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Government Street Tours and Activities

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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

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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$53.47
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Historical Victoria Walking Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.33
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Downtown Victoria Food & City Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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Chocolate & Churches Walking Tour

Chocolate & Churches Walking Tour

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Victoria has an abundance of two great things; beautiful historic churches and delicious chocolate. Join us on a guided walking tour that combines a history and an architectural tour of places of worship with a food tour where we will indulge in chocolate from local businesses. On this guided tour we will visit 3 places of worship including St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Andrew's Cathedral. Guests will hear stories of how they came to be and what makes them architecturally significant. Come hungry as we will visit six local businesses sure to satisfy the chocoholics in the group! Stops include historic Roger's Chocolates, Chocolats Favoris, Bon Macaron, Crust Bakery, La Taquisa, and the new Chocolate & Co, a collaborative shop of local chocolatiers. A perfect tour for history buffs and chocoholics!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching with Return to Vancouver by Seaplane

Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching with Return to Vancouver by Seaplane

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Get up close with the killer whales between Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia on this guided, full-day, whale-watching cruise. Climb aboard one of the finest whaling vessels in the industry to interact with a variety of whale species. See a wide variety of wildlife, like porpoises, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, blue herons and more. Then spend the afternoon exploring beautiful Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. At the end of the day, return to Vancouver by seaplane. Vancouver hotel or residence pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$611.45
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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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  • 2 hours
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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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$275.81
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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$4.96
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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
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$288.76
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Downtown Victoria’s Historical Heart: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

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

Explore Victoria’s history from its indigenous roots to the Victorian Era at your own pace with this affordable audio tour. • Take in the Inner Harbour where the city got its start and Victoria’s Chinatown which was once known for gambling and opium trade • Hear from producer Michele Davis whose passion for Victoria inspired her to lead guided tours – and to carefully craft this VoiceMap tour • Do it all in 90 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish • Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it • Use the virtual tour option at home Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code. The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just pop in your headphones and tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Should I book Government Street tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Government Street can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Government Street 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Government Street costs USD 4.96. Guided Government Street tours start around USD 4.96 per person.
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