Historical Chinatown Walking Tour
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Historical Chinatown Walking Tour

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Stop At: Chinatown, Fisgard St., Victoria, British Columbia Canada

Victoria was the supply center for the gold rush and grew to become British Columbia’s largest city before the birth of Vancouver in the 1880's. Victoria’s Chinatown was the home base for thousands of Chinese. Some established their own stores, restaurants, laundries and farms. In the city, some worked as gardeners, servants and cooks in the homes of non-Chinese. Outside the city, many worked for others in the gold fields, coal mines, logging camps and fish canneries. For many years, Victoria had the largest Chinese population in Canada. Today, its Chinese population is small in comparison to other cities, but Victoria will always have the distinction of being home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Victoria Chinese Public School, 636 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 1R6, Canada

The Chinese Public School is Victoria's most intriguing building. Learn about why it was built and why there is much more to its ornate architecture than meets the eye.

Stop At: Fan Tan Alley, Chinatown, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R4 Canada

Fan Tan Alley is undoubtedly the most famous place in Chinatown, if not in all of Victoria. Many former gambling dens still exist in Fan Tan Alley. A demonstration of how to play fan tan may be included in your tour.

Duration: 20 minutes

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  • Local guide
Not included
  • If visiting the Tam Kung Temple, an optional donation of $1/person is recommended
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Deanna B
5 | 2019-07-03

We enjoyed this tour, led by Chris, on a recent visit to Victoria. Chris is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Chinatown and clearly has a great relationship with current residents and business owners. We learned so much about the area that we would have overlooked had we not taken the tour. We'd highly recommend it!

Terry J
5 | 2017-08-22

The guide, Chris, was outstanding. Loved the little aids that he had for us as there was traffic noise. It made it so comfortable that you could hear everything. Chris really knows his stuff and brings it all to life. Great gem of a walking tour. Worth the 90 minutes!

5 | 2017-07-11

Chinatown occupies a small part of Victoria, but our history expert/tour guide kept us informed for 1 1/2 hours. I feel like he must be a college professor because he spoke so knowledgably and eloquently about Chinatown and how its residents have contributed to society over the years. He even bought us some Chinese pastry treats from a Chinese restaurant for us all to taste. I wish I could remember his name, but I know that he and his father run a local tour guide service and I suspect that it must contract out to Viator. I have taken quite a few Viator trips and this one rated at the top of my list.

Drake R
5 | 2017-06-22

I highly recommend this tour. Chris from Discover the Past walking tours is an excellent guide.

5 | 2016-09-10

Excellent tour. Well worth money


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