Be the City.
Live the World.
The Dominion Rocket is about freedom; a simple and affordable lifestyle that connects you to your community. The heritage restoration of the historic Dominion Hotel offers an urban living experience that provides all you need and everything you want.
Designed for ease of experience, one cheque provides for all your housing needs - furniture, wifi, cable and flat screen tv packages available for your individual requirements. In addition to efficiency kitchens in every unit, the Dominion Rocket provides our communal kitchen, dining room, and lounge on the the second floor, laundry facilities, bike parking, and the lobby and cabaret of the historic hotel available for everyday use and special event functions. Our Resident Card further connects you to the people and businesses in your neighbourhood while our on-site concierge service helps clear the way.
Be a part of history. Be a part of the Dominion Rocket.
Consider an era of exploration and wonder.
An era when maps still had blank spaces, ‘terra incognita’, and vast regions of the world were unknown. The “What Cheer House” opened its doors in 1862, a two story colonial hotel for miners in search of gold. Stephen Jones had a grander vision and conceived of the Dominion Hotel, erected to serve the fashionable new industry of tourism built around rail and steamship travel. The Dominion Hotel grew as the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway and CPR Steamship Company opened Vancouver Island’s resource economy to world markets.
Between 1890 and 1913, the hotel grew three times with prominent regional architect Samuel McClure drafting the 1900 addition and Thomas Hopper the 1913 addition. The hotel has been through many renovations since then as customer tastes and needs have changed. Today the hotel is reimagined as The Dominion Rocket, a vibrant living community that recalls a time when much of the world was unknown, and adventure was always a possibility...and still is. Start your voyage today!
The Dominion Commons is an outdoor market on the corner of Yates & Blanshard providing space for artisans’ and vendor stalls. A year round festival atmosphere will support a broad retail tenant mix. Showcasing local products and merchants, we are looking to attract organic fruit and vegetables stalls, specialty foods, local crafters and artists looking to be immersed in the activity of downtown Victoria.We provide lighting, power, public seating, and security. Retailers bring their own temporary structures which can remain on site or be removed when needed elsewhere. Spaces available on a monthly basis.
Intent on maintaining the traditional Dominion Hotel lobby feel,The Dominion Provisions offers a number of amenities for our tenants and the public. Coffee, tea, and light meals are available along with a comfortable space ideal for meeting friends, relaxing, or just being part of our community. This communal space, accessible to the public, provides retail space for artisans and local crafters.