3. Victoria: 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour
Explore Victoria's must-see landmarks and establishments on a fun tips-based walking tour. Victoria is filled with stories that will connect you to its history, architecture, triumphs, and shortcomings. You will hear tales of local legends and guide you to the cities most interesting spots. The tour is filled with recommendations & tips to ensure you get the most out of your trip to Victoria! We start this tour at the BC Legislature Building in front of the Victoria's War Memorial. Your guide will make introductions and go over the expectations for the tour. We find that some guests most enjoyable part of our tours is the opportunity to meet other like-minded and friendly travelers, your guide will make this process easy. Your guide will take you through the legislature grounds, going over the notable sights within. After wrapping the grounds you will cross the street to the Royal BC Museum where you will be introduced to the rich history and culture of the Indigenous that shaped this city, province, and country. For a special happenstance enter the longhouse for a immersive experience with a local indigenous leader. After you will walk over to the Empress hotel, it's name will provide you with a deeper understanding of Victoria, how it came to be and why you may see peacocks about. Across from the Empress hotel is the gorgeous harbor-front where you might catch the world famous water ballet. Continue into the inner downtown of Victoria along Government Street and allow your guide to point out some of their favorite recommendations. Be sure to ask your guide if you're looking for something in particular! Here your guide will amaze you with insights to some a famous poet that lived in Victoria and amazed the world with his literature. Next is Bastion Square, a place with more than a few spooky tales. Bastion Square leads to one of the oldest original built streets in the city, and you'll find out why when you get there. This street takes you to Market Square, a hotspot for unique boutiques that is a must to return to after your tour. Your guide will take you to places the locals aren't even aware of. A beautiful hidden garden for a photo op and then over to the countries oldest Chinatown, and most famously Fan Tan Alley, that made a name for itself when slew of explicit acts were legal in harbor city at the turn of the 19th century. Your knowledgeable local guide will share their personal perspective of this beautiful city. We encourage our guests to get to know everyone in the group and ask any pressing questions they just need to know. To end your guide will lead you to Centennial Square, where you can leave your guide with a gratuity that best reflects your experience. We recommend $25/person, and accept cash or credit card. Be sure to ask your guide for any remaining recommendations or how to get to your next event. Finally say goodbye to Victoria's best first day activity.