The Beginning

The city blocks of Victoria known as "Chinatown" form a community. Chinese people have worked and lived in this community for over 100 years.


Victoria's Chinatown: Chinese Land Ownership, 1859
Page 185, Chinatowns - Towns Within Cities in Canada, David Chuenyan Lai

Chinatown is a community with shared customs, language, styles of cooking, types of medicines, environment and history.


"Little Pete" Fong Ching

Today, you can enter Chinatown through the Gates of Harmonious Interest.

Victoria, Gate of Harmonious Interest
Government and Fisgard Streets, 1981

This is what Chinatown looked like back in 1876.

Second Chinese Arch on Cormorant Street