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Historical Chinatown Walk
Historical Chinatown Walk

Delve into the colourful past of Canada’s oldest Chinatown in Victoria, British Columbia. This guided walking tour will lead you through the streets and storied allies of the historic neighborhood, as your historian/guide tells you the fascinating, sometimes tragic tales of the people who helped build the city and shape Canada as well as modern China.

  • Get an immersive tour of Victoria’s Chinatown based on historic research
  • Learn about the history as you discover all contemporary Chinatown offers
  • Mobile listening aids help you hear the guide clearly
  • Tour is approximately 90 minutes. Please dress for the weather

What To Expect

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.

Victoria Chinese Public School (Pass By)
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.

Fan Tan Alley
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.