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Castles, historical homes & National Historic Sites in and around Victoria, BC

  • Heritage Acres Sign, Visitor in Victoria


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, you may have thought the site contained a few old tractors and some farm equipment along with a little train.

  • 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 the beautiful Malahat (Hwy #1) to the parking lot.  (See below for directions) It stands 44 metres high and is

  • Ross Bay Villa in Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria


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 was elected Member of Parliament to pursue the completion of the trans-Canada rail link, the promise that brought British Columbia


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 of the Dunsmuir family can be seen in the elaborate stone structure, the intricate woodwork, spectacular stained glass and the

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


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 a place of eerie, isolated repose. Tucked into Oak Bay at Harling Point, below the point where Crescent Road becomes

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