Edmonton Chinatown Walking Tours

  • Group photo from a past Edmonton Chinatown Walking Tour. Sharon Yeo

Last summer, the Edmonton Chinese community established a pilot walking tour project to help people learn more about Edmonton’s two Chinatowns. The response was much greater than organizers expected.

“It was a complete success!” says Sunny Bong. “And this year, we are very lucky to have a summer student to help enhance and provide the tour.”

So mark your calendars for the 2018 tours, which will take place every second Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through September, starting at the Shaw Conference Centre. The remaining dates are July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26, September 9, September 16, and September 23. To register for a free tour, go to eventbrite.ca and search for “Edmonton Chinatown Tour.”

The tour guides will invite you to visit a few of the businesses. And, they will talk about the history of Edmonton’s two Chinatowns and current development pressures. For example, construction of the Valley Line LRT is having a significant effect on Chinatown South.

Private tours for groups of 10-12 people can also be arranged. For more information, email edmontonchinatowntours@gmail.com.

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