Parliament Buildings, Victoria (Rohan Zanzibar/Tourism Victoria photo)
The establishment of Fort Victoria in 1843 may have marked European settlement on this southern tip of Vancouver Island, but Aboriginals have inhabited this area for thousands of years.
Through the ages, the Coast Salish people of southern Vancouver Island have shared knowledge by gathering together and telling stories – just as museums in Victoria do today.
For a comprehensive account of human activity on Vancouver Island over thousands of years, spend a day at the Royal BC Museum immersed in the human and natural history of British Columbia, including a dramatically-lit gallery of Aboriginal masks and a ceremonial big house. Visit Thunderbird Park to see colourful carved totem poles outdoors and stop by galleries and shops along Government Street to browse for Aboriginal artwork.
Outside of Victoria, there are many more Aboriginal experiences on Vancouver Island.
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Landsea Tours offers daily scheduled half-day & full-day mini-coach sightseeing excursions to include Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler & more - maximum of 24 guests. See it all: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island Market, Alaska cruise ships, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain & Butchart Gardens. Combine a Victoria tour with whale watching or a floatplane flight, or a Whistler tour with the Whistler Mountaineer train by Rocky Mountaineer. Driver/guides create memorable sightseeing experiences by sharing their extensive knowledge of area history, geography & current events & in answering guests' individual questions.
Private tours and transfers are also available: SUVs, Mercedes Sprinter Vans and Mini-Coaches available.