At Fairmont, our passion is connecting guests to the very best of our destinations. From the beaches of Hawaii to the deserts of the United Arab Emirates and to the heart of London, Fairmont offers guests extraordinary experiences combining unique architecture, engaging service and local artistry reflecting the best of the destination culminating in unforgettable guest experiences.
Recognized as one of Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by NGT, Fairmont Empress is a Forbes Four-Star, 4-Diamond property with 464 beautifully restored guest rooms, Willow Stream Spa, Q at the Empress Restaurant, Q Bar and world famous Tea at the Empress. See our Virtual Site Inspection here.
Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria BC boasts Canada’s warmest year round climate and is the ideal starting point to explore British Columbia’s stunning natural beauty.
By car from BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal If you are arriving via BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal, you will automatically join Highway 17 as you drive off the ferry. Stay on Highway 17 for approximately 33km until you reach Downtown Victoria. Highway 17 will turn into Blanchard Street, which will turn into Belleville Street. Turn right onto Government Street and you will arrive at Fairmont Empress.
By car from Victoria International Airport Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is located approximately 30 minutes drive (25km) from Fairmont Empress. There are several rental car companies located at the airport. Alternatively, there is a shuttle service, run by YYJ Shuttle. If you are driving from the airport, simply follow signs for "Victoria", taking Highway 17 which will turn into Blanchard Street, which will turn into Belleville Street. Turn right onto Government Street and you will arrive at Fairmont Empress.
By Helicopter The Helijet terminal is located approximately one mile (1.6km) from Fairmont Empress, and is accessible via taxi or Helijet's shuttle service.
By float plane The Harbour Air and Kenmore Air float plane terminal in Victoria is located across the street from Fairmont Empress, along the Inner Harbour. The terminal is located approximately a five minute walk away.