Point Ellice House – A slice of history in Victoria preserved!
Point Ellice House is a unique treasure located on the Gorge Waterway very close to downtown Victoria, BC. What makes this home so unique is that it has remained in the hands of the same family for three generations with all of it’s original contents and without any substantial redecorations. What you will see, including the wall paper, the fixtures, the furnishings, the china, is original and covers the period from 1890 through 1920 and provides a rare opportunity to see one of North America’s largest collections of late Victorian and early Edwardian objects in an original, untouched Victorian home. It is now a National Historic Site.
Ironically, this special gem is located in the middle of a dirty industrial area very close to downtown Victoria, but don’t be deterred by the surrounding grime. Once through the gate you’ll be transported to a lovely pastoral setting.
The History of Point Ellice House
Point Ellice House was originally built between 1861 and 1864 and was purchased by Peter O’Reilly and his wife Caroline Trutch in 1867. Peter O’Reilly was one of the first Gold Commissioners in BC and later a judge. Caroline’s brother, Joseph Trutch was the first Lt. Governor of the province. The house remained in the family’s possession for 108 years and was sold with all its belongings to the Province of BC in 1975 by O’Reilly’s grandson John and his wife Inez.
Point Ellice House Gardens and Gift Shop
The gardens are open to the public from 12:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. Stay a while to enjoy the heritage roses, hollyhocks, kitchen garden, heart-shaped flower bed, and admire the original Victorian design which is beautifully maintained by skilled volunteer gardeners. Make sure you check out The Secret Vintage Shoppe while you’re there and find something special for your home or garden. All proceeds go towards the Point Ellice House Preservation Society to help maintain the property.
Tour Historic Point Ellice House and the Collection
For more information on tours and admission pricing, click this link: Point Ellice House
The gardens and grounds are free to explore during their open hours.
2616 Pleasant Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Did you know You can access Point Ellice House by car, bus, or water! Access by water is possible via Water Taxi on the Gorge waterway at the Point Ellice House dock. Please make sure to stop by the Visitor Centre immediately after getting off the Harbour Ferry. The Visitor Centre is located on the other side of the property. Contact Victoria Harbour Ferries to arrange transport.