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For personal assistance with planning your trip, call the Customer Information line at 250-382-6161, and press zero for a Customer Service Agent.

Malls

The Bay Centre, on Douglas at Fort between Government & Douglas.

Expansive indoor shopping mall in a four-level galleria featuring more than 90 shops, boutiques, eateries and services in the heart of Victoria's downtown. Outdoor seating is available at Earl's Restaurant.

Details, call 250-952-5680.

The Bay Centre front entrance on Douglas Street is a departure and arrival point for most downtown bus routes.

West Shore Town Centre, 2945 Jacklin Road.

Details, call 250-474-9654.

Take the #50, #51, #52, #53, #54, #55, #56, #57, #58, #59, #60 or or #61.

Hillside Centre, 1644 Hillside Avenue.

Details, call 250-595-7154.

Take the #4, #8, #22 or #27/28.

Mayfair Shopping Centre, 3147 Douglas Street.

Plan to meet "at the clock". The 100-year-old Jeweller's Clock, located at the entrance of Toys 'R Us, greets shoppers who explore the more than 120 boutiques of the mall or stop for refreshment at the Food Court.

Details at www.mayfairshoppingcentre.com or call 250-383-0541.

Take the #8, #30/31, #50, #61, #70, #72, #75 or #76.

Tillicum Mall, 3170 Tillicum Road.

More than 70 stores and services throughout the indoor shopping mall anchored by Winners. Situated beside the Silver City Theatres.

Details at www.tillicumcentre.ca or call 250-381-7123.

For service directly to the mall, take the #11 or #26. These buses will take you within a block of the mall: #8, #21 or #22.

University Heights Shopping Centre, 3980 Shelbourne Street.

Indoor mall anchored by Safeway. Includes a fitness club and a movie theatre with underground parking.

Details call 250-477-2122.

Take the #12, #26, #27/28, #39 or the #51.

Squares

Bastion Square, off Government St. & View St.

Bastion Square is a great place to sip a latte and people-watch. Terrific summer outdoor markets of locally-made handicrafts.

Two to three blocks from all downtown buses.

Market Square, 560 Johnson Street.

Located in the heart of Old Town, this square was once the setting for Victoria's seamier side. In place of opium dens, brothels and saloons, today's visitors find a collection of interesting shops set in heritage buildings around an open-air square.

Details at www.marketsquare.ca or call 250-386-2441.

Take the #6, #24 or the #25, or you can take any downtown bus to Douglas Street & Johnson and walk west down Johnson Street for two blocks.

Plazas

Saanich Centre, Quadra & McKenzie Avenue.

An open-air shopping centre anchored by Thrifty Foods and London Drugs.

Take the #6, #26 or #51.

Saanich Plaza, Blanshard & Ravine Way.

An open-air shopping plaza anchored by Save-On Foods and TD Canada Trust.

Details, call 250-727-6333.

Take the #26, #30/31, #50, #61, #70, #72 or #75.

Uptown Centre, 3440 Saanich Road.

A wide variety of shops in an outdoor mall anchored by Walmart and Future Shop.

Info: 250-383-4866.

Take the #26, #30/31, #50, #61, #70, #72 or #75.

Other Shopping

Antique Row 1000 Block of Fort Street.

Treasure hunters will delight in this row of little shops brimming with silver, military memorabilia, rare prints, fine china, antique furniture and Victorian bric-a-brac. Take time to preview Lund's and Kilshaw's auction houses further down the avenue.

Take the #11, #14 or the #22 and get off anywhere between Blanshard & Cook streets.

Chinatown, Lower Fisgard St.

These two blocks bustle with activity much as they did in the 1870s when it was the largest Chinatown north of San Francisco. Pass through the Gates of Harmonious Interest to explore artists' studios, boutiques and shops filled with Oriental giftware. While you're there, make sure to take a stroll through Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada.

Take any bus going north on Douglas Street. Get off and walk west on Fisgard.

Oak Bay Village, Oak Bay Avenue at Hampshire Road.

Step behind the Tweed Curtain and enjoy a stroll through the Village. Boutiques feature island-made crafts, book and clothing stores, sweets shops and a butcher shop with old English charm. Of course, you will want to stop and pause for a cup of java.

Take the #2, #2A or #8.

			
			
   

Victoria Regional Transit System

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CUSTOMER ALERTS

 

Sunday August 3, 2014 - Symphony Splash

Due to traffic congestion expected around the Inner Harbor, several routes will be on detour from 2:00pm until approximately 9:45pm. Please review the attached PDF file for details. (view 546.0k PDF)

Butchart Gardens Fireworks: Extra buses will operate on fireworks nights. They will be departing 1 to 1.5 hours after the start of the fireworks show. Check the Butchart Gardens website for show times.

Service Alert Tuesday, July 29, 2014
No lost trips to report at this time.

Stopping Policy for routes 51, 70x and 75

51 UVic/Langford makes all stops between Langford Exchange and McKenzie at Pat Bay, then limited stops as follows on McKenzie Ave:

  • St Andrew's School
  • Quadra
  • Blenkinsop
  • Shelbourne
  • Gordon Head
  • UVic


70x Swartz Bay/Downtown The 70x offers limited express service with transit stops on the off/on ramps at Royal Oak Exchange and McTavish Exchange. Northbound customers using McTavish Park & Ride will use the pedestrian overpass.

The 70x Downtown will stop at the following bus stops:
  • Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
  • Lands End Road
  • Fifth at Beacon
  • McTavish Exchange Bay B
  • Pat Bay Hwy at Sayward
  • Pat Bay Hwy at Haliburton
  • Royal Oak Exchange, Bay H
  • Pat Bay Hwy at Mckenzie
  • Blanshard at Saanich
  • Blanshard at Finlayson
  • All regular stops on Douglas to the Legislature except on Douglas at View


The 70x Swartz Bay will stop at the following bus stops:
  • All regular stops from the Legislature to Hillside except on Douglas at Yates
  • Blanshard at Finlayson
  • Vernon at Saanich
  • Pat Bay Hwy at Mckenzie
  • Royal Oak Exchange, Bay I
  • Pat Bay Hwy at Haliburton
  • Pat Bay Hwy at Sayward
  • McTavish Exchange Bay A
  • Fifth at Beacon
  • Lands End Road
  • Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal


75 Saanichton/Downtown Serves all stops along the route with the exception of the northbound stop on Douglas at Yates and the southbound stop on Douglas at View

CORRECTION  Route 22 Hillside Mall / 22N Downtown  Monday thru Friday Page 61 in the new Victoria Riders Guide  Effective June 23 Departure times for Burnside and High (22A via Strawberry Vale) and Hastings and Wilkinson should read as follows: (view 47.4k PDF)

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Stop closure alert on routes 6, 24 and 25


Due to Johnson street bridge construction, the following stops are closed:
Johnson and Store street
Stops on either side of the Johnson street bridge

To access Store street, please exit the bus at Pandora and Government and walk 2 blocks. The next available stop after this (going toward Esquimalt) will be Esquimalt and Tyee.

Thank you for your patience.