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I've been on several of John Adams' Discover the Past walking tours, and they're a fun way to explore Victoria and learn more about the provincial capital's history. This summer, Adams has teamed up with the Royal BC Museum, and is offering a Gold Fever Trail Walking Tour.
Participants will walk in the footsteps of gold rush personalities, plus see some of Victoria's legendary and lesser-known sites that served the miners of BC's gold rushes. Victoria was the port of entry for merchants, prospectors, card sharks, heroes and villains -- and even a herd of camels.
During the 90-minute walking tour, each participant will take on a real character, making choices that will determine his/her fate. Along the way, you'll hear anecdotes about the colorful people; see some of the city's famous sites in Old Town; and learn how to pan for gold.
Tours run daily at 1PM through September 6, 2015. Meet in front of the Royal BC Museum at the gold panning trough. Tickets are $15, and may be purchased online.
To learn more about the Gold Rush, visit the Gold Rush!: El Dorado in BC exhibition now on display at the Royal BC Museum through October 31, 2015.