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Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Experience Victoria in a unique way on board an open-top double-decker bus. Depart from right outside the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel then set off on a hop-on-hop-off tour to explore this charming city. From China Town to Oak Bay there is something for everyone.  As you ride the bus, listen to the fully narrated tour and gain an in-depth understanding of Victoria's local history and best attractions. Feel free to hop-off the bus at 15 different stop destinations - giving you an array of options to explore the city further.  Stops include Empress Hotel, Delta Hotel/Songhees Point, Chinatown (Old Town), Bastion Square, Steamship Terminal, Coast Hotel/David Foster Walkway, Fisherman's Wharf, Ogden Point (Breakwater), Beacon Hill Park, Christ Church Cathedral, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and Cook Street Village.

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.

Victoria: 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

3. Victoria: 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

Explore Victoria's must-see landmarks and establishments on a fun tips-based walking tour. Victoria is filled with stories that will connect you to its history, architecture, triumphs, and shortcomings. You will hear tales of local legends and guide you to the cities most interesting spots. The tour is filled with recommendations and tips to ensure you get the most out of your trip to Victoria. Start this tour at the BC Legislature Building in front of the Victoria's War Memorial. Your guide will make introductions and go over the expectations for the tour. Your guide will take you through the legislature grounds, going over the notable sights within. After wrapping the grounds you will cross the street to the Royal BC Museum where you will be introduced to the rich history and culture of the Indigenous people that shaped this city, province, and country. For a special happenstance enter the longhouse for an immersive experience with a local indigenous leader. After you will walk over to the Empress hotel, it's name will provide you with a deeper understanding of Victoria, how it came to be and why you may see peacocks about. Across from the Empress hotel is the gorgeous harbor-front where you might catch the world famous water ballet. Continue into the inner downtown of Victoria along Government Street and allow your guide to point out some of their favourite recommendations. Be sure to ask your guide if you're looking for something in particular. Here your guide will amaze you with insights into the life of a famous poet that lived in Victoria and amazed the world with his literature. Next is Bastion Square, a place with more than a few spooky tales. Bastion Square leads to one of the oldest original built streets in the city, and you'll find out why when you get there. This street takes you to Market Square, a hotspot for unique boutiques that is a must to return to after your tour. Your guide will take you to places the locals aren't even aware of. A beautiful hidden garden for a photo op and then over to the countries oldest Chinatown, and most famously Fan Tan Alley, that made a name for itself when slew of explicit acts were legal in harbor city at the turn of the 19th century. Your knowledgeable local guide will share their personal perspective of this beautiful city and it is encouraged that guests get to know everyone in the group.

Victoria: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

4. Victoria: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know Victoria at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Parliament Building", "Fairmont Empress", "Fan Fan Alley" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Steamship Terminal” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at Gate of Harmonious Interest. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

5. Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

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: City Exploration In-App Audio Guide

6. Victoria: City Exploration In-App Audio Guide

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.

Bike Victoria: 3-hour City Highlights Tour & coastal ride

7. Bike Victoria: 3-hour City Highlights Tour & coastal ride

Hello! Congratulations on finding the best way to experience Victoria. Let me give you a brief overview of the tour. First, meet your friendly local guide at Sports Rent BC and get fitted on the most comfortable bikes in the city. Next we'll go over safety precautions and introduce ourselves, don't worry, the guide will have a few icebreakers to calm the nerves. We find that one of the best parts of our tours is meeting other like-minded travelers from around the world. Before you know it, the calm ocean breeze will be on your cheeks as we cruise through Victoria's Downtown. We'll make our way out of the downtown core through the inner harbor and then to Fort Street. This is a longer portion of biking but it gives us the opportunity to get comfortable on the bikes while on a smooth designated bike path. It will lead to a major highlight of the city, Craigdarroch Castle. You'll have the opportunity to rest from the hill we just climbed while taking pictures and listening to the history of the magnificent piece of architecture. Once we've caught our breath, we'll whistle our way down the residential streets to Government House. Here we can take a stroll through the Victorian Rose Garden and snap a few more shots for the gram. This 36 acre estate was founded in 1865 and is the official residence of the lieutenant governor. The gardens will amaze you as the hidden corners are filled with surprises. Through a few more residential streets and you'll be in Beacon Hill Park, this city is nicknamed the City of Gardens for a reason. Try to find moss lady amongst the nature filled park, and if that's to difficult say hello to a friendly peacock instead. Then, from amongst the trees, you'll see the World's Tallest Free-Standing Totem Pole at 127 feet. Next is the fun downhill to the waters edge. Dallas road carries us along the waterfront to meet our favourite Canadian; the Terry Fox Memorial. Here you will learn of the inspirational story that continues to wow Canada and the World. Terry Fox is a young man that was diagnosed with cancer, and well, I'll let the tour guide tell the rest. After a heart wrenching story you can let the ocean wind dry your tears as you make your when to Odgen Point, where you'll see the Ogden Point Sundial, The First Nations Breakwater Murals, and Breakwater Lighthouse. It's a quick ride through James Bay, a beautiful residential neighbourhood which takes you to Fishermans Wharf. Here, your guide will enlighten you with their top recommendations for the most delicious food available to you after the tour. This place is worth coming back to. The last leg of the tour will bring you back into Victoria's downtown where you'll have the opportunity to take pictures of the incredible architecture of the BC Legislature Building, Fairmont Empress, and the Johnson Street Bridge! Upon your return, say goodbye to new friends, and be sure to leave your guide with a tip & detailed review. We're excited to read all about it.

Victoria, BC: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

8. Victoria, BC: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Step into the shoes of a newly-minted detective, tasked by Commander Mahoney to solve a gripping case... murder on the streets of Victoria. During this crime solving audio adventure, you'll visit each of the 10 locations marked on the map, either in person or virtually via the web version (included). You'll have the choice to experience the downtown area with the walking map, or go with the driving route on the outskirts of the city. Once you choose, the exact starting point will be revealed. *See images for route New for 2024, you'll also have the option of exploring the downtown area from your couch while playing the web version on any browser enabled device (PC, tablet, cast to Smart TV). You'll park or stop at each location, listen to the audio story and put your detective skills to the test by gathering clues and piecing together the evidence. At the end, you'll make your deductions and issue an arrest warrant. Your all around detective skills will be tested too, culminating in a Case Performance Score to gauge your sleuthing prowess. Suitable for solo detectives, dynamic duos, or groups of mystery enthusiasts, this game will have you immersed in an audio tale full of intrigue. The game awaits, detective – are you prepared to crack the case?

Experience Victoria Walking Tour

9. Experience Victoria Walking Tour

A stroll in the City of Gardens that’s sure to fascinate and entertain. On this 2 hour guided walking tour eplore Old Town, Canada's oldest Chinatown, Wharf St, Bastion Square, and the Inner Harbour and much more. Stroll past the Royal BC Museum, BC Legislative Buildings, Thunderbird Park, and the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. Your guide will share with you the tall stories and history of the area and an insider’s knowledge of the city of Victoria. A fantastic way to see the city through a local's eyes, and see places you'd want to revisit.

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British Columbia Parliament Buildings: Our most recommended tours and activities

Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Experience Victoria in a unique way on board an open-top double-decker bus. Depart from right outside the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel then set off on a hop-on-hop-off tour to explore this charming city. From China Town to Oak Bay there is something for everyone.  As you ride the bus, listen to the fully narrated tour and gain an in-depth understanding of Victoria's local history and best attractions. Feel free to hop-off the bus at 15 different stop destinations - giving you an array of options to explore the city further.  Stops include Empress Hotel, Delta Hotel/Songhees Point, Chinatown (Old Town), Bastion Square, Steamship Terminal, Coast Hotel/David Foster Walkway, Fisherman's Wharf, Ogden Point (Breakwater), Beacon Hill Park, Christ Church Cathedral, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and Cook Street Village.

Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

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.

Victoria: 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

Victoria: 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

Explore Victoria's must-see landmarks and establishments on a fun tips-based walking tour. Victoria is filled with stories that will connect you to its history, architecture, triumphs, and shortcomings. You will hear tales of local legends and guide you to the cities most interesting spots. The tour is filled with recommendations and tips to ensure you get the most out of your trip to Victoria. Start this tour at the BC Legislature Building in front of the Victoria's War Memorial. Your guide will make introductions and go over the expectations for the tour. Your guide will take you through the legislature grounds, going over the notable sights within. After wrapping the grounds you will cross the street to the Royal BC Museum where you will be introduced to the rich history and culture of the Indigenous people that shaped this city, province, and country. For a special happenstance enter the longhouse for an immersive experience with a local indigenous leader. After you will walk over to the Empress hotel, it's name will provide you with a deeper understanding of Victoria, how it came to be and why you may see peacocks about. Across from the Empress hotel is the gorgeous harbor-front where you might catch the world famous water ballet. Continue into the inner downtown of Victoria along Government Street and allow your guide to point out some of their favourite recommendations. Be sure to ask your guide if you're looking for something in particular. Here your guide will amaze you with insights into the life of a famous poet that lived in Victoria and amazed the world with his literature. Next is Bastion Square, a place with more than a few spooky tales. Bastion Square leads to one of the oldest original built streets in the city, and you'll find out why when you get there. This street takes you to Market Square, a hotspot for unique boutiques that is a must to return to after your tour. Your guide will take you to places the locals aren't even aware of. A beautiful hidden garden for a photo op and then over to the countries oldest Chinatown, and most famously Fan Tan Alley, that made a name for itself when slew of explicit acts were legal in harbor city at the turn of the 19th century. Your knowledgeable local guide will share their personal perspective of this beautiful city and it is encouraged that guests get to know everyone in the group.

Victoria: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Victoria: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know Victoria at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Parliament Building", "Fairmont Empress", "Fan Fan Alley" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Steamship Terminal” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at Gate of Harmonious Interest. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

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: City Exploration In-App Audio Guide

Victoria: City Exploration In-App Audio Guide

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.

Bike Victoria: 3-hour City Highlights Tour & coastal ride

Bike Victoria: 3-hour City Highlights Tour & coastal ride

Hello! Congratulations on finding the best way to experience Victoria. Let me give you a brief overview of the tour. First, meet your friendly local guide at Sports Rent BC and get fitted on the most comfortable bikes in the city. Next we'll go over safety precautions and introduce ourselves, don't worry, the guide will have a few icebreakers to calm the nerves. We find that one of the best parts of our tours is meeting other like-minded travelers from around the world. Before you know it, the calm ocean breeze will be on your cheeks as we cruise through Victoria's Downtown. We'll make our way out of the downtown core through the inner harbor and then to Fort Street. This is a longer portion of biking but it gives us the opportunity to get comfortable on the bikes while on a smooth designated bike path. It will lead to a major highlight of the city, Craigdarroch Castle. You'll have the opportunity to rest from the hill we just climbed while taking pictures and listening to the history of the magnificent piece of architecture. Once we've caught our breath, we'll whistle our way down the residential streets to Government House. Here we can take a stroll through the Victorian Rose Garden and snap a few more shots for the gram. This 36 acre estate was founded in 1865 and is the official residence of the lieutenant governor. The gardens will amaze you as the hidden corners are filled with surprises. Through a few more residential streets and you'll be in Beacon Hill Park, this city is nicknamed the City of Gardens for a reason. Try to find moss lady amongst the nature filled park, and if that's to difficult say hello to a friendly peacock instead. Then, from amongst the trees, you'll see the World's Tallest Free-Standing Totem Pole at 127 feet. Next is the fun downhill to the waters edge. Dallas road carries us along the waterfront to meet our favourite Canadian; the Terry Fox Memorial. Here you will learn of the inspirational story that continues to wow Canada and the World. Terry Fox is a young man that was diagnosed with cancer, and well, I'll let the tour guide tell the rest. After a heart wrenching story you can let the ocean wind dry your tears as you make your when to Odgen Point, where you'll see the Ogden Point Sundial, The First Nations Breakwater Murals, and Breakwater Lighthouse. It's a quick ride through James Bay, a beautiful residential neighbourhood which takes you to Fishermans Wharf. Here, your guide will enlighten you with their top recommendations for the most delicious food available to you after the tour. This place is worth coming back to. The last leg of the tour will bring you back into Victoria's downtown where you'll have the opportunity to take pictures of the incredible architecture of the BC Legislature Building, Fairmont Empress, and the Johnson Street Bridge! Upon your return, say goodbye to new friends, and be sure to leave your guide with a tip & detailed review. We're excited to read all about it.

Victoria, BC: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Victoria, BC: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Step into the shoes of a newly-minted detective, tasked by Commander Mahoney to solve a gripping case... murder on the streets of Victoria. During this crime solving audio adventure, you'll visit each of the 10 locations marked on the map, either in person or virtually via the web version (included). You'll have the choice to experience the downtown area with the walking map, or go with the driving route on the outskirts of the city. Once you choose, the exact starting point will be revealed. *See images for route New for 2024, you'll also have the option of exploring the downtown area from your couch while playing the web version on any browser enabled device (PC, tablet, cast to Smart TV). You'll park or stop at each location, listen to the audio story and put your detective skills to the test by gathering clues and piecing together the evidence. At the end, you'll make your deductions and issue an arrest warrant. Your all around detective skills will be tested too, culminating in a Case Performance Score to gauge your sleuthing prowess. Suitable for solo detectives, dynamic duos, or groups of mystery enthusiasts, this game will have you immersed in an audio tale full of intrigue. The game awaits, detective – are you prepared to crack the case?

Experience Victoria Walking Tour

Experience Victoria Walking Tour

A stroll in the City of Gardens that’s sure to fascinate and entertain. On this 2 hour guided walking tour eplore Old Town, Canada's oldest Chinatown, Wharf St, Bastion Square, and the Inner Harbour and much more. Stroll past the Royal BC Museum, BC Legislative Buildings, Thunderbird Park, and the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. Your guide will share with you the tall stories and history of the area and an insider’s knowledge of the city of Victoria. A fantastic way to see the city through a local's eyes, and see places you'd want to revisit.

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4.4
(99 reviews)

The map showing my walking direction got me back on track a couple of times. Overall, this was a fantastic way to tour a city on my own time. Will use the Voice Map again. The tour itself was very interesting, and pointed out things I would have missed.

Andy was very informative, interesting and funny! We got to see so much of Victoria and try some very delicious food. I will definitely recommend this tour to any friends who are travelling to BC.

The best way to know a little bit of the city, culture and food! Super highly recommended

Very good tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable local guide.

It was great got to see the town and learn about the history