Discover the Past

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Explore Victoria’s past on a choice of ten tours featuring smugglers, Fernwood heritage, Rockland neighborhood, Jewish Victoria, and more

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Promotional value expires Feb 29, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. Subject to weather. Minimal walking with some standing and stairs involved. Mostly outdoors; please dress appropriately. Valid only for historical walking tour. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

  • C$16 for a discovery historical walking tour of Victoria for two (C$30 value)
  • C$32 for a discovery historical walking tour of Victoria for four (C$60 value)
  • C$48 for a discovery historical walking tour of Victoria for six (C$90 value)

Discover the Past

Victoria-based Discover the Past features father-and-son team John and Chris Adams and their team of professional guides and storytellers who lead tour-goers through Victoria’s Old Town, Chinatown, and Heritage neighbourhoods. During January and February, they offer ten different tours on a rotating schedule: Victoria’s Story (in English and in French), Smugglers and Rum Runners, Fernwood Heritage, Rockland Mansions, James Bay Waterfront, Jewish Victoria, Chinese New Year, Love Stories and Scandals, and Saloons and Sex. Tours are held on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

John, one of Victoria's leading historians, Chris, a member of the Victoria Storytellers' Guild, and the other talented guides weave fascinating historical facts with engaging stories about colorful local figures and events on each tour. On the Rum Runners and Smugglers tour, for instance, they discuss why Victoria was the centre of opium processing for all of North America until 1908 and highlight Johnny Schnarr, who smuggled booze in boats he customized with airplane engines. The Scandals, Saloons, and Sex tour reveals the secrets of Johnson Street, the former red-light district.

Customer Reviews

very informative
DG C. · September 27, 2016
Excellent tour with very knowledgable guide. A must do!
Connie S. · June 5, 2016
Great tour guide. I live in Victoria but still learned so much. Would highly recommend. I will return.
Amber S. · May 14, 2016
Merchant Location Map
  1. 1

    Fernwood Heritage Tour

    1270 Yates Street

    Victoria, BC V8V 3N3

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  2. 2

    Victoria’s Story and Rum Runners Tours

    812 Wharf Street

    Victoria, BC V8W 1T3

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  3. 3

    Rockland Mansions Tour

    1021 Carberry Gardens

    Victoria, BC V8S 3R8

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