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Victoria Chinatown Tours

Victoria Chinatown
First established in the mid-19th century, Victoria Chinatown is among North America’s oldest. Now a National Historic Site, Victoria’s Chinatown is home to cafes, studios, herbalists, tea rooms, and shops, as well as the narrow Fan Tan Alley, which measures 35 inches (88.9 centimeters) wide at its narrowest point. 

The Basics
Chinatown is one of Downtown Victoria’s most characterful neighborhoods, and you can stop by independently or as part of multiple city sightseeing tours. Some walking tours focus on history, making stops the 1909-built Chinese Public School, Gate of Harmonious Interest, and Fan Tan Alley, where shops sell paper lanterns, jewelry, and fruits. Dine in Chinatown to sample Asian foods including dim sum, dumplings, noodles, and barbecue pork—or visit on a food tour of Victoria.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Chinatown is a must for history buffs and foodies.
  • Bring your camera—the lantern-strung Fan Tan Alley is an Instagram-worthy backdrop.
  • Come ready to shop: Chinatown is a great place to buy gifts, souvenirs, and artisan goods. 
  • Compact Victoria’s Chinatown can be easily explored on foot. 

How to Get There
Chinatown is centered around Fisgard Street between Government and Store streets in Downtown Victoria. It takes about 30 minutes to drive the 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, where BC Ferries operate services between Victoria and Vancouver.

When to Get There
Go in the day when the shops are open. One of the best times to visit is for the annual Lunar New Year, which typically falls between mid-January and mid-February. Music, decorations, and special New Year’s menus are part of the festivities. 

What Else to See in Downtown Victoria
Chinatown is part of Downtown Victoria, making it easy to combine a visit with other key city attractions. The Royal BC Museum—about a half-mile (1 kilometer) from Chinatown—features exhibits on the Chinese settlement in Victoria. Neighboring Market Square offers even more shopping opportunities, with independent boutiques and a Sunday flea market in summer. 
Address: Government and Fisgard Streets, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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17 Tours and Activities to Experience Victoria Chinatown

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Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

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Explore the city of Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens on this half-day guided tour. On the way to the gardens, stop at several attractions including Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, and Mount Tolmie Park. While at the Butchart Gardens, take in the impressive floral displays and the many theme gardens. On the return trip, visit Chinatown, Parliament, and the Empress Hotel.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$334.65
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$334.65
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4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
Price varies by group size

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

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Explore the beautifully historic center of Victoria, then trade downtown streets for the flower-lined paths of Butchart Gardens on a half-day, private tour of the city. You'll start with a trip to Fisherman's Wharf, then see the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, and Craigdarroch Castle, following scenic roads through the Vancouver Island countryside. With departures throughout the day, this tour of Victoria highlights is priced per vehicle, and can be tailored to your private group of up to seven people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$356.16
per group
From
$356.16
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The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria

The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria

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Make the most of your visit to Victoria by seeing  many of the area’s highlights in just one day. This private tour packs in top sights including, Butchart Gardens, one of Canada’s oldest Chinatown neighborhoods, Craigdarroch Castle, and the famed Parliament Buildings. Plus, you’ll even have time to stop at a local winery to experience British Columbia’s burgeoning wine scene. Round-trip transportation is also included for an added convenience.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$551.19
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From
$551.19
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Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City with High Tea at Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a two and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees, as well as a classic British Style High Tea with mouth-watering scones, delicious pastries, savory chowder, exquisite tea sandwiches, sumptuous desserts, and a selection of fine teas. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
Price varies by group size
From
$250.00
Price varies by group size

2-Hour Grand City Tour

2-Hour Grand City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
From
$100.00
Price varies by group size

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Butchart Gardens and City Tour covers some of the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
From
$150.00
Price varies by group size

Time Efficient Luxury City Tour of Victoria

Time Efficient Luxury City Tour of Victoria

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If you are short on time, but eager to see the most beautiful spots in Victoria, this is the tour for you. Have your camera ready for stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, the Lieutenant Governor’s estate, and Oak Bay Village and Marina. Get your small group together and enjoy this guided tour through all the gorgeous scenery of Victoria.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$203.52
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$203.52
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$262.48
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$262.48
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

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Capture lasting memories of your vacation in Victoria by hiring a private photographer for a one-hour shoot. You'll have your choice of a variety of scenic routes, with stops for professional photos along the way. Around 30 high-res photographs will be available to you within five days of your photo shoot.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$350.00
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From
$350.00
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Guided Luxury City Tour of Victoria

Guided Luxury City Tour of Victoria

Capital of British Columbia, Victoria sits on Vancouver Island—with beautiful Victorian architecture and sweeping coastal views. Ideal for visitors short on time, this flexible sightseeing tour starts any time between 8am and 8pm, and takes in top attractions such as Beacon Hill Park, Chinatown, and 19th-century Craigdarroch Castle. Stop throughout your tour to capture the city on camera, with round-trip travel from your Victoria hotel included.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.24
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$110.24
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Enjoy A Private Tour of Beautiful Victoria!

Enjoy A Private Tour of Beautiful Victoria!

We provide a personal experience with a friendly, professional tour guide in a large luxury 14 passenger van!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.29
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$169.29
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Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

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Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$412.61
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Victoria and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Victoria, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$544.88
per group
From
$544.88
per group

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Victoria

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Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Victoria and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Victoria, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$272.44
per group
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$272.44
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Victoria Drive and Explore Tour - Private Tour

Victoria Drive and Explore Tour - Private Tour

Your private tour takes you to beautiful heritage and scenic places. Learn interesting stories from your guide. From Totem Poles park to the oldest China Town in Canada. Explore Victoria's Inner harbour with famous Empress Hotel, venture on a drive along spectacular Juan de Fuca Strait, and visit colourful Fisherman's Wharf. Our local guides are warm and welcoming and very knowledgable. Take time to browse through unique and eclectic shops near in Oak Bay village or Downtown Victoria. We will be driving from one exciting place to another, with suggestions and a chance to walk and photograph, or sit and take in the city at your leisure. You will learn some interesting facts and hear stories (if you'd like), about Victoria, British Columbia's history and culture. This tour is customized for your interests and your. This private tours are personalized to your interests and activity level for a great overview of the city of Victoria, British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$519.70
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$519.70
per group
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Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$274.81
per group
From
$274.81
per group
Taking safety measures

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