Discover the secrets of Victoria for free

Secrets of the City walking tours are being offered free of charge by the Downtown Victoria Business Association

Victoria’s secrets will be revealed on Sunday (Sept. 16).

Secrets of the City walking tours are being offered free of charge by the Downtown Victoria Business Association to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary.

Normally held on Canada Day, the tour combines indoor and outdoor exploration of some of the oldest landmarks and properties in Victoria.

“We wanted to move it to September to give more locals the opportunity to explore the downtown without the demands of too many other activities,” said Ken Kelly, DVBA general manager.

Local historical experts John Adams and Danda Humphreys will host 20-to-40-person tours through Heritage Mile, Chinatown and other neighbourhoods.

In addition to the walking tours, nine historic properties will also open their doors to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Rarely seen locations such as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, Victoria masonic temple, Tam Kung Taoist Temple, the city hall clock tower and Synagogue Emanu El are taking part to offer the public a glimpse of downtown from inside out.

The tours are suitable for all ages. Pre-registration is required by calling 250-386-2238 or by email at alison@downtownvictoria.ca.