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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

Highlights
  • 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.
From USD 48.07
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.
From USD 48.07
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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Reviews (115)
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Taste the food, hear about the city and have fun!

Andy did a great job during the tour. We stopped at tea shops, restaurants and a chocolate shop. Andy's knowledge of the history of Victoria is spectacular! Every time we asked a question, he had the answer with some interesting facts about the city or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DeltaWorld
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the wonderful feedback and excellent review. I had a nice time with you folks on tour and I appreciate the curiousity and questions about the city. I look forward to seeing you back in town in the near future. All the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun, informative and delish!

This was so fun, I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to eat and walk around learning history. Our guide was full of personality and interesting history, his personal relationships with the places we went made it even better. We had a great time!More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Candice P
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Candice, Thank you for the excellent review and recommendation! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed both the food and the history on the tour. I also appreciate that you recognized how close I am with my vendors - they are all so wonderful...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great all-around tour

Great selection of food (meatballs, matcha tea, macarons, Southern Style potato skins, and more). The walk was manageable and spaced out. The history was a good touch but not a huge part of the tour. Andy was a great guide and makes an effort to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PurduePolo
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for the excellent review and feedback. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the variety of tastings and tidbits of history along the route. I look forward to seeing you again in the town in the near future. Sincerely, Andy

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Highly recommended tour in Victoria with a great balance between history and culinary experience

The tour owner/operator, Andy Olson was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the city which he calls home. He showed passion and dedication on what he does to ensure he delivers expectations that is above and beyond what his audience expects. I lived in Vancouver years...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ray R
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Ray, Thank you for the wonderful in-depth review. It does my heart good to hear that someone who has been to Victoria before loved the tour so much. I am really happy to hear that you enjoyed the authentic vendors as much as the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Girl's walking tour

We were only 2 clients for Andy Olsen. We took the 11 a.m. tour on a stunning fall day. It was the most wonderful 2 hours spent with this charming, knowledgeable man. Even though we both live near Victoria it was a great surprise to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jennie H
Atasteofvictoria, Owner at A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Jennie, Thank you for the wonderful review and feedback. I had a great time with the two of you on tour and you are right about it being a beautiful autumn day. I hope that you got to enjoy your doggy bag full of...More

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Sparkie09
6 September 2018|
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Response from bradnjayne | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I highly recommend the tour but I can’t book for you. You can email Andy sorry I’m not able to post an email address or the website. Google a taste of Victoria. I’m sure he would love to hear from you. Take care Brad
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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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