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Victoria has a rich and vibrant history.  There are many museums, heritage buildings and yes … castles … to explore and marvel over.  If you love seeing the past come to life, consider a visit or maybe a tour of some of the many heritage sites in our beautiful city!

 

MUSEUMS

  • Heritage Acres Sign, Visitor in Victoria

HERITAGE ACRES

Heritage Acres in Saanich, BC is operated by the Saanich Historical Artifact Society. Like me, you may have seen the sign for Heritage Acres as you're driving along the Pat Bay Hwy.  And like me,

  • Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, Victoria, BC

FORT RODD HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

The history of the fortification of Victoria, BC goes all the way back to 1878 when the first muzzle loading batteries were built to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base by the Royal Navy.  

  • Toy Museum in Victoria, BC

NATIONAL TOY MUSEUM

The National Toy Museum of Canada specializes in the preservation and history of old toys. 1410 Broad Street Victoria, British Columbia Hours:  Mon - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00

  • General Ashton Armoury Museum, Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

GENERAL ASHTON ARMOURY MUSEUM

The Ashton Armoury Museum, located in the LGen E.C. Ashton Armoury was established in 1994 to maintain, honour and promote the histories of our local Communications (Signals), Logistic, Medical and Military Police units, their Canadian

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THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF BC

The Maritime Museum of BC Location: After our move from our long-term home in Bastion Square, we are now located downtown on Humboldt. St, close to the Inner Harbour and across the street from The

  • Hatley Castle

HATLEY CASTLE

HATLEY PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND ... A MOVIE STAR! Hatley Castle James Dunsmuir commissioned Samuel Maclure, a Victorian architect, to design the “Castle”.   Local stone, trimmed by Valdez and Saturna

  • Government House in Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria

GOVERNMENT HOUSE AND CARY MEWS

One of Victoria's 'hidden gems' ... Government House is the seat of the Lieutenant Governer of British Columbia, The Honorable Judith Guichon, OBC. Government House is located in the heart of the Rockland neighbourhood in

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ROYAL BC MUSEUM, VICTORIA, BC

A must-do for any visitor to Victoria is a trip to the Royal BC Museum. Located at 675 Belleville St., across from the Provincial Legislature Bldgs., and just down from the Empress Hotel/Convention Centre, the

  • Canadian Scottish Regiment

THE CANADIAN SCOTTISH REGIMENTAL MUSEUM

The Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) Regimental Museum is located upstairs in the heritage building of the Bay Street Armoury at 715 Bay St. in Victoria, BC. This museum is

  • CFB Military Museum

ESQUIMALT NAVAL & MILITARY MUSEUM

For the military buffs in the family, the Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum is something to check out! The museum follows the development of the naval presence on the West Coast of Canada. It traces

  • British Columbia Aviation Museum, Victoria, BC

BRITISH COLUMBIA AVIATION MUSEUM

Attention all Aviation Enthusiasts! The British Columbia Aviation Museum is a major attraction on Vancouver Island, located next to the Victoria International Airport at 1910 Norseman Rd in Sidney.   There are many interesting aircraft, engines,

  • Fisgard lighthouse at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site

FORT RODD HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE & EVENTS

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. At Fort Rodd Hill, visitors can explore gun batteries and underground magazines built a century ago, as well as searchlight emplacements, command posts...and much more. Signs, audio and video

CASTLES, HISTORICAL BUILDINGS & NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES

  • McLean Mill Visitor in Victoria

THE MCLEAN MILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

A Trip Back in Time at the McLean Mill National Historic Site, Port Alberni, BC. A 2 1/2 hour drive will take you to one of Vancouver Island most interesting historical sites, the McLean Mill. 

  • Heritage Acres Sign, Visitor in Victoria

HERITAGE ACRES

Heritage Acres in Saanich, BC is operated by the Saanich Historical Artifact Society. Like me, you may have seen the sign for Heritage Acres as you're driving along the Pat Bay Hwy.  And like me,

  • Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, Victoria, BC

FORT RODD HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

The history of the fortification of Victoria, BC goes all the way back to 1878 when the first muzzle loading batteries were built to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base by the Royal Navy.  

HISTORIC KINSOL TRESTLE

For a unique biking or walking experience, I suggest you drive up to see the amazing century old Kinsol Trestle which is now part of the Trans Canada Trail.  It's about an hour's drive up

  • St. Stephens Anglican Church Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

HISTORIC CHURCHES PART 1

There are many historic buildings in and around Victoria and some of the loveliest ones are the churches.  Here are some you may wish to check out.  Many are still in operation as places of

  • Ross Bay Villa in Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

ROSS BAY VILLA

The Ross Bay Villa was the home of Francis and Letitia Roscoe from 1865 to 1878. Located at 1490 Fairfield Rd. Victoria, BC Francis was a hardware merchant and active community member.  In 1874 he

  • Hatley Castle

5 BEST HISTORICAL SITES IN VICTORIA

If you're a history buff ... or if you're simply interested in the heritage aspects of a place, here's some of our most interesting and entertaining locations: Craigdarroch Castle Location: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC

  • Craigdarrach Castle, Victoria, BC

CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE

Craigdarroch Castle - a National Historic Site Craigdarroch Castle was completed in 1890 by the coal baron Robert Dunsmuir.  It has 39 rooms and is over 25,000 square feet in size.  The wealth and extravagance

  • ross bay cemetery, Victoria, BC, YYJ, Vancouver Island, Historical tours Victoria,Visitor in Victoria

ROSS BAY CEMETERY

Ross Bay Cemetery is located at 1516 Fairfield Road. Many historical figures from the early days of the province and colony of British Columbia are buried at Ross Bay.  It's a beautiful setting and a

  • Chinese Cemetary in Victoria, BC Harling Point Visitor in Victoria

CHINESE CEMETERY

The Harling Point Chinese cemetery is a beautiful, serene bit of history tucked away in Oak Bay. Mass graves, a brooding figure of native legend and a misfit of a neighbourhood make the Chinese Cemetery

  • bc parliament buildings

THE PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS

Along with the Empress Hotel, the Parliament Buildings dominate the scenery in downtown Victoria. Victoria is the capital of the Province of British Columbia and is home to the Legislative Legislative Chamber

  • Wentworth Villa in Victoria, BC

WENTWORTH VILLA

Wentworth Villa, one of the oldest and most valued residential houses in Victoria, was built in the spring and summer of 1863. Done in Gothic Revival style, the sophistication of the design makes it likely

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EMPRESS HOTEL

The Fairmont Empress (most commonly known as The Empress) is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Located on Government Street facing the Inner Harbour, the Empress has become

  • Chinatown, Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

CHINATOWN

A great place to wander through if you have an hour or two is Victoria's Chinatown. It's the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the 2nd oldest in North America behind San Francisco's Chinatown.  Located on

  • Emily Carr Painting

EMILY CARR HOUSE

Emily Carr House - A Canadian National & Provincial Heritage Site. We are now closed for our 2016 Visitor Season. We will be re-opening for our 2017 drop-in Visitor Season in May but the exact

  • Hatley Castle

HATLEY CASTLE

HATLEY PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND ... A MOVIE STAR! Hatley Castle James Dunsmuir commissioned Samuel Maclure, a Victorian architect, to design the “Castle”.   Local stone, trimmed by Valdez and Saturna

  • Point Ellice House

POINT ELLICE HOUSE

Point Ellice House - Come for Food, Stay for the Charm Point Ellice House - A slice of history in Victoria preserved! Point Ellice House is a unique treasure located on the Gorge Waterway very

  • Fisgard lighthouse at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site

FORT RODD HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE & EVENTS

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. At Fort Rodd Hill, visitors can explore gun batteries and underground magazines built a century ago, as well as searchlight emplacements, command posts...and much more. Signs, audio and video

  • Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

DOMINION ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY

Also known as the "Centre of the Universe", the observatory was closed to the public in 2013 due to financial constraints.** History The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, located on Observatory Hill, in Saanich, British Columbia, was

  • guided walking tours

GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF VICTORIA, BC

There is a lot of history in Victoria, with colourful characters and fascinating stories.  Here are some guided tours that are fun and interesting! Ghostly Walks Ghostly Walks are walking tours conducted every night from

  • St. Ann's Academy Logo

ST. ANN’S ACADEMY

St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site St. Ann's Academy Walk through the wrought-iron gate, along the drive, up the grand staircase and in the former school’s formal entrance. View the 1920’s era

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