LocationVictoria, British Columbia time.png Duration2 Hours (Approx.) adult.png 6.99 View price
Tour Inclusions
  • Telephone and email customer service
  • Before the tour, you can download it via WIFI (no signal or data is needed)
  • Tours are yours to keep and enjoy anytime on Tripvia Tours for Android or iOS
  • Take as long as you like to complete the tour, there are no time constraints
  • You can see your location and route on a live GPS map
  • Each point of interest is accompanied by a tour guide commentary

Victoria Harbour Walking Tour - See The Pacific Jewel At Your Own Pace

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia is situated in the southern part of Vancouver Island and is world famous for its scenic natural atmosphere, moderate climate, fascinating Victorian-style architecture, and great cultural scene. With these qualities, this coastal city has been informally titled the ‘Athens of the West'. A self-guided audio walking tour to Victoria Harbour will enrich your experience more enthusiastically.

A few words about the history

The First Nations community lived in the province for thousands of years before the European people arrived in the region. The British Fort Victoria is the forerunner of the city, established in 1843 by James Douglas. The fort was named for Queen Victoria as she was on the throne in that period. With this forerunner, Victoria is considered one of the oldest cities in the whole Pacific Northwest. Victoria Harbour self-guided walking tour will enlighten your knowledge about the historical significance of Victoria.

Historic buildings that enrich its heritage

The city maintains a lot of historic buildings including the Parliament Buildings and the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. Both are popular landmarks in Victoria and the Fairmont Empress Hotel gives a perfect view of Victoria's bustling Inner Harbour. Audio walking tour Victoria Harbour will take you to other popular attractions in the city, such as Chinatown, the Royal BC Museum, the world-famous Fisherman's Wharf, and more. Chinatown is the second oldest Chinese community in North America after San Francisco's.

Visit the Royal BC Museum to explore the thrilling history of British Columbia and the Fisherman's Wharf welcomes you to a beautiful area of floating homes, shops, and eateries. Victoria strongly focuses on horticulture and greenery, and it is affectionately named ‘the garden city'. With many parks and gardens, including the popular Butchart Gardens and Beacon Hill Park, the city remains true to its nickname. Go for an audio-driven self-guided walking tour Victoria Harbour and see the wonder the city has arranged for both tourists and locals.

Another nickname that highlights Victoria's natural beauty and lush greenery is ‘the Emerald City', which recalls the mythical city of Oz. Victorians are very proud of their hometown's charm and character. Join the team of fans of this ‘Pacific jewel' and see for yourself whether the recognition as a gem of a city is well deserved by taking a self-guided Victoria Harbour walking tour. Download the app from your tour provider to your smartphone and turn your device into a personal tour guide.

Tour Itinerary

  • 1.

    Centennial Square

    Your smartphone will serve as a tour guide as you explore the Inner Harbour and this historic part of Vancouver. This easy walking tour covers 4 km (one way) of the city's harbour section, which is home to historical sites, music venues, artisan shops, and marine life. On a live GPS map you can see your current location as well as Chinatown, Market Square, Waddington Alley, Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings, Fisherman's Wharf, and more! Tour guide commentary will be played as you approach. Also included is a fun location-based trivia game. Tap your guess after the commentary is over. No need to worry about crowded tour groups, tight schedules, or high prices. Your tour can be enjoyed anytime, not just on your booking date. You can stop and start anywhere along the way. You can download the tour to as many devices as you choose.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 2.


    You'll learn about Chinatown's history and what makes it so famous while strolling through it.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 3.

    Fan Tan Alley

    Here's what the narrowest alleyway in Canada is named after.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 4.

    Market Square

    In addition to pointing out the square's many small shops and restaurants, we'll tell you a bit of its history.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 5.

    Johnson Street & Wharf Street

    It's a beautiful and unusual bridge, so we'll tell you a bit about what it replaced.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 6.

    Waddington Alley

    The city council, forestry workers, and residents support the preservation of these unique building blocks.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 7.

    Bastion Square

    We'll tell you why this is Victoria's "most haunted site"!

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 8.

    Government Street

    During your stroll along Government Street, we'll point out and tell you about some of the interesting businesses.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 9.

    Bard & Banker

    On the corner is an incredible three story white building. We'll explain its history and how it became a pub.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 10.

    Rogers' Chocolates

    Following your visit to Canada's first chocolatier, we will proceed to Victoria's oldest hotel, THE WINDSOR.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 11.

    Inner Harbour

    During our next stop, we'll tell you about this beautiful inner harbour.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 12.

    Statue of Captain James Cook

    Discover what Captain James Cook encountered when he reached the British Columbia coast in 1778 in his own words.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 13.

    Fairmont Empress

    As we tell you about Empress Hotel's interesting "muddy" beginnings, you'll see its impressive architecture.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 14.

    Emily Carr Statue

    How Emily Carr became a Canadian icon, an artist and writer.

    Victoria, Canada 3 Minutes
  • 15.

    Royal BC Museum

    It's time to stop the tour and visit the museum! We'll tell you all about it!

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 16.

    Thunderbird Park

    Here's a bit of information about the totem poles' history and creators.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 17.

    Helmcken House

    Let's learn more about this house, one of BC's oldest!

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 18.

    Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

    The Parliament Buildings, which as of 2020 were open to the public, have a fascinating history that we'll explain as you stroll through their grounds.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 19.

    Confederation Garden Court

    Here's a secret. A hidden statue for you to find.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 20.

    Steamship Terminal

    Here is the reason for the massive stone columns on either side of the building.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 21.

    CJCG+P6 Victoria

    Our focus will be on ferries and how important they are to Victoria's economy.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 22.

    David Foster Harbour Pathway

    We will tell you about some of the marine life that visits the harbour as you walk along the pathway.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 23.

    CJFF+P9 Victoria

    Let's take a look at Songhees Point and its history.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes
  • 24.

    Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

    You'll learn more about this marina as you stroll along.

    Victoria, Canada 5 Minutes

Pickup Information

Your pick-up location and time will be mentioned in your booking confirmation email

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • For a complete refund, you may cancel up to 24 hours before the experience.
  • You must cancel at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the activity in order to get a complete refund.
  • You will not receive your money back if you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience begins.
  • The local time of the experience determines the cutoff times.
  • Less than 24 hours before to the experience's start time, modifications won't be permitted.

Other Information

  • At the time of booking, you will receive a confirmation
  • Allowance for service animals
  • Accessible to strollers
  • Wheelchair-accessible surfaces
  • Participation is possible for most travelers
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available on all transportation
  • Accessible to wheelchairs
  • The tour/activity is private. Only your group will participate

Tour Exclusions

  • Tablet or smartphone
  • Headphones (optional - audio will also be played through the device speaker)
  • Tickets for attractions
  • Occasionally, recommended attractions are closed or inaccessible for reasons beyond our control.