Victoria, BC audio tour: Downtown Victoria: A Historic Walking Tour

Downtown Victoria: A Historic Walking Tour

Walking Tour

90 mins

About the Tour

Welcome to Victoria, a charming seaside city known for its English-style customs, abundant gardens, and friendly people. On this walking tour, I’ll show you around our most famous landmarks and share the history of the people who were instrumental in the making of Victoria.

You’ll hear about the Lekwungen First Nations, and Fort Victoria’s ties to colonization. I’ll tell you the scandalous tale of a famous architect who built British Columbia’s striking Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and Grand Empress Hotel, and other quirky tidbits involving pirates, public hangings, and Canada’s narrowest street.

Along the way, you’ll become familiar with:

• The Inner Harbour, where you’ll find the legislative building and the Grand Empress Hotel
• Old Town Victoria, now a hip and trendy shopping district
• Chinatown and the plight of the first Chinese immigrants to land in Canada
• Victoria’s oldest shops, banks, and pubs

This 90-minute tour begins and ends at the Inner Harbour. There are plenty of restaurants, pubs and shopping opportunities along the way if you have the time to stretch your day.

Tour Producer


Michele Davis

Hi there,

My hometown is Charming Victoria, British Columbia on the West Coast of Canada. I love my city so much that I became a private tour guide. I'm known as That Girl in Victoria. Promoting the city and local shops.

Discovering Voice Map is so exciting, allowing me to share what I love about my city with even more people. I love to travel and am looking forward to taking other Voice Map tours around the world.

Major Landmarks

  • Victoria's Inner Harbour

  • BC Legislative Building

  • Empress Hotel

  • Bastion Square

  • Old Town Victoria

  • China Town

  • Government Street

Directions to Starting Point

This Tour begins at the Victoria Visitor Center located at the north end of the Inner Harbour on the corner of Government Street and Humbolt street. You will recognize it with a tall tower-like structure with a clock on its roof and a large Canadian flag on the corner. The best place to park would be any one of the parkades nearby. Street parking is limited and time restrictive.

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Places to stop along the way

You may want to allow time to explore the interior of the Legislative Building, the Empress Hotel and take time somewhere in between for a lunch or coffee break.
There are plenty of places to eat and shop along the way.

Best time of day

The best time to do this tour is during the day, anytime from about 9:00 am to 6:00. China Town and many shops downtown close at 6:00 most of the year. With Victoria's mild Climate this tour is suitable year-round. But in winter be sure to dress warm and carry an umbrella.


There are bike lanes throughout the cities downtown core. Take caution when crossing streets and always' check for cyclists. Victoria's weather can sometimes be unpredictable from one moment to the next and you will be traveling along the Ocean for parts of this tour. Dress in layers, suitable for the season.


Excellent! Very informative. I never noticed the 1/2’s before in the Chinatown addresses. This was such a unique and interesting piece of history to learn about. Also, thanks for all the shop recommendations along the way!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 5 months ago

You are welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Even Locals will find something they didn't know before. There are so many interesting little gems to be discovered in Victoria. Glad I could share a few new ones with you.

Posted by Michele , 5 months ago

I loved the tour! Have been to Victoria many times but have missed so much! This tour is full of amazing, funny and even shocking facts! Really enjoyed it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 5 months ago

History tours can sometimes be a bit dry, so glad you enjoyed the eyebrow-raising stuff I've sprinkled throughout. Please share my tour with your friends who might be coming to Victoria - that would be appreciated. And on your next visit watch for the up and coming driving tour - now in the works.

Posted by Michele , 5 months ago

Speaker was clear and easy to understand, and kept us engaged throughout this whole tour. Lots of knowledge and great stories. Would highly recommend if you’re visiting Victoria BC

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 5 months ago

Thanks for the review, I'm so glad you enjoyed it

Posted by Michele , 5 months ago
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Downtown Victoria: A Historic Walking Tour