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Victoria's Chinatown, founded in 1858 by Chinese immigrants looking for gold or working for the railroads, is the oldest Chinatown in Canada. Only covering 6 blocks, it's certainly not as big or as active as Vancouver's Chinatown but it's worth a look since it's so centrally located.

If you find yourself in Chinatown, be sure to find Fan Tan Alley, the world's narrowest street which is only about 4 feet and either end and no more than 6 feet in the middle. In the late 1800s Fan Tan Alley was the entrance to all kinds of seedy activities-opium dens, gambling houses, brothels-all replaced by souvenir shops. Scenes from one of Mel Gibson's worst movies, "Bird on a Wire", which costarred a screeching Goldie Hawn, were filmed here.

Address: Fisgard Street
Directions: Between Government and Wharf Road on Fisgard.
Website: http://chinatown.library.uvic.ca/home

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  • Updated Aug 21, 2006
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