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kitchen goodies! We stopped in at several during our explorations and were amazed at the variety and the unique goods that are available. After stopping in at a used bookstore along the way, we headed to Johnson Street and Market Square, both areas filled with eclectic shopping. In the summer, there are buskers all around town, and LoJo, or Lower Johnson Street often has musicians playing on the sidewalk. Bastion Square, at View and Government Streets has a lively open-air market from April through October. This a pedestrian-only zone and is home to the Maritime Museum of BC, which is reputed to be haunted and hosts regular ghost hunts throughout the year. The stands that line the walk are intriguing, ranging from seasonal treats of chocolate-dipped, local and organic strawberries to hand-crafted, soft dolls in a variety of styles, including the pirate Jack Sparrow and Little Red Riding Hood. Another hidden gem on Government Street is the Irish Linen Store, which is housed in a building that was originally the Brown Jug Inn. In business since 1910, the store is a treasure trove of fine linens, dishtowels and handkerchiefs, just like the ones we carried as children, all embroidered and trimmed with lace. You’ll also find rare, linen bath towels, bright tablecloths and napkins, all carefully folded and stored in tissue paper. Entering this store is like stepping back into the past, right down to the handwritten receipts. We were pleasantly surprised to see very few “Made in China” labels in the general downtown area, which of course were prevalent, and rightfully so, in Chinatown, which is the oldest in Canada and second in age only to San Francisco’s in North America. A visit to Victoria is not complete without a visit to Chinatown. With its classic entrance, The Gates of Harmonious Interest, the area is a thriving retail center, with Chinese grocery 46

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