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Victoria, British Columbia

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Our most recommended Victoria, British Columbia Sightseeing Walking Tours

Victoria: Downtown Food and City Tour

1. Victoria: Downtown Food and City Tour

Get out and about in downtown Victoria for an artisan food guided walking tour. Meet up with your local guide and get the in-the-know secrets of the foodie scene. Make several stops as you sightsee around the town, tasting delicious snacks and sampling local wines. First, meet inside the Steamship Terminal Building to begin your tour with a light snack. Stroll past the most iconic building of Victoria's inner harbor, and learn the history of the Empress Hotel and Legislature building. Make stops at 7 different foodie locations, and taste anything from Artisan wine from British Columbian wineries to unique Korean corn dogs. Try the halloumi kale salad, and sample some delicious cheese samples from the infamous cheese bistro. Don't worry, at the end, delight in a local dessert of decadent chocolate paired with fresh macarons.

Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

2. 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.

6-Hour Victoria to Cowichan Wine Tour

3. 6-Hour Victoria to Cowichan Wine Tour

Join one of the highest rated wine tours in British Columbia.  Interact directly with the winery teams and enjoy your own private group tastings.  This tour is a must see for anyone who loves wine or just wants a day of relaxation in the Cowichan Valley. All tastings are included as well as a BBQ burger and salad lunch.  See three of the top rated wineries in the Cowichan Valley. Sample Itinerary: 9:45 AM: Registration - Pickup at 660 Oswego St, Victoria, BC at the passenger loading zone 10:00 AM: Leave for Enrico10:40 AM: Lookout photo stop at the top of the Malahat11:00 AM: Enrico Tasting and Lunch12:15 PM: Leave for Blue Grouse12:30 PM: Tasting at Blue Grouse1:30 PM: Leave for Unsworth1:45 PM: Behind the scenes wine tour at Unsworth - Group choice of Vineyard or Bottling 2:15 PM: Tasting at Unsworth3:00 PM: Leave for Home4:00 PM: 660 Oswego Street Dropoff Each Victoria wine tour starts or ends with a behind the scenes tour led by one of the winery partners. See the difference a guided tour makes. The guides have put together the perfect schedule for your group that gives you enough time to enjoy each unique Vancouver Island winery.  Your also have scheduled tastings times with each winery days in advance.  Wineries can get extremely busy during the peak and on weekends, your group will be in front of the line. The winery partners are expecting you.

Victoria Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

4. Victoria Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. Please contact the tour provider if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

5. Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

Enjoy a truly unique guided nature walk, where you will embark on a relaxed, mindfulness-based stroll through the wild enchantment of a west coast temperate rainforest. A whole lot more than just a walk in the park, these tours are very experiential in nature, with structured activities grounded in the principles of forest bathing and nature mysticism. Your tour starts with a brief introduction to forest bathing and nature mysticism. You will be introduced to a unique philosophy or mindset that involves a deliberate acknowledgment of nature with suggestions on how to show your gratitude.  You will be invited to set an intention of what you would like to receive from the forest during your tour (e.g. insight, healing, stress reduction). Upon entering the forest, you will learn about Vancouver Island’s West Coast Temperate Rainforests – seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and listening to the vibrant presence and ecosystem that brings the rainforest to life. Now that you are grounded, your forest bathing and nature mysticism experience can begin.

Victoria: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Victoria: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Victoria. Explore the city at your own pace and see iconic highlights like Parliament Building, Fairmont Empress, and many more.  You will receive the download instructions after booking the tour. After downloading the app to the Steamship Terminal and use the code to unlock the game in the app.  Use the hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks with a lot of creativity. You will get points if you master the snapshots. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee or a break at any time. Stroll through the picturesque streets and discover the real Victoria on this fun tour while working as a team. 

Victoria: 2-Hour History and Highlights Bike Tour

7. Victoria: 2-Hour History and Highlights Bike Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Victoria on a segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your bike and helmet, and then head off to discover some of Victoria's most iconic landmarks, including Chinatown, Craigdarroch Castle, and Beacon Hill Park. The itinerary includes a ride along the scenic Dallas waterfront and a visit to unique neighborhoods like Moss Rock, Cook Street Village, and artistic Fernwood. As you discover the city, learn why Victoria has earned the moniker of Most Livable City in Canada.

Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour with Trivia

8. Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour with Trivia

Begin in the heart of Victoria's Chinatown where you can check out Fan Tan Alley before making your way through the colorful and historic downtown center. Listen to information about some of Victoria's heritage buildings in the Market Square. Check out some unique architectural features like Waddington Alley and the Johnson Street Bridge. Stop for a bite at Murchie's Tea & Coffee, Garrick's Head Saloon, or Rogers Chocolates before heading to the beautiful inner harbor. Stroll along the water while you marvel at sites like the Grand Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, the Parliament Buildings, and the Steamship Terminal. Walk David Foster Pathway and listen to the facinating commentary. Explore Thunderbird Park and Songhees Point and hear about the different people and creatures that call Victoria their home. Visit as many sights and attractions as you like at your own pace. Save your data with an offline tour.

Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

9. Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tour the romantic and exciting city of Victoria on a self-guided tour. Learn about the city's fascinating history and how it has progressed into the capital of British Columbia. This audio tour will show you the incredible Royal BC Museum, where you are able to see many exhibits and features that make up Victoria. Walk through one of the oldest and vibrant Chinatown's in North America. Then visit other stops such as the Inner Harbour Centre, BC Parliament Building, Emily Carr House, Bastion Square, Fan Tan Alley, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, Tallest Totem in Victoria, and Mile Zero. Enjoy a memorable tour which encompasses all the highlights of this amazing city. As a self-guided audio tour, you have the power to control your experience. Set the pace and take in the atmosphere.

Victoria: Modern Chinatown Food and History Tour with Guide

10. Victoria: Modern Chinatown Food and History Tour with Guide

Discover the history and dining scene of the oldest Chinatown in Canada on this walking tour with a local guide. Explore traditional restaurants and try authentic tacos, craft beer, a wide variety of Chinese food, and more. Start your tour off at the bustling Victoria Public Market where you'll get to taste the farm-to-table soup and authentic Italian arancini. Then, emerge into Chinatown and listen as your guide talks about the neighborhood's long-standing history. Stop at the Chinese Public School and work your way down the bustling Fisgard Street. Along the way, try a traditionally-baked Char Sui bun. You'd also get to enjoy a savory pork bun and visit Maiiz Nixtamel for authentic tacos. Next, savor a delightful fresh pastry before passing through the infamous Fan Tan Alley. Venture further down to Lower Johnson Street for some fried dumplings before ending your tour at Whistle Buoy Brewery to sip on craft beer or soda.

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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Andy was an excellent tour guide. He loves Victoria! The tour covers the central Victoria downtown including Chinatown and Old Town. The food tastings were wonderful. They included a meatball, matcha tea, French pastry (in Chinatown!), southern biscuits, peirogi, and Roger's chocolates. (Rogers provides chocolates to the Queen.)

We had great fun doing this scavenger hunt. Even though we have visited Victoria numerous times we found the tour took us to new spots and interesting new facts about the area. I would absolutely recommend this tour and will look for similar in other cities.

Excellent tour to learn history and find some off the path food gems, tour director was quite knowledgeable regarding both food and history. Another nice touch was involving each food venue owner and/or chef to explain their particular speciality.

The food was terrific, the history interesting and the guide entertaining.

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