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Discover Fernwood

Victoria, Canada

Experience hosted by Ashley&Adrien

90 minsHosted in English and French
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Up to 6 people

What you'll do

Our walking tour begins at Fernwood Square, the heart of Fernwood, where you will have the chance to stop in at a few local businesses and receive exclusive discounts. Next, we venture down Fernwood Road to see some very avant-garde architecture (hint: one of the homes is made from shipping containers!) before continuing on our route which includes an introduction to Fernwood's intriguing architecture, botanical life, and history. Highlights include:

+Beautifully restored homes that date back to the 1880's;
+A house of worship modeled after the Pantheon in Rome;
+A century-old brick schoolhouse that was the set of the 2000 hit movie Scary Movie;
+A fire hall built in 1899;
+Stories of murder, mystery, and misfortune;
+And much more!

Please note: If you are wanting a day/time not currently posted on our schedule, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.
Other things to note
I am more than happy to make accommodations for children and seniors. Total walking distance approximately 3 km (2 miles) with no difficult terrain. Wheelchair accessible.
Our walking tour begins at Fernwood Square, the heart of Fernwood, where you will have the chance to stop in at a few local businesses and receive exclusive discounts. Next, we venture down Fernwood Road to see some very avant-garde architecture (hint: one of the homes is made from shipping containers!) before continuing on our route which includes an introduction to Fernwood's intriguing architecture, botanical life, and history. Highlights incl…

Meet your host, Ashley&Adrien

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Hi and welcome to Victoria, the capital city of beautiful British Columbia! My name is Adrien Leduc, I am a proud local yokel, and I would love the opportunity to show you around Fernwood, a neighbourhood that means a lot to me. Vibrant, eclectic, and picturesque, the Discover Fernwood experience combines history, art, food, and fun! I hope you'll join me for this experience!

**A note on food. There are several spots to get a coffee or bite to eat. I'm happy to show you - and we can stop if you like - but the rate I've set for this tour doesn't cover the cost of food.**
Hi and welcome to Victoria, the capital city of beautiful British Columbia! My name is Adrien Leduc, I am a proud local yokel, and I would love the opportunity to show you around Fernwood, a neighbourhood that means a lot to me. Vibrant, eclectic, and picturesque, the Discover Fernwood experience combines history, art, food, and fun! I hope you'll join me for this experience!

**A note on food. There are several spots to get a coffee or bite to eat. I'm happy to show you - and we can s…
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Where you'll be

Fernwood, one of Victoria's earliest neighbourhoods. Established in the 1880's, Fernwood boasts wide, tree-lined streets and Pinterest-worthy character homes. Walk includes churches, old homes and buildings with lots of history, a community garden, and a 100-year old brick school.
Hattie
March 2019
We had such a great time on the tour, it was great to experience Fernwood and get a sense of the rich character and history about the area that otherwise we would never have known about. Adrien was an amazing, lovely person and extremely informative about the history of not only Fernwood but Victoria as well. Would definitely recommend to anybody new to the area/people visiting who are interested in the history of Victoria/Fernwood.
We had such a great time on the tour, it was great to experience Fernwood and get a sense of the rich character and history about the area that otherwise we would never have known…
Emily
March 2019
This is a wonderful tour as well as a very inexpensive way to spend a few hours learning about the history of Victoria. Beautiful architecture, very interesting!
Gail
March 2019
Adrien was very personable and knowledgeable about the history and growth of the community of Fernwood. He creates the experience through storytelling, historical photos and documents. If you love learning about the diverse history of Victoria you will appreciate this tour.
Adrien was very personable and knowledgeable about the history and growth of the community of Fernwood. He creates the experience through storytelling, historical photos and docum…
Henry
October 2018
We enjoyed our tour and found the history of Fernwood fascinating. Although food is not part of the tour, we were pretty hungry and Adrien brought us to the Fernwood Pizza shop - easily the best lamb pizza I've ever try. Adrien is a very nice gentleman and he has a burning flame for history. We found his memorization skills impressive, as he can narrate out stories of houses we walked pass during the tour. If you are looking for a good storyteller, Adrien is the man!
We enjoyed our tour and found the history of Fernwood fascinating. Although food is not part of the tour, we were pretty hungry and Adrien brought us to the Fernwood Pizza shop - e…
June
September 2018
We enjoyed our tour and found the area of Fernwood fascinating. Food is not involved in the tour but plenty of history and interesting stories. Adrien is a very pleasant young man and we found his love of history intoxicating.
Johanna
August 2018
Adrien, guide très sympathique, a eu la gentillesse de nous organiser une visite en français (qui n'est pas sa langue maternelle), et même de nous emmener dans sa propre voiture pendant la visite pour gagner du temps ! Cela a été un mélange d'informations sur l'histoire du quartier Fernwood ainsi que sur le mode de vie des habitants de Victoria. Je recommande !
Adrien, guide très sympathique, a eu la gentillesse de nous organiser une visite en français (qui n'est pas sa langue maternelle), et même de nous emmener dans sa propre voiture pe…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Enthusiasm

Suitable footwear for walking