Costs and other details about our tours.

Visitor Centre

how much do the walking tours cost?

The cost for the History & Architecture Walk, Victorian Characters Walk, or Empress Hotel Guest Tour is $20 per adult, $15 for seniors or students, and $45 for families with school-aged children.

The cost for the Historic Pub Walk is $39 per person and includes a 6 oz local craft beer sampler at the first 3 pub stops.

The cost for private tours depends on the group size and anticipated tour duration, but will be in the range of $125 to $175.  Very large groups may require multiple guides and additional fees.

how long are the walks?

The History & Architecture and Victorian Character Walks run about 2 hours and cover a distance of about 2 kilometres.  The terrain is flat, but do wear comfy shoes.

The Empress Hotel Guest Tour duration is 1.5 hours, and the Historic Pub Walk will probably run about 3 hours.

The length of a private tour is whatever you are up for, but typically will run between 1.5 and 3 hours.

where do the walks start and end?

The History & Architecture Walk, Victorian Characters Walk, and Historic Pub Walk all begin at the Visitor Centre, 812 Wharf Street at Government Street (see photo this  page).  The tours will generally end at the Inner Harbour.

The Empress Hotel Guest Tour begins at the hotel’s Concierge Desk.

Private tours can begin and end wherever suits you best.

do i have to reserve in advance?

No, but it is a good idea.  Tours without reservations booked may be dropped from the schedule two days in advance.  And to maximize your tour experience we like to limit tour size to 16 persons maximum.  But if you see a tour listed on the Schedule page for today or tomorrow it is definitely a go and you may join as a walk-up.

The exception is the Historic Pub Walk.  You do have to reserve in advance for it, and there is a minimum group size of 6 persons.  There is no minimum group size for the other tours.

To reserve places on upcoming tours contact us with your name, the date/time of the tour you wish to join, and the number of people,  by:


     phone/text:    778-676-0142

Or just use the easy email form here:

do i have to pay in advance?

Not at all.  We accept payment at tour time via cash, in either Canadian or US funds, or credit card using the Square system.

how do I know what the upcoming tour schedule is?

Easy.  Just check the rolling calendar for the current month and the next two on the Schedule page.  No tour to match the date(s) of your visit?  Feel free to request one  in advance.  It may be possible to add a tour to suit.  Private tours are always an option to consider as well.