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The interior of this building, at least from a design point-of-view, has been ruined by it's use... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Chris D
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New Westminster, Canada
Atmosphere and views excellent, food good too

Eating on the patio is a beautiful experience. They have massive heaters, making this possible... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
Valerie S
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed September 22, 2014

I remember this building when it was the Wax Museum, now that the renovations have evolved, it seems to be good for the cities Inner Harbour! You have a restaurant, coffee shop & an art gallery! This will allow the tourist a broader experience to enjoy the sites & sounds of Victoria!

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Sure, a good job was done restoring this building constructed as a steamship terminal for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in the 1920s, and of course they upgraded it to current seismic standards. But the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has failed to fulfill its own "vision of a renewed transportation hub and grand public space."
After tossing out the tacky Royal London Wax Museum a few years ago, there was a wonderful opportunity to turn the grand hall into a truly public venue where one could wander about the cathedral-like space, perhaps admiring maritime exhibits, including art by painters, sculptors and multi-media artists. Instead, this has become a rather exclusive place, occupied by businesses such as a high-end restaurant, yet another harbourside micro brewery / wine bar, and a tourist gift shop. The top floor is taken up by offices and a gallery exclusively displaying naturist Robert Bateman's wildlife paintings that seem curiously out of place in an environment purportedly "steeped in Victoria's maritime history."

Date of experience: May 2014
3  Thank Karl S
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This renovated historic building is now home to the fantastic Robert Bateman gallery (reviewed desperately). New life oozes from this space and the addition of a ritzy new cafe / bistro will continue the theme of adding relevance to the restored space.

Building has a number of floors and the gallery is the entire second floor. Ground floor will have the new cafe and the gift store for the galley. Right on the water just across from the Parliament building. Opportunities exist for further use of the paved space outside the building.

Enjoy the restoration when you visit the gallery. Recommended.

Date of experience: August 2013
3  Thank martyjoe
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018
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Date of experience: September 2017
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