A fully guided city 75 minute tour showcasing Victoria’s architectural jewels, amusing history and European sophistication. Plenty of opportunities are afforded to peruse century old Victorian shops and hidden alleyways offering a distinct advantage for experiencing the city’s best kept secrets. Victoria’s historical core is one of the best preserved and restored downtowns in North America. Relive yesteryear with your guide as he retells old stories while showing archived photographs from over 100 years ago. In Chinatown, be escorted through Fan Tan Alley where nearly 3,000 Chinese gambled away savings amidst the smoke of opium dens and factories. Taste the chocolate in Victoria’s finest antique store and visit the “Lojo” fashion district in its restored 19th century splendour. Your pedicab’s manoeuvrability and size allows guests to completely explore the colour, history and culture of this remarkable city.
- City Tour Area
You will meet your guide next to the Victoria Tourism Centre which is just across the street from the Empress Hotel at 721 Government Street. From here we will enter the heart of downtown and introduce the incredible history of Victoria. Taking advantage of wide sidewalk space we will get a close look at fine 19th century shops, even disembarking to see the insides. Eventually, we will enter the centre of Olde Town—an eclectic mix of buildings that once were the city’s first hotels and shops. Again the pedicab’s size will give us an opportunity to walk inside Market Square and have a great photo op of the city’s famous hanging baskets and flower displays. The next district is the oldest China Town in Canada. We will ramble through the alleys of Centennial Square, the Gates of Harmonious Interest and stop for a walk down Fan Tan Alley which is the narrowest “roadway” in the country. You will learn how the area was once the Opium Capital of North America and how the Chinese managed to elude the authorities in the many gambling dens. Guests will be encouraged to try their luck in a quick game of “Fan Tan”.
After leaving China Town the route hugs the harbour with sea views on one side and mid 19th century architecture on the other. As we approach the inner harbour again and the end of our tour, your guide will take you over to perch overlooking the Empress Hotel and Legislature for photo whilst seated on your pedicab.
While touring don’t forget to ask your guide for advice on some of the best eating and shopping spots in town.