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Victoria and Vancouver Island Sights


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  • Chinatown
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Updated 09/16/2013

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Chinese immigrants built much of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 19th century, and their influence still marks the region. Victoria's Chinatown, founded in 1858, is the oldest such district in Canada. If you enter from Government Street, you'll pass under the elaborate Gate of Harmonious Interest, made of Taiwanese ceramic tiles and decorative panels. Along Fisgard Street, merchants display paper lanterns and exotic produce. Mah-jongg, fan-tan, and dominoes were games of chance played on Fan Tan Alley, said to be the narrowest street in Canada. Once the gambling and opium center of Chinatown, it's now lined with offbeat shops, few of which sell authentic Chinese goods. Look for the alley on the south side of Fisgard Street between Nos. 545½ and 549½. At just two square blocks, Victoria's Chinatown is much smaller than Vancouver's. It's still pleasant to stroll through, particularly as hip boutiques and eateries have moved into the district.

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Fisgard St., between Government and Store Sts., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1R5, Canada

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Updated 09/16/2013


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