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Government Street Tours

Government Street
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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Government Street runs through Downtown Victoria, between Douglas Street and Dallas Road. 
Address: Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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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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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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$412.00
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From
$412.00
per group

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$274.41
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From
$274.41
per group
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