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Gather With Us

If it’s happening in Victoria, it’s happening at The Empress. Our 1908 landmark, adjacent to the Victoria Conference Centre, has long been the city’s social centrepiece from royal visits and black-tie galas to elaborate meetings and large conventions. With dramatic high ceilings and historical architectural flair, our world-class meeting and social event spaces are nothing short of spectacular.

Fairmont Empress’ accomplished and highly-skilled team of meeting and culinary experts will guide every step of the planning through personalized service, delivering seamless gatherings for up to 1,200 guests.

721 Government St
Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

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Meetings & Social Events

Host your board retreat, new product launch or incentive event amidst our heady mix of luxury, history and modern amenities. From elaborate annual meetings to innovative product launches and gala dinners, our iconic venues can accommodate every event from an intimate gathering to a grand conference.

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Film & Photoshoots

From the legendary Bengal Room, the 1900s-era Library Room and The Palm Court, an airy atrium-like space with Italian marble flooring and a striking stain-glass dome ceiling to the expansive views onto Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbour, Fairmont Empress is ready for its close-up. We’re happy to serve as the iconic and historical setting for your film, television, commercial, or press junket. And we make it easy with the support you need to wrap on time and on budget.

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Our Venues

With an extensive range of function rooms, from the traditional-flirts-with-contemporary of our updated meeting spaces to the turn-of-the-century glamour of our reception and ballrooms, Fairmont Empress is as flexible and accommodating as it is prestigious.

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Event & Chef’s Menus

Whether you are planning a corporate dinner or an intimate family celebration, our talented culinary team presents a menu of dishes as delicious as they are diverse. Select an unforgettable array of offerings for your guests or create a bespoke menu that reflects your unique culinary vision.

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Our Team

No large-scale event is too elaborate or extravagant for our seasoned team of professionals. Tea service for 200? Five-course chef’s plated dinner staged under the setting sun? Our highly-skilled team of meeting and culinary experts are at your service.