Uptown Shopping Plaza on Saanich Road in Victoria is more than just a place where one goes to make a purchase. It is a hub that provides services, events, and entertainment to the surrounding communities and neighbourhoods. It is the place people come together to share coffee, a meal, or even to attend business meetings and private functions in the plaza’s community room.
Of course the array of retail outlets is most certainly second to none. For the convenience of its shoppers the centre’s website offers a complete list of all outlets along with phone numbers. Their Guest Services office, across from the main elevators, is there to help answer all your questions and offer shoppers things such as:
- BC Transit bus passes
- Uptown Gift Cards
Gift Cards are a great way to let family and friends on your gift list shop for the items that they really want. Uptown Gift Cards can be purchased in any denomination from the Guest Services office and are redeemable at most outlets within the plaza including:
- Eccotique Salon & Spa
- Flight Centre
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Erito Sushi
- Starbucks, and many more
You can check their website for a complete list of all outlets where Uptown Gift Cards can be redeemed by clicking on “Where Can I Use It”.
While at Uptown, make sure to visit the Greater Victoria Public Library’s new Emily Carr Branch on the upper level.
If you are looking to book a meeting room or the perfect spot, at a reasonable price, for your event, Uptown Plaza is a great choice. The amenities include:
- A 12 person board room
Not only will your guests appreciate the location that includes plenty of free parking, being able to arrive by car or BC Transit, but the ability to be able to walk around and do some shopping during breaks. The costs of renting Uptown’s Community Room are:
- Half day for business $50.00
- Half day for non-profits $25.00
- Full day for business $100.00
- Full day for non-profits $50.00
For more information about renting the Community Room you can contact Guest Services by filling in their request form and a representative will get back to you promptly.
Uptown Plaza is also the place to go for special events such as:
- ‘Long Table’ dinner under the stars
- Live outdoor music events
- Tons of special savings at select outlets
There are also several medical services such as:
It is also refreshing to know that such a large organization that considers itself a part of the community is committed to protecting the environment. One of the ways they accomplish this is by making sure that walking, public transit and cycling is easily accessible when traveling to Uptown Plaza.
If have walked, cycled or taken public transit and find you have purchased more than you can easily carry home, Guest Services will be happy to arrange delivery to your home.
Some of the many ways they make sure that their many day-to-day operations are also environmentally responsible include:
- The use of recycled paper products
- ‘green’ cleaners are used whenever possible
- CFL and Fluorescent lighting products are fully recycled
- Chemical free pest and weed control
- Rainwater used for watering when available
- Electric vehicles that have been manufactured on Vancouver Island are used in recycling and waste handling
There are many other ways that management shows its commitment to being environmentally responsible. For a more detailed description of all they do to protect the environment, you can take a look at the ‘Responsibility In Retail’ portion of their website.
Their hours of operation are:
- Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Some outlets and special holidays may have different operating hours so it’s a good idea to check their website before you head out. For detailed information on the many ways, and how, to get to Uptown you can visit the ‘Directions & Hours’ page of their website.
All in all, Uptown Plaza is so much more than just a shopping centre; it is part of a larger community and really takes that responsibility seriously by providing a welcoming, relaxing, and fun shopping experience. There really isn’t anything that you might need that is not available here.