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Come See Victoria, History & Architecture Walking Tours

812 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T3, Canada
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This was our very first visit to Victoria. We opted for a walking tour, as we often do when we... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
pdooey
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Perth, Australia
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Dave Mason illuminates Victoria!

Dave was able to help us pinpoint our interests and then took us on an interesting tour. The day... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2017
IntrepidTO
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Come See Victoria offers guided walking tours of Victoria, BC. Our History and Architecture walk traces the evolution of the city through the eyes of its architecture. Victoria has a wealth of surviving 19th century buildings ... and every building has a story! On our Victorian Characters walk you will get to know the larger-than-life personalities of Victorian Victoria. You will hear their stories and sagas, and appreciate their lasting legacy to the city, province, and country. We also offer a Historic Pub Walk, where you will tour vibrant pubs in some of the grandest heritage buildings in the city. We provide customized private walking tours to groups of all sizes.
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812 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T3, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our very first visit to Victoria. We opted for a walking tour, as we often do when we visit a city for the first time. This tour offered both history and architecture, and it didn’t disappoint. Dave was knowledgeable, witty, helpful and enthusiastic...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

Dave was able to help us pinpoint our interests and then took us on an interesting tour. The day was bright-so was he! Loved stopping in at the bookstore-we probably would have missed that if we hadn't been with Dave. We really appreciated his quick...More

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Dave M, Owner at Come See Victoria, History & Architecture Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thanks for the nice words! We set up a private for you that day, which may cost a bit more (depending on the size of your party) than just joining a regularly scheduled tour, but which I can tailor to suit your schedule and interests....More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Can't recommend this tour highly enough! Dave Mason, our tour guide, was excellent. His knowledge of Victoria, its history and its architecture was very extensive which made the walk so much more interesting than if I had walked it alone. A tour not to be...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Engaging and knowledgeable guide with plenty of fascinating tales of the city. Great value for your money.

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

A walking tour is a great introduction to a city, and Dave provided an excellent presentation of the history of Victoria using the architecture of the old buildings to make the information memorable. I try to take a walking tour in every city I visit...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went on the History and Architecture Walk on our first day in Victoria. Wonderful way to get to know the city. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. We especially liked the old pictures he showed us--the city in its early days,...More

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Dave M, Owner at Come See Victoria, History & Architecture Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Thank you, Joan, for the strong recommendation! My selection of old time photos shows the 'then' side of Victoria's history and architecture, designed to complement the 'now' you see as we walk around, and hopefully providing a visual perspective into the city's past. Dave

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

First class tour. Personal professional informative and knowledgeable. Answers as well as encourages questions. Highly recommended to better appreciate Victoria

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Dave M, Owner at Come See Victoria, History & Architecture Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thank you! The descriptors you used are exactly what I'm trying to achieve with my tours. And one simply cannot covers everything about Victoria in a 2-hour tour, so I always welcome questions from guests. Dave

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

It was a blistering hot day (30C) and yet the tour was so interesting that we were able to ignore the heat. The combination of History & Architecture was fascinating. Dave was so knowledgeable and his tour was well organized. We learned a lot about...More

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Dave M, Owner at Come See Victoria, History & Architecture Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thank you for the kind words. I do try to route each tour based on the weather and the group demographic, finding stops that are shady, or sunny, or under cover, or have benches available, as appropriate. And, yes, I often will set up a...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Dave Mason led us on a spectacular walking tour in Victoria. He was so knowledgeable about the architecture and history of each of the buildings on the tour. He shared great stories about the people and culture of different time periods. We were invited into...More

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Dave M, Owner at Come See Victoria, History & Architecture Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thank you for the very positive review. The wealth of surviving Victorian-era architecture, both exteriors and interiors, enable the story of this delightful city to be told with impressive visual references. And I could not have asked for a better review! Thanks again. Dave

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

Dave Masson certainly lived up to his excellent TripAdvisor ratings. We were a family of five (3 generations) and his well thought out walking tour of Victoria appealed to all age groups. It's an interesting mix of history, architecture and colorful stories that bring the...More

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Dave M, Owner at Come See Victoria, History & Architecture Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thank you for your great comments. I try to organize and present my tours to inform and entertain all age groups. Family groups also enjoy reduced rates on my scheduled walks. Thanks again. Dave

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Hi Sonia. For sure, I am available this coming Saturday, April 8th. Tell me more about what you would be looking for and we will set it up. Regards, Dave
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