Fan Tan Alley (Doug Clement Photography)

Looking for the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post? 

When it comes to picture perfect settings, Victoria has it all. Ocean views, temperate rainforests, mountain top panoramas.  

Victoria is also home to some unique charms that are perfect for capturing, such as their famous alleyways. 

With twinkling lights, artwork and incredible architecture, the alleyways are ready for you to pose and shoot!

Without further ado, here are 5 picturesque alleys in Victoria read to hit your Instagram feed: 

Fan Tan Alley

Fan Tan Alley is well known to locals and a must see for tourists visiting the city. 

The alley begins on Pandora Street and connects with Victoria’s Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the second oldest in North America. 

Fan Tan Alley is considered the narrowest street in the country and includes more than a dozen local shops offering ice cream, jewellery, bath products and more!

Dragon Alley 

Dragon Alley is another well known alley to visit and photograph!

From Fisgard street, enter Dragon Alley through a small, brick walkway before emerging amongst a small square. Inside the alley, you will find some local small businesses in bright yellow and orange buildings. 

The end of the alleyway connects you to Herald Street and Union Pacific Cafe!

Trounce Alley

If you’re looking for an open and beautifully lit alleyway, Trounce Alley will be perfect for your Instagram feed. 

This alleyway was named after Victoria pioneer Thomas Trounce and is decorated with hanging lights above your head. The alley also contains 125 year old authentic gaslights. 

Once you’re done taking your photos, take a look at some of the local stores and enjoy some authentic Spanish tapas at The Tapa Bar. 

Waddington Alley

Waddington Alley, a short lane between lower Yates and Johnson street, is the only street in the city still paved with wood blocks. 

The alley contains several buildings more than a century old as well as the popular Il Terrazzo restaurant tucked within it. 

If you’re looking for a spooky place for your Instagram, check out Waddington Alley. It is a popular stop on Victoria’s Ghostly Tours. 

Theatre Alley

Although Theatre Alley is short, it’s still a good spot for a quick Instagram picture. 

The alley connects Fisgard and Pandora Streets and is also a popular spot on Victoria’s ghost tours.


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