Government Street

Government Street

Victoria’s Heritage Mile

By (author): Danda Humphreys
ISBN 9781927051382
Softcover | Publication Date: May 19, 2012
Book Dimensions: 8 in x 8 in
144 Pages
$19.95 CAD

About the Book

Nothing says “Victoria” like Government Street, the road that runs through the city’s historic downtown core. At one end of the street is the earliest Chinatown in Canada, at the other, a view across the strait to the United States. Since the mid-1800s, Government Street has held the key to Victoria’s past and in her lively new book Danda Humphreys takes you on a guided tour of this “heritage mile.”

The history of Victoria may be short—the city marks its 150th anniversary in 2012—but it hasn’t been dull. Characters, events, politics, and even the buildings were colourful in the early days. Danda’s stories are complemented by archival photos and postcards, and contemporary colour photographs that let you compare historical and present-day views of buildings and features. This stroll along Government Street will reveal the people, places and events that created the city we see today.

About the Author(s)

Danda Humphreys arrived in Victoria, BC, in the mid-1990s and quickly became captivated by the city’s colourful history. Curious about the street names, she began researching their origins and soon earned the unofficial title of “Victoria’s favourite street walker.” She is the author five books on the history of Victoria, including the On the Street Where You Live series and Government Street: Victoria's Heritage Mile.


“Part history and part visitor's guide, Government Street will help bring more attention to the street and its buildings. Anyone reading this book will be sure to see the street in a different way.” —Dave Obee, Times Colonist