Nerdy Shopper’s Guide to Victoria, British Columbia

This work in progress is a list of places visitors to the Garden City of the Pacific Northwest (Canada-side) can check out for their popular culture craving. This index is by no means complete, as there’s most likely a few not as well-known and it is not meant to include large corporations. We are encouraging buy locally. Even though Games Workshop is a large business, this game company should not be missed since not many global operations decide to set up shop in a town such as Victoria, BC.

If there’s an operation not listed, please either comment or send us an email so we can update.

DOWNTOWN VICTORIA
(NERD ROW – Johnson & Broad)

outside-cbt

Cherry Bomb Toys /
National Toy Museum of Canada

Toys (Barbie, Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe & Many More!), LEGO, Vinyl Records, Used Videos

1410 Broad Street
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Phone: (250) 385-8697

This operation specializes in carrying a diverse range of product for everyone of all ages. From products for young girls, like Barbie, to collectible products (like original packaging G.I. Joe), if you name it, that item might be hiding here!

Located on their second floor is their toy museum, which spotlights the history of many a playful product from the past 100 or so years. If you look carefully, you can find also props used from certain television series, namely Stargate SG-1!

Curious Comics

Comic Supplies, Comics, FUNKO Pop!, Graphic Novels,
Illustration Books, Models, T-shirts, Toys

631 Johnson Street (Victoria-location)
Hours: 9:30am – 6pm
Phone: (250) 384-1656

844 Goldstream Avenue (Langford location)
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Phone: (250) 592-1656

3200 Unit 6 Island Highway (Nanaimo BC location)
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Phone: (250) 756-2157

With three locations to serve most of Vancouver Island, Curious Comics makes up the heart of Nerd Row in Victoria, BC. Stepping in here is a paradise of goodies. From CGC certified comics to Walking Dead merchandise, a lot of nerd culture franchised out properties can be found here.

Games Workshop

Dice, Miniatures & Associated Branded Supplies, Wargaming

625 Johnson Street
Hours: 11am – 6pm (Closed Mon, Tues)
Phone: (250) 388-3696

Technically a big box operation, this business deserves a special place as having been part of the local nerd scene for a long time. Games like Blood Bowl and even Lord of the Rings shows how well this company rules them all. This company is popular for a reason. Their prices, say what you will, has to pay for the licensing they have to pony up to maintain their high quality of miniature building and craftsmanship.

Legends Comics and Books

Comics (current & silver age), Graphic Novels, Illustration Books

633 Johnson Street
Hours: 12pm to 6pm
Phone: (250) 388-3696

Coming into this book store to find that gift for the comic book enthusiast is a must. The diversity is huge, and the selection is a mix of rustic to modern. The love for the medium can be seen everywhere. Books are organized by publisher and artist! For the true collector, co-owner Gareth does have a side operation to preview the truly vintage material, and that can be arranged by appointment.

If Gareth or Lloyd does not have it in the store, then the next step is obviously going to be that Amazon place, if not eBay.

Yellowjacket Comics

Magic the Gathering, Card Supplies, Comics

649 Johnson Street
Hours: 10am to 6pm
Phone: (250) 480-0049

This place is better known as one of two places to buy your Magic the Gathering cards, old and new, and supplies related to it. Walking by this place may seem scary to some since it’s card central than comics, but they still have space to sport more of the latest titles than old.

Need your Dungeons & Dragons? The Vorpal Gnome (located upstairs in Cavity) has it all! From 2nd Edition to the latest, Steve Saunders can get it!

Need your Dungeons & Dragons? The Vorpal Gnome (located upstairs in Cavity) has one heck of a selection! Coming here to dungeon crawl is a must.

Vorpal Gnome /
Cavity Curiosity Shop

Used Books, RPG, Miniatures, Underground Music, Punk Rock

556 Pandora Ave
Hours: 12pm to 5pm (closed Mon, Tues)
Phone:  (250) 381-9857

Within one storefront lurks two operations.

Upstairs is a wide range of used and new role playing games material, with plenty of classic Dungeons and Dragons books to worry a Red Dragon to second run molds of miniatures, the love of pen and paper gaming can be found here, along with the odd golden gem from the 70’s / 80’s, when RPG was the “in-thing.”

Downstairs lurks a wide range of product ranging from books to music (punk rock, heavy metal) of bands. Some are obscure and others are not. But it’s a curiosity shoppe for a reason. You never know what you can find!

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