Le Quartier Chinois de Victoria
— 域 多 利 唐 人 街 —
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.
De tous les quartiers chinois au Canada, celui de Victoria, qui date de 1858, est le plus ancien et le mieux conservé. Il
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Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Asian Americans. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 48° 25.757′ N, 123° 22.07′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital
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 (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
Also see . . . Chinatown, Victoria - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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