Vancouver Island

Historical Victoria Walking Tour

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Historical Victoria Walking Tour

From $15.97

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • The tour is an inexpensive addition to a day of sightseeing
  • This comprehensive tour is ideal for first-time visitors
  • Headsets are provided to help you hear the guide clearly
  • Wear comfortable shoes; a moderate amount of walking is involved

What's Included

  • Professional local guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 812 Wharf St
    812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

    Meet your guide (wearing red) outside the main doors of the Visitor Information Centre at 812 Wharf St.

End point

  • Victoria’s Chinatown National Historic Site
    500 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 1R4, Canada

What To Expect

Inner Harbour

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Government Street

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Bastion Square

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Market Square

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fan Tan Alley

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A moderate amount of walking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No health restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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111 reviews
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Highlight of our trip to...
Lindsey_S, Jul 2023
Highlight of our trip to Victoria. Our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend 100%
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thanks for your review and for your recommendation.
Great Experience!
Zoran_M, Jun 2023
History walks tour was the highlight of our stay in Victoria. It was great experiences,we learned a lot and we would highly recomend it to everyone.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thanks for letting us know that our history tour was the highlight of your stay in Victoria, and that you learned a lot.
Victoria walking tour
Joan_C, Jun 2023
Chris did a fabulous job of bringing the colorful history Victoria to life! It was a beautiful day - we really enjoyed it!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
We're glad that you joined Chris on his Victoria's history tour. As you mentioned, Victoria's story is rather colorful. It's even better when the weather is so beautiful.
Very enjoyable!
Bonnie_L, Jan 2023
Headsets most helpful. Guide John provided lots of info at a nice pace. His interest in his subject added to mine!
Best guided historical tour ever
Tony_V, Nov 2022
This was a very comprehensive explanation of the history of the Victoria area of Vancouver Island. My wife and I really appreciated starting the story with the indigenous people who lived in the area for thousands of years prior to European settlement. When we finished we felt we had been given an accurate and concise overview of how Victoria became the place it is today. In the top two of tours of this kind that we have participated in.
Great walking tour of Victoria
john_r, Nov 2022
Very pleasant time learning the history and culture of Victoria. Highly recommend Chris was a knowledgeable and charismatic guide.
Learning about the...
Rene_M, Nov 2022
Learning about the indigenous people in Victoria B.C. and how the area was colonized by the British.
Great tour!
MaryAnn_D, Aug 2022
Aiden was very knowledgeable, engaging and personable. He was passionate about the history of Victoria and graciously answered questions. We really enjoyed this walking tour!
Excellent, knowledgeable...
stacy_w, Aug 2022
Excellent, knowledgeable guide. Loved the headsets he gave everyone so it made hearing him super easy.
A visual tour, with lots of interesting history !
Marcia_M, Jul 2022
The entire tour was great. Our tour guide was friendly, very knowledgeable, a historian, and obviously loved what he was doing.
Our guide was exceptional...
Louise_M, Jul 2022
Our guide was exceptional and very knowledgeable. Passionate about Victorias history. The headsets provided make the tour so enjoyable as he can talk while we walked. It was a fantastic tour!
Victoria 102
Reuben_J, Jun 2022
Tour. Guide really gave a comprehensive of the history of Victoria that left me in wonderment of over 10,000 years of history in s one and half fun tour.
90 min downtown tour
Sheri_B, May 2022
Excellent overview by local tour guide John…. Do this at the beginning of your visit to Victoria. Your new knowledge will enrich your stay in Victoria.
A very interesting and...
Jacqueline_K, Mar 2022
A very interesting and knowledgeable interpreter. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour! The heating devices made sure I didn’t miss a thing
Interesting and Fun tour of Victoria’s past
Laurie_B, Feb 2022
The historical walking tour guide- Brynne was exceptional. Very clear, dramatic and fun story telling of Victoria’s past . We covered a lot of ground literally and figuratively .
Well worth it
Arthur_E, Aug 2020
Informative, interesting, low key, erudite. Just what I like in a short historical tour. Our guide connected well with the group.
A faire absolument !
Brigitte_R, Aug 2022
Visite très intéressante, mêlant histoire et anecdotes. Les rues de Victoria recèlent des secrets maintenant dévoilés. Guide passionné, plein d'humour !

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