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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Victoria’s Chinatown

Le Quartier Chinois de Victoria

 

—域 多 利 唐 人 街 —

 
Victoria’s Chinatown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
1. Victoria’s Chinatown Marker
Inscription.
[English]
This district, first settled in 1858, is the oldest and most intact Chinatown in Canada, representing an important chapter in the long history and heritage of Chinese Canadians. As the major immigrant port of entry on the west coast in the nineteenth century, Victoria boasted the largest concentration of Chinese Canadians in the country. They established a self-contained and identifiable neighbourhood which offered a complete range of commercial, residential and social institutions. Focused on Fisgard Street, it was made accessible by a distinctive layout of alleys and passageways. Its cohesive groupings of buildings adapted standard forms and designs found elsewhere in the city. The flared temple-style roofs, inset and projecting wrought-iron balconies, additional “cheater” storeys, interior courtyard, and brightly hued tiled overhangs give the area its distinctive character. Victoria’s Chinatown is a rich textured reminder of the early years of Chinese settlement in Canada.

[French]
De tous les quartiers chinois au Canada, celui de Victoria, qui date de 1858, est le plus ancien et le mieux conservé. Il témoigne d’un volet important de la lonque histoire et du patrimoine des Sino-Canadiensn. Principal port d’entrée des immigrants sure la côte ouest au XIXe siècle, Victoria se targuait d’avoir la

Victoria’s Chinatown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
2. Victoria’s Chinatown Marker
plus forte concentration de Sino-Canadien au pays. Ceux-ci y aménagèrent un quartier distinct regroupant commerces, habitations et centres communautaires. Concentré dans la rue Fisgard, le quatier était accessible par un dédale ‘allées remarquables. Les bâtiments en rangs serrés rappelient les modèles et les formes typiques de Victoria. Toits évasés inspirés de ceux de temples, balcons de fer forgé en retrait et en saillie, faux étages de rehaussement, cours intérieures et surplombs en tuiles aux couleurs vives procurent a l’endroit son caractère distinctif. Ce quartier rappelle par son riche cachet les origines de la communauté chinoise du Canada.

[Chinese, not transcribed]
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
 
Location. 48° 25.757′ N, 123° 22.07′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Fisgard Street and Fan Tan Alley on Fisgard Street. Click for map. This marker is located near the entrance to Fan Tan Alley. Marker is at or near this postal address: 545 Fisgard Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dragon Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Cast Iron Panels

Victoria’s Chinatown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
3. Victoria’s Chinatown Marker
(about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Lee Mong Kow (about 120 meters away); Chinese General Store (about 120 meters away); McPherson Playhouse (about 120 meters away); Fifth Regiment of Garrison Artillery (about 120 meters away); Market Square’s Main Gate Fountain (about 180 meters away); Japanese Internment (about 180 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .  Chinatown, Victoria - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
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The Chinese Public School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
4. The Chinese Public School
This building is the top, left engraving on the Victoria's Chinatown marker.
The Lee Benevolent Association image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
5. The Lee Benevolent Association
This building is the bottom, left engraving on the Victoria's Chinatown marker.
The Gate of Harmonious Interests image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
6. The Gate of Harmonious Interests
The Entrance to Fan Tan Alley image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
7. The Entrance to Fan Tan Alley
Fan Tan Alley, Victoria's narrowest alley image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
8. Fan Tan Alley, Victoria's narrowest alley
Fan Tan Alley image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
9. Fan Tan Alley
 
 
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