Walking Tours

history & Architecture Walk

Elevation to James Bay

Dave Mason’s 2-hour History & Architecture Walk is what we are known for.  As you walk through Old Town, Chinatown, and down Government Street to the Inner Harbour you will admire Victoria’s delightful historic buildings and hear their stories.  By the end of your walk, you will know this city.

victorian characters walk


This 2-hour summertime evening walk brings together the stories of the people who made Victoria the city it is today.  From explorers, fur traders, and gold seekers to railway builders, entrepreneurs, politicians, judges,  architects, rum runners, and madams, all attracted to a new and bustling city.

the empress hotel guest tour

Empress with ivy

   For  guests of the Fairmont Empress, this 90-minute, indoor/outdoor hotel tour covers the lead-up history, its architecture and construction, the  delightfully original main floor spaces,  the conservatory and the gardens.  And, of course, many, many stories of guests and events over the past century that made The Empress the heart of the social (and gossip!) scene in Victoria.

historic pub walk

Windsor Hotel

Downtown Victoria has a wonderful collection of vibrant pubs in some of the most notable heritage buildings in the city. On this pre-booked pub walk, your group will get a sense of how these wonderful old buildings and the people associated with them have shaped the city of Victoria, augmented with lots of old photos, all while you sample beers from the multitude of craft breweries and brew pubs for which Victoria has become renowned. You might even get to hear Sourdough Dave’s renditions of the Bard of the Yukon’s best!

private tours

Shoe path

The best way to get to know the story of Victoria is with a private booking. We can customize your walk to suit your schedule and interests, including start time and location, duration, and route. If you are organizing a school group, a conference in town, a corporate meeting, or just yourself on a visit to Victoria contact us for prices.  Cruise ships often visit Victoria just for an evening, and a private tour can be the perfect solution for your short time in the city.

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