Victoria's Chinatown

Victoria's Chinatown (HMZSS)

Location: Victoria, BC 93401 Capital
Country: Canada
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N 48° 25.757', W 123° 22.07'

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Le Quartier Chinois de Victoria

— 域 多 利 唐 人 街 —

[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 conserv?. Il t?moigne d'un volet important de la lonque histoire et du patrimoine des Sino-Canadiensn. Principal port d'entr?e des immigrants sure la c?te ouest au XIXe si?cle, Victoria se targuait d'avoir la plus forte concentration de Sino-Canadien au pays. Ceux-ci y am?nag?rent un quartier distinct regroupant commerces, habitations et centres communautaires. Concentr? dans la rue Fisgard, le quatier ?tait accessible par un d?dale ?all?es remarquables. Les b?timents en rangs serr rappelient les mod?les et les formes typiques de Victoria. Toits ?vas inspir de ceux de temples, balcons de fer forg? en retrait et en saillie, faux ?tages de rehaussement, cours int?rieures et surplombs en tuiles aux couleurs vives procurent a l'endroit son caract?re distinctif. Ce quartier rappelle par son riche cachet les origines de la communaut? chinoise du Canada.

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Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 11:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 472789 N 5364080
Decimal Degrees48.42928333, -123.36783333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 25.757', W 123° 22.07'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 25' 45.42" N, 123° 22' 4.20" W
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Area Code(s)805, 858
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 551 Fisgard St, Victoria BC 93401, CA
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