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Return of the Queen

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress, named in honour of Queen Victoria, will celebrate its official “Grand Opening” on June 28 following a two-year, $60 million restoration.

The two-year project celebrates both the history and natural beauty of the west coast, and elevates the historical property into a new era of modern luxury.

Recently unveiled to guests, the restoration’s final phase showcases a renovated health club and pool; refreshed Willow Stream Spa with an expanded lounge, updated reception and revitalized retail area; and 229 luxurious guest rooms.

Gracing the exterior of the building is the porte cochere, which was constructed to provide a sense of welcome prior to entering the spectacular new reception lobby. The showstopper is the “Twill Flower” – a six metre high floral-shaped chandelier. Hand woven with approximately 250,000 crystals the sculpture is homage to Victoria’s reputation as the City of Gardens.

Phase One of the iconic restoration launched in June 2016 with the grand opening of Q at the Empress – a new restaurant and bar.


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