The Crystal Room at the Empress Fairmont boasts a lovely, sparkling Victorian crystal chandelier and old world elegance, worth remembering at High Tea, around 4 o’clock in the afternoon—whenever the Library has been reserved to the fullest.  Afternoon tea at an Edwardian grand château hotel is a memorable experience, harborside on Government St., Victoria, across from the Parliament Buildings .  Designed by Francis Rattenbury, famous British architect, the Empress Fairmont is the historical landmark of the Canadian Pacific Railway at the turn of the 20th century.

High Tea at the Empress includes top quality, house blend, light, delicate tea, a substantial variety of finger sandwiches—smoked salmon, cucumber, carrot and ginger, watercress—tea cakes, fruit tarts, fresh berries and cream, scones, strawberry preserves, honey, and thick Jersey cream.  Late afternoon tea is meant to quench the appetite in between meals and entertain the palate before dinnertime and after a long Victorian stroll by the Inner Harbor Walk.

Vintage photos line the Lobby Entrance as a time line of prominent visitors and dignitaries—the historical archives are downstairs, open to the public anytime.