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Victoria, British Columbia Culture & history

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Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

1. Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

Join your guide at the Victoria Public Market, an old department store from 1921. After the first tasting at this location, make your way to Canada's oldest Chinatown and discover the Chinese Public School, Gates of Harmonious Interest and Fan Tan Alley. Moving on after 3 tastings in Chinatown, you will discover Victoria's Old Town district with stops at Market Square, Johnson Street, Bastion Square, and the Government Street shopping district.  After 3 more local tastings, you will finish the tour at the Visitor Center in the beautiful Inner Harbour. Here, learn about the Empress Hotel and the British Columbia legislative buildings (Provincial Parliament).  From this location, you will be well-positioned to discover the rest of Victoria or access local transportation to the cruise ship terminal, ferry or airport.

Victoria: City Exploration In-App Audio Guide

2. Victoria: City Exploration In-App Audio Guide

Welcome to Victoria, a charming seaside city known for its English-style customs, abundant gardens, and friendly people. On this walking tour, I’ll show you around our most famous landmarks and share the history of the people who were instrumental in the making of Victoria. You’ll hear about the Lekwungen First Nations, and Fort Victoria’s ties to colonization. I’ll tell you the scandalous tale of a famous architect who built British Columbia’s striking Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and Grand Empress Hotel, and other quirky tidbits involving pirates, public hangings, and Canada’s narrowest street. Along the way, you’ll become familiar with: • The Inner Harbour, where you’ll find the legislative building and the Grand Empress Hotel • Old Town Victoria, now a hip and trendy shopping district • Chinatown and the plight of the first Chinese immigrants to land in Canada • Victoria’s oldest shops, banks, and pubs This 90-minute tour begins and ends at the Inner Harbour. There are plenty of restaurants, pubs and shopping opportunities along the way if you have the time to stretch your day.

Victoria: Chocolate and Churches Foodie Walking Tour

3. Victoria: Chocolate and Churches Foodie Walking Tour

Known for it's historic chocolate shops, bean-to-bar chocolate makers, and vast amount of bakeries, Victoria is a city that loves chocolate. The tour also explores historic ecclesiastical architecture and visits three places of worship including St. Andrew's Presbyterian church, Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Andrew's Catholic Cathedral. A tour perfect for history buffs or chocoholics. Meet your guide at the historic Steamship Terminal Building then stroll along the waterfront learning more about the history of downtown Victoria. Then visit Roger's Chocolates, Canada's oldest and most haunted chocolate shop. Here the tour samples a variety of their chocolate treats, including their original Victoria Cream. Then walk to Government Street and visit Chocolats Favoris, a traditional French chocolatier that is famous for its rich variety of chocolate fondues and dipped ice cream cones. Bon Macaron is next on the tour, where you can sample two chocolate-infused macarons. Then, take a break, and wander by St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, founded in 1890, and was built to look like a gothic Scottish castle. Continue to Christ Church Cathedral and see where Winston Churchill laid a stone for the church's north tower in 1929. After strolling along the city's oldest cemetery, the tour visits a gorgeous Catholic cathedral built in 1893. Afterward, indulge in more chocolate samples including a surprise savory mole sauce, a rich Dutch chocolate pastry, handmade chocolate truffles, and a decadent drinking chocolate.

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4.8 / 5

based on 56 reviews

The tour was so interesting and informative. It was a really great way to experience many different types of food while seeing so many hidden gems in Victoria. I was traveling alone and this was a great way to see some sites, eat some amazing local food (which I went back to later!) and meet really cool travellers at the same time!

Andy was great and so was the tour. He has about 18 vendors on his list and he rotates daily to 7 or 8 of them. All we visited were terrific and we were very full at the end - just a salad for dinner, thanks! Highly recommended !!!!!!!

Andy was a great tour guide. He's very passionate about food and history which is translated well into the tour. We had a good selection of foods and enjoyed a nice walk downtown Victoria on a beautiful day!

Excellent time spent sampling different foods and interesting historical information of the area. Highly recommend

Finished full of interesting food, local historical facts, and people encounters.