Government Street Tours

Government Street
Running through the heart of Downtown Victoria, Government Street is home to plenty of shopping and local history. Along the Victoria Harbour front, the British Columbia Legislature Buildings and the Fairmont Empress are important historical landmarks, both designed by the untrained British architect Francis Rattenbury. His design for the BC Legislature Buildings, which uses white marble, a massive central dome, and lengthy façade to create an architecturally impressive home for the provincial government, was his first project. This early success led him to be awarded the contract to design the Empress Hotel, which is now one of the oldest hotels in Victoria. Between these two buildings lies the Royal British Columbia Museum, which houses a natural and human history museum and the British Columbia provincial archives.

Heading north from the Empress Hotel, Government Street soon becomes an iconic shopping street. Native artwork, high fashion, and a variety of specialty stores holding everything from handcrafted jewelry to handmade chocolate take up the storefronts. More shopping is found just off Government Street, too, including Trounce Alley, known for its European fashion stores; Bastion Square, where local artisans sell handmade arts and crafts; and Johnson Street, which is a local’s favorite for exclusive design boutiques.

The corner of Government Street and Fisgard runs beneath the Gate of Harmonious Interest and the entrance to Victoria’s Chinatown. Founded in 1858, it’s the oldest Chinatown in Canada and second only to San Francisco in North America.

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Government Street runs through Downtown Victoria, between Douglas Street and Dallas Road. 
Address: Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Victoria Excursion from Vancouver by Helicopter and Sea Plane

Travel from Vancouver to Victoria in style with round-trip flights across the Strait of Georgia, and make the most of your time by skipping long ferry lines. You’ll travel to the island by helicopter, with spectacular views of the coast and islands, then make the return trip by sea plane. Your flights between Vancouver and Victoria include pickup and drop-off at accommodations in Vancouver, with departure times that are tailored to your schedule.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Helicopter and Speed Boat

While in Canada, experience Victoria’s wide selection of outdoor activities, and see the beauty of the Butchart Gardens on this guided tour by air, land, and water from Vancouver. First, take a helicopter flight over the Gulf Islands to spend some free time in the Garden City. See the Butchart Gardens before hopping on a speedboat cruise back to Vancouver.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens with Victoria Clipper to Seattle One-Way from Vancouver

Make the most of your trip from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle with a full-day tour that includes a visit Butchart Gardens and free time to explore historic downtown Victoria. This point-to-point tour concludes on the Seattle waterfront, and includes hotel pickup, ground transport, ferry tickets, and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Duration: 15 hours
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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching with Return to Vancouver by Seaplane

Get up close with the killer whales between Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia on this guided, full-day, whale-watching cruise. Climb aboard one of the finest whaling vessels in the industry to interact with a variety of whale species. See a wide variety of wildlife, like porpoises, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, blue herons and more. Then spend the afternoon exploring beautiful Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. At the end of the day, return to Vancouver by seaplane. Vancouver hotel or residence pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens with Return by SpeedBoat

Go whale watching, and explore Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Vancouver Island on this day trip from Vancouver. Combine two activities into one day in the Gulf Islands, and then return to Vancouver via speedboat, cutting the return trip to just two hours.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Historical Victoria Walking Tour

Explore quaint Victoria on this guided walking tour with a local historian. Along the way, take in picturesque views of the city’s Inner Harbour and wander the streets, alleyways, and town squares of Old Town, Bastion Square, and Chinatown, while learning about Victoria's history. Plus, hear about its past scandals like opium smuggling.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Eat Like a Canadian Food & Sightseeing Tour

Surrounded by rich coastal waters and fertile soils, Victoria is a foodie’s dream destination—with traditional Canadian dishes and speciality treats the locals love. On this tour, delve into Victoria’s culinary scene and visit top food stops including the Fairmont Empress hotel, Fisherman's Wharf, Government Street, and the Inner Harbour. With your guide shining a light on the city’s history and culture, sample diverse treats such as cocktails, pastries, seafood, and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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