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Running through the heart of Downtown Victoria, Government Street is home to plenty of shopping and local history. Along the Victoria Harbour front, the British Columbia Legislature Buildings and the Fairmont Empress are important historical landmarks, both designed by the untrained British architect Francis Rattenbury. His design for the BC Legislature Buildings, which uses white marble, a massive central dome, and lengthy façade to create an architecturally impressive home for the provincial government, was his first project. This early success led him to be awarded the contract to design the Empress Hotel, which is now one of the oldest hotels in Victoria. Between these two buildings lies the Royal British Columbia Museum, which houses a natural and human history museum and the British Columbia provincial archives.

Heading north from the Empress Hotel, Government Street soon becomes an iconic shopping street. Native artwork, high fashion, and a variety of specialty stores holding everything from handcrafted jewelry to handmade chocolate take up the storefronts. More shopping is found just off Government Street, too, including Trounce Alley, known for its European fashion stores; Bastion Square, where local artisans sell handmade arts and crafts; and Johnson Street, which is a local’s favorite for exclusive design boutiques.

The corner of Government Street and Fisgard runs beneath the Gate of Harmonious Interest and the entrance to Victoria’s Chinatown. Founded in 1858, it’s the oldest Chinatown in Canada and second only to San Francisco in North America.

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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour
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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

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Explore Victoria's history and culinary scene on this walking tour of the British Columbian city. Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and other local products.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Downtown Victoria Food & City Tour
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Downtown Victoria Food & City Tour

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Treat your taste buds to a walking food tour of Victoria’s bustling Fort & Blanshard Streets. Once known as Antique Row for its abundance of vintage shops, this hip neighborhood is now filled with trendy restaurants, modern boutique shops, and home to the arts district. Follow a local gourmet guide to some of the best eateries in the area including a tea salon, a European-style deli, an authentic taqueria, Middle-Eastern street food, and more. Chat with shop owners and chefs along the way to gain insight into Victoria’s thriving culinary scene. Group size is limited to 12 for a more personalized tasting experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Historical Victoria Walking Tour
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Historical Victoria Walking Tour

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Explore quaint Victoria on this guided walking tour with a local historian. Along the way, take in picturesque views of the city’s Inner Harbour and wander the streets, alleyways, and town squares of Old Town, Bastion Square, and Chinatown, while learning about Victoria's history. Plus, hear about its past scandals like opium smuggling.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Downtown Victoria’s Historical Heart: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

Downtown Victoria’s Historical Heart: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Discover the heart of British Colombia’s capital of Victoria as you embark on a self-guided walking tour through the city. Download the app on your phone and walk around town to hear about the story of the city, from its indigenous routes to the Victorian era to the present day. Sights you see include the Inner Harbor, the Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Chinatown.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Victoria Excursion from Vancouver by Helicopter and Sea Plane

Victoria Excursion from Vancouver by Helicopter and Sea Plane

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Travel from Vancouver to Victoria in style with round-trip flights across the Strait of Georgia, and make the most of your time by skipping long ferry lines. You’ll travel to the island by helicopter, with spectacular views of the coast and islands, then make the return trip by sea plane. Your flights between Vancouver and Victoria include pickup and drop-off at accommodations in Vancouver, with departure times that are tailored to your schedule.
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  • 8 hours
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Victoria Harbour: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Victoria Harbour: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Listen to a tour guide through your smartphone as you discover this historical section of Vancouver and the Inner Harbour. On this easy to walk 4 km (one way) tour you'll see a variety of historical sites, music venues, artisan shops and marine living that make up the harbour section of the city. Highlights include Chinatown, Market Square, Waddington Alley, Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings, Fisherman's Wharf and much more! Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play. The tour also comes with a fun location based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. Keep the professional tour guide experience, ditch the crowded tour groups, tight schedules and high prices. Enjoy anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop & start anywhere along route. Note: the number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour to.
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  • 2 hours
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Victoria Scavenger Hunt: Essential Victoria

Victoria Scavenger Hunt: Essential Victoria

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Butchart Gardens & City Highlights Half Day Private Tour Through a Locals Eyes

Butchart Gardens & City Highlights Half Day Private Tour Through a Locals Eyes

This is an excellent tour for those visiting Victoria for the first time. On this private tour, visit our beautiful Butchart Gardens and have time to explore our historic modern city. We will drive through Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods, see Craigdarroch Castle and the Government House. Stop to take photos of the Inner Harbour, spectacular Parliament Buildings and historic Empress Hotel. We will tour through Canada's oldest Chinatown and colourful Fisherman's Wharf. Sit back and enjoy a scenic drive to Butchart Gardens. You’ll Explore enchanting Butchart Gardens' flora and fauna at your own pace. There are many stops along the way to take photos. I can customize your tour to cater to your interests. Butchart Gardens tickets are not included you can purchase online at Butchart Gardens website or when we arrive at the gardens.
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  • 4 to 30 minutes
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Picturesque Victoria City Highlights Private Tour

Picturesque Victoria City Highlights Private Tour

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See the best of our historical to modern day city through a true locals eyes: the colourful Fisherman's Wharf house boat community, the regal Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings nestled within the inner harbour, eclectic Government Street, the LoJo art-filled shopping district, Canada's oldest Chinatown, see the ducks and peacocks at Beacon Hill Park and the world's tallest freestanding totem pole, and in Victoria's oldest neighbourhood we'll see the Government House and the Craigdarroch Castle - this is your day, stop and take photos along the way! We'll take a scenic waterfront drive stop at Mount Tolmie to take in a 360 degree view of the snow-capped mountains, city-scape, ocean and countryside.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Eat Like a Canadian Food & Sightseeing Tour

Eat Like a Canadian Food & Sightseeing Tour

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Surrounded by rich coastal waters and fertile soils, Victoria is a foodie’s dream destination—with traditional Canadian dishes and speciality treats the locals love. On this tour, delve into Victoria’s culinary scene and visit top food stops including the Fairmont Empress hotel, Fisherman's Wharf, Government Street, and the Inner Harbour. With your guide shining a light on the city’s history and culture, sample diverse treats such as cocktails, pastries, seafood, and more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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