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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

  • History and food tour of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Walk through the city in the company of a guide, who provides commentary and directions
  • Stop for six to eight food tastings of local products
Victoria Guided Food and History Tour
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This 2-hour tour begins at the Victoria Public Market and includes stops in Chinatown, Old Town and The Inner Harbour. There are 6-8 food tastings along the route included in the price.
2:00 Tour
This 2-hour tour begins at the Victoria Public Market and includes stops in Chinatown, Old Town and The Inner Harbour. There are 6-8 food tastings along the route included in the price.
Explore Victoria's history and culinary scene on this walking tour of the British Columbian city. Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between six and eight food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and other local products.
What to Expect
After meeting your guide at the Victoria Public Market, begin by tasting three local establishments within this historic building. Following this, you will learn about the historic sites of Chinatown including the Chinese Public School, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and Fan Tan Alley. Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and dates back to the early days of the Caribou Gold Rush in the 1860s, when Victoria was used as a staging point for miners heading north. There will be another tasting in Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada, and a chance to see the areas where illegal opium was traded in a shadier time of Victoria's history.

From Chinatown the tour moves to Victoria's Olde Town where there will be tastings in Market Square. Vibrant Market Square is a three level shopping area with activities going on within its inner courtyard on a regular basis. From Market Square, the tour will head to the shopping area of Lower Johnson Street or "LoJo" as the locals call it. The colorfully painted Victorian era buildings are a flashback to the time when this part of the city was the Red Light District in the late 1800s. Continuing in Olde Town, the tour visits Trounce Alley and Bastion Square for two more tastings.  These pedestrian-only areas have a lot of exciting stories, some which include ghosts, public executions and intrigue.

From here the tour will follow historic Government Street into the Inner Harbor where the two final tastings will take place.  The beautiful Inner Harbor of Victoria is flanked by the Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings, both designed by a Victorian legend, Francis Rattenbury.  Stories of early exploration, Victoria's political importance, and the draw of the city as a modern tourism center will be discussed as we wrap up the tour at a local food favorite in the harbor.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great Tour!

Lots of stops and a great bit of history along the way. I was so full when we were done! A great way to see Victoria!

Thank cathleentracy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Great introduction to Victoria

We decided to take this tour the morning after we arrived into Victoria and this was a good call as although there were the food tasting we were looking for Andy provided us with a good tour of the downtown/ Chinatown area as well and...More

Thank Neale1810
Reviewed 3 days ago
Host was Great! Food was Great, Interesting!

We went on the tour with Andy in the afternoon on 8/17/18. He was a very pleasant and engaging fellow who was obviously proud of his city. He showed us local finds that we wouldn't have found on our own. We did actually get full...More

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour!

Andy was a great guide. Walking, eating samples, and getting history tidbits...it’s a great combo! You leave feeling that you’ve eaten some food.

Thank Arthur_qx_shi
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Arthur, Thank you for the excellent feedback and kind words. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and I hope the rest of your time in Victoria went well. Sincerely, Andy

Reviewed 1 week ago
Do this on your 1st day!

I did this tour on the afternoon of my last day in Victoria & right away I knew I should have made this my 1st tour on my 1st day. Andy is really wonderful, knowledgeable, has a great relationship with his vendors, he's engaging &...More

1  Thank Angelina W
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Angelina, Thank you for the wonderful review and feedback. I agree that this tour is a great starting point for exploring my lovely city. I tend to take a food tour myself in every new city that I go to in order to get...More

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July 27, 2018|
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Response from GSAE | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest asking the company. However, my guess is that they won't run the tour with only 1 person, but they will it run it with 2 or more. The day we went, there was only my wife and me on the tour, so perhaps you... More
Donna M
June 27, 2018|
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Response from Dee W | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It was a fast, but excellent tour.
Susan A
June 9, 2018|
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Response from RMGJAG | Reviewed this property |
We rode the shuttle from the port to downtown. It dropped us off just a couple of blocks from public market. I think it was $6 ea RT.