James Bay Food & History Self-Guided Tour

This tour is closed for the season! It will re-open April 01, 2022.
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Price

$35

DistanCE

3 km
1.8 miles

Mode of transport

Walk

Discover gardens, gastronomy, and history:

Spending a day walking around James Bay is a must-do activity when visiting Victoria. This historic neighbourhood hugs the coastline on the most Southern tip of Vancouver Island and is full of lush temperate-rainforest gardens, Victorian-era heritage houses, and numerous bustling cafes, gourmet restaurants, and quaint foodie shops.

Not to mention it is home to some of the biggest tourist attractions in Victoria including the Legislature Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, The Emily Carr house, and the Ogden Point Cruise Ship Terminal. Our James Bay Food & History Self-Guided Tour is a fun and informative way to explore this popular neighbourhood on your own time and at our own pace using our foodie passport and free GPS-guided app.

Discover gardens, gastronomy, and history:

Spending a day walking around James Bay is a must-do activity when visiting Victoria. This historic neighbourhood hugs the coastline on the most Southern tip of Vancouver Island and is full of lush temperate-rainforest gardens, Victorian-era heritage houses, and numerous bustling cafes, gourmet restaurants, and quaint foodie shops.

Not to mention it is home to some of the biggest tourist attractions in Victoria including the Legislature Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, The Emily Carr house, and the Ogden Point Cruise Ship Terminal. Our Self-Guided James Bay Food & History Tour is a fun and informative way to explore this popular neighbourhood on your own time and at our own pace using our foodie passport and free GPS-guided app.

Passport Foodie Stops:

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Business Website: https://imaginestudio.cafe/

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Passport Sample

One traditional Indigenous bannock

Bannock with butter and jam
Bowl of creamy seafood chowder

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Business Website: https://www.barbsfishandchips.com/

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One small bowl of seafood chowder

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Business Website: https://www.nourishkitchen.ca/

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Passport Sample

One 8OZ signature drink including coffee, tea, or hot chocolate

Small cup of coffee
crackers topped with brie and honey

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Local crackers topped with brie then drizzled with local blackberry honey.

two small chocolates

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Business Website: http://www.terribletruffles.com/

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Two handmade Truffles

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Passport Sample

One 100g bag of One Sailing Wait snack mix

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Important Information

  • Keep your foodie passport safe like you would a real one. We can’t replace lost passports and this is the only way to acquire your tasting samples.
  • The passport is valid for 2 weeks once you pick-it up from our kiosk so use it up! After the expiration date the foodie samples are no longer valid.
  • If you choose to complete the tour in one-day, plan for at least 2-3 hours of walking and tasting. Please note that Imagine Studio Cafe is closed on Monday and many of the included restaurants are closed on holiday Mondays. Courtyard Cafe is now closed at 3pm until further notice due to staff shortage.
  • You will need headphones to listen to the commentary on your phone. Bring your own or we sell them for $7. You could also play the tour on your phone speaker.
  • You will need a fully charged cell phone to run the app. Please charge your cell phone before starting the tour, you are welcome to charge it at the kiosk.
  • Please note that you will need to know your Apple ID in order to download the APP. You may want to have this information handy before you come to pick-up the passport at the kiosk.
  • Hours and times of food businesses change, especially on holidays. For the most up-to-date information please contact the business directly.
  • The most ideal time to do the tour is Tuesday-Sunday 10am-noon. Please note that many of the restaurants included are very busy at lunch hour especially Barb’s Fish & Chips. You will have to wait in line if you decide to go at lunch.
  • There is roughly 3 KM (1.8 Miles) of light walking. We suggest wearing appropriate footwear.
  • This is not a VIP access card that lets you jump the queue. You may have to wait in line or wait for a table at certain spots. We recommend visiting during non-peak times. Sorry, even we have to wait sometimes!
  • The answer is yes, you should definitely leave a gratuity. These are small businesses working incredibly hard and it is our local custom to tip wait staff, counter staff, and really anyone that flashes a smile and serves you food + drinks. A Toonie or Loonie will do.

Dietary Concerns

We are unable to make substitutions for any dietary allergies or vegetarian requests. This tour is not suitable for those with a seafood, gluten, or dairy allergy. A few things to consider:

  1. While the food is a very important aspect of the tour you will still enjoy the commentary and stories that come with the tour so if there is one or two stops you may skip we still think the tour is worth it!
  2. We have more control over dietary requests on our guided tours. If you have allergies we would suggest joining us on our guided tours.