our experienced sales people, or surf over to our ever expanding online store and have your product shipped directly to you. Whatever interest you may have, you’ll find that “we know our stuff.”

Oceanside Gifts

Oceanside Gifts has a wide selection of Canadian gifts, souvenirs and mementos. Whether you’re traveling, planning a trip or organizing an event, we can help.

Out Of Ireland

Located in a beautiful heritage building in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, our store is well known for its eclectic collection of Irish knitwear, clothing, jewellery, fashion accessories, and gifts. You'll find all the most popular Irish brands such as: Guinness®, Belleek, Claddagh, Bewley's and more! We are happy to extend a warm Irish welcome to you in store or by phone/email if you can't make it to Victoria!

Outlooks for Men

Victoria’s go-to place for guys who are going places. Weddings, graduations, job interviews, formal occasions, casual Fridays or a night on the town. Beautiful suits, a polished look in shoes, basic staples and quirky accessories are all on offer as is expert tailoring and the best customer service in town (according to our customers).

Pets West

Pets West in Victoria BC is a full-line pet store, offering a wide range of pet supplies and food for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small animals, reptiles, and wild birds. We also carry live fish, birds, small animals, and provide a cat adoption service.

Robinson’s Outdoor Store

Robinson’s Outdoor Store has a proud 80-year history as a local, family-owned business, but its success is due to the three generations who have steered it—founder George, his son’s Gordon and Doug and Doug’s daughter Gayle—always looking forward. What started as a bicycle sales/repair shop in 1929 has become the premier source for outdoor gear on Vancouver Island. You’ll find the best brands and a friendly, knowledgeable staff to help outfit you for any adventure—from a backpacking trek through South America to a fly-fishing expedition a on crystal clear B.C. salmon stream.

Russell Books

In 1991 Reg Russell, founder of Russell Books, helped open a Victoria branch with his daughter Diana and her husband Ron DePol at 734 Fort Street, where it is today. Ron and Diana are now the owners of Russell Books Ltd. while their daughter Andrea, together with her husband Jordan, manage the company. In 2005 Diana’s son Brandon and his wife Charlene helped start up yet another store, Books on View – a division of Russell Books, at 702 View Street, (under the Sayward Bulding at the corner of Douglas Street).

Sawyer Sewing Center

The 3rd generation of Sawyers, Jarret Sawyer is the new owner of Sawyer Sewing Centre. Sawyers was established by Jarret’s grandparents, Marion and David Sawyer in 1953. They began modestly by selling sewing machines out of the back of David’s Dry Cleaning delivery van while living in Qualicum Beach. In 1965 they moved to Victoria and established a small store on Fort St.

Silk Road Tea

Since 1992 we’ve been creating the world’s finest, freshest, organic teas, skin and body products. It all started in Victoria’s Historic Chinatown, with a passion for premium quality ingredients, exceptional customer service, an eco-friendly approach, and a commitment to community – values which continue to be just as important to us today as they were when we started.

Still Life

Still Life opened the doors to retail fashion on Victoria, BC’s historic Johnson Street in 1984. Offering locals and tourists a wide variety of vintage and modern fashion for more than two decades, Matt & Kim Jensen took ownership in 2007 breathing new life into the iconic business now nestled amongst a growing community of locally-owned retail shops.

Sunday's Snowflakes

Sunday's Snowflakes in Victoria BC has been proudly dressing women since 1981. You'll find us a Mattick's Farm, next to Cordova Bay Golf. Sunday's Snowflakes has the best apparel for today's contemporary women, from accessories to outerwear.

The Tuscan Kitchen

The Tuscan Kitchen has hundreds of pieces of majolica in dozens of patterns, many of them unique. The are bright, bold patterns typical of the Italian town of Deruta, and other charmingly sophisticated ceramics from Tuscany, Umbria and Puglia.

Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative

We collect donated goods and provide affordable high quality clothing, household items and furniture through three Resale Shops in Victoria. The revenue from our shops, together with financial donations, covers the entire cost of running our non profit cooperative, and funds our empowerment programs for women. So whether you are a shopper or a donor, you too have a hand in transforming our community.

Tours & Travel

AdrenaLINE Zipline Tours

AdrenaLINE Zipline Adventure Tours is your adventure destination on Southern Vancouver Island. Join us for an exhilarating treetop adventure in Sooke BC.

Bike Tours Victoria

Guided Bicycle Tours of Victoria, British Columbia, Highlighting the city's best parks, landmarks and top attractions by bicycle! All tours are set at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for stories, photo ops and fun!

Departures Travel

Travel, as it should be, enhances your life. Let us help you write the next exciting chapter of yours with customized journeys or enhancements we create in concert with our more than 70 destination experts across the globe. Why settle for anything less than extraordinary!

Hike Victoria

Scenic hikes and tours expertly guided in and around beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada. Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with a local photographer and long time resident, as he shares with you his favourite vistas and Victoria’s hidden gems!

Mile Zero Tours

Mile Zero Tours was established in 2014 by owner/operator David Rose, whose vision was to open a quality travel company catered specifically to the needs of the residents of Vancouver Island. With over 18 years in the travel business, David brought his idea to fruition. As a locally owned and operated business, Mile Zero Tours’ primary objective is to provide first class guided travel experiences uniquely tailored to the needs and expectations of Vancouver Islanders.

The Pedaler

Our guided bicycle tours showcase the local food and beverage culture, the regional Galloping Goose and Lochside trails, favourite scenic vistas, and the distinctive neighbourhoods that make cycling in Victoria so enjoyable.

Sports Rent

Sports Rent has a large selection of bicycles for rent year round! Along with bike rentals, Sports Rent also has trail-a-bikes, child trailers, baby joggers and other bike accessories.Bike maps and directions for the Galloping Goose Trail and Lochside Trail are available.