Famous and forgotten sites: Explore Victoria’s fascinating past
On your Historical Tour of Victoria, British Columbia located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, you will discover a First Nation culture that is thousands of years old, charming old British villages, ancient gardens, 1800’s castles and Victorian mansions. When the British began settlement in Victoria, BC in 1843 they brought with them traditional gardens and Victorian architecture. To this day, many of these heritage buildings and gardens are preserved along Victoria, BC’s Inner Harbour, coastal lighthouses, and government buildings. Most famously is the Legislative (Parliament) Building and the Empress Hotel, both situated along the picturesque Inner Harbor. In the Historical Tour of Victoria, British Columbia, you will visit the oldest town on the Pacific Northwest, the charming James Bay. Walk through a stunning seaside heritage park, and in the alleyways of China Town, now full of shops and restaurants. Victoria’s China Town is the oldest in Canada. You local tour guide will share many interesting stories about this and other areas you’ll be visiting on your Historical Tour of Victoria, British Columbia. Discover an array of original Victorian homes including that of artist Emily Carr, as we take you into Rockland, a residential neighborhood of stunning mansions. Your private tour of Victoria, BC will enable you to enter the grounds of Government House as well as Craigdarroch Castle, and to enjoy the gorgeous vistas at Cattle Point, a beach where pioneers once gathered their cattle and was once home to the Lekwungen people. Further along, your Historical Tour of Victoria, British Columbia will take you to the early 1900’s Hatley Castle, located amid giant fir trees and overlooking a bird sanctuary lagoon and the Bay of Esquimalt. One of our favorite stops on your private tour of Victoria, BC, is part of the Royal Roads University and possesses the oldest Japanese Gardens in Canada.