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 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
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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. Touch 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
Also see . . . Chinatown, Victoria - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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