Fan Tan Alley, Victoria

A popular tourist attraction with several small shops, Fan Tan Alley in Victoria, British Columbia's Chinatown is recognized as the narrowest street in Canada, measuring 0.9 meters (3 feet) at its narrowest. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

Fan Tan Alley in Victoria's Chinatown is recognized as the narrowest street in Canada, measuring 0.9 meters (3 feet) at its narrowest.

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All Seasons

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20 minutes

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Free

What to bring:

Camera, Sense of Curiosity

Step back into a piece of Victoria's unique history at Fan Tan Alley! This narrow space located in Victoria's Chinatown between Fisgard Street and Pandora Street is recognized as Canada's narrowest alley which measures as a cramped 0.9 meters (3 feet) as its narrowest. Once an area of disrepute filled with gambling halls, opium dens and brothels, today, it is a popular tourist attraction with several shops, offices and apartments to explore and enjoy.

Victoria, British Columbia is the location of Canada's oldest Chinatown. Located on a small strip of land on Fisgard Street between Government Street and Store Street, the brightly lit area is home to several shops and restaurants and welcomes visitors to it through the large Chinatown gate (also known as The Gates of Harmonious Interest). One of Chinatown Victoria's most interesting tourist attractions is Fan Tan Alley, which is recognized as the narrowest street in Canada. Measuring 0.9 metres (3 feet) at its narrowest, the alley is a popular tourist destination with many vying to have their photo taken in the claustrophobic space.

Victoria's Chinatown, once sprawling six city blocks, was home to thousands of Chinese workers which immigrated to the area during the 1858 Gold Rush in British Columbia's Fraser Valley and later, the Barkerville Gold Rush. Later, the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway brought many more Chinese workers to the region. Schools, shops, theatres and temples made up most of the fabric of Chinatown, however, there was a darker side to Victoria's Chinatown as the area now known as Fan Tan Alley contained gambling halls, shady restaurants, brothels and opium dens. The Alley itself still references its unique history as it was named for Fan Tan, which was a popular gambling game once played in the narrow street.

Today, Fan Tan Alley is a busy street containing several shops, offices and apartments. In the daytime, tourists come and go through the narrow red brick alley which towers three stories high and is marked by sign posts on both the Fisgard Street and Pandora Street entrances.There is also a historic display within the alley with several artifacts from the area's shadier times such as opium pipes, ointments, dice, mah jong tiles and dominoes.

Please note the alley is locked from both directions to prevent vandalism and theft. Keep an eye out for unique historic details such as old peephole from Fan Tan Alley's shadier times. A unique attraction in the centre of Victoria, be sure to visit Fan Tan Alley in the oldest Chinatown in Canada!

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Explore the many shops within Victoria, British Columbia's Fan Tan Alley, recognized as the narrowest street in Canada, measuring 0.9 meters (3 feet) at its narrowest.
Once home to gambling halls, opium dens and brothels, Fan Tan Alley in Victoria, British Columbia is now a popular tourist attraction and is recognized as the narrowest street in Canada, measuring 0.9 meters (3 feet) at its narrowest. Several shops, offices and apartments make up this narrow street which is a great place to explore in the daytime.
Fan Tan Alley in Victoria British Columbia's Chinatown is recognized as Canada's narrowest street. Measuring 0.9 meters (3 feet) at its narrowest, the Alley a popular tourist attraction with several shops, offices and apartments.


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Fan Tan Alley is located between Fisgard Street and Pandora Street in Victoria's Chinatown.


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