Historic Chinatown in Victoria BC is busy all-year long, attracting locals and tourists to its unique shops, restaurants, architecture, and vibrant culture. Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, and we’re lucky enough that it’s only a six-minute walk from the Victoria Regent.
From the late nineteenth century, to the first decade of the twentieth century, Victoria’s Chinatown was the largest Chinese settlement in all of Canada. It acted as a major gateway to the development of Chinese communities across Canada. Also, the local Chinatown was at the forefront of Chinese anti-racism. To learn more about Chinatown culture, click here.
Because of its rich history, Chinatown offers walking tours to explore the alleys, shops, and stories of one of Victoria’s most compelling neighborhoods. Visit the iconic Fan Tan Alley – the narrowest street in the country – and learn fabled stories about gambling joints, opium factories, and more.
There are also many restaurants to try in Chinatown or close by, serving up authentic Asian cuisine. Golden City Restaurant is a local favourite, offering a wide variety of dim sum and delicious classics like wonton soup and chow mein.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Victoria or you have a chance to visit, Chinatown is definitely a must-see.