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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

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  • 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
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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.
USD 49.01
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.
USD 49.01
Overview
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 yesterday 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
Reviewed 2 days 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
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great food, great time.

Our guide Andy was very professional and engaging. Made sure everyone felt included, which makes it more enjoyable. Knowledgeable about the area and where the best food is found. I discovered that I actually like macaroons, now that I’ve had some made right. They were...More

1  Thank ryenlis9
Reviewed 5 days ago
Yummy and Informative

We had a great time. The spots we visited we had probably walked past a dozen times and just didn't go in to check it out. So glad we did with the tour. The items we tasted were yummy and some we went back for...More

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

Hello Roxanne, Thank you for the wonderful review. I am happy to hear that you felt that you discovered so hidden gems that you otherwise would have walked right past and enjoyed them enough that you wanted to go back for more! I hope the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago
Great food tour!!!!

What a awesome and fulfilling way to meet local chefs and bakers. Loved trying different items and Andy was a great guide with lots of info on the area. Went back to a few places later to buy more.

Thank darylb832
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Daryl, Thank you for the excellent feedback and review. I am really happy to hear that you enjoyed the stops enough to want to return for more after the tour! I hope the rest of your visit went well. Sincerely, Andy

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dhugman
27 July 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
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Donna M
28 June 2018|
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Response from Dee W | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It was a fast, but excellent tour.
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Susan A
10 June 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.
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