Chinatown, Victoria

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Visit Chinatown to see the oldest Chinese district in Canada. The quarter dates back to 1858, after the discovery of gold in Fraser canyon brought an influx of immigrants to British Columbia. Step into the past as you explore the narrow alleyways and historical buildings of the compact neighborhood. Take a guided tour to learn more about the area's history and the life of Chinese Canadians through the years. Visit charming shops and restaurants, discover hidden gems, sample delicious treats, or purchase a quirky souvenir. Put Chinatown and other Victoria attractions into our Victoria trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This block of Chinatown is small compared to Vancouver, San Francisco, or New York but it is lively and colorful. An easy walk from the Empress Hotel  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Second oldest China Town in North America after San Francisco. Plenty of historic places of interest including Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada made famous in the film Bird on a Wire with...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    When you think about Chinatown in the movies Victoria's neighborhood is what you picture.They say it is one of the oldest in North America and it is cool. Don't miss Fan Tan alley the narrowest street...  more »

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