599 Island Road

ADDRESS 599 YEAR BUILT 1909 STREET Island Road AREA Oak Bay PROTECTION Designated ARCHITECT OR BUILDER Francis M Rattenbury LINK To Oak Bay Heritage Link to News Article

524 Island Road

ADDRESS 524 YEAR BUILT 1932 STREET Island Road AREA Oak Bay PROTECTION None ARCHITECT OR BUILDER

Trutch Street

  Times Colonist July 22, 2022 Victoria’s Trutch Street was renamed Su’it Street for the Lekwungen word for “truth” in a ceremony with the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations and […]

BC Provincial Museum – The Past

Daily Colonist, November 18, 1962. SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS OF PROGRESS – BC’s Provincial Museum Steadily Expands. By G. Clifford Carl Seventy-five years ago, the Provincial Museum of Natural History first opened […]

THE MASONRY WALL AT ENTERPRISE WHARF

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a popular course on geology at UBC. It was mainly about the then newly accepted theories of plate tectonics but also […]

The Negro Immigration Into Vancouver Island In 1858

B.C. Historical Quarterly, April, 1939 https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bch/items/1.0190667#p28z-3r0f:%22british%20columbia%20historical%20quarterly%22%20AND%20%22april,%201939%22 The Negro Immigration Into Vancouver Island In 1858. F.W. Howay California was from the beginning a free State. Its constitution provided that there should […]

Who Created First Nations Residential Schools?

Sir John A. Macdonald is often vilified for creating the Indigenous residential schools that devastated so many First Nations communities.  But a recent online presentation by an amateur Ontario historian […]

Saving Building With Seismic Upgrades

In the City of Victoria recent development proposals which involved historic masonry buildings in the downtown area have had engineering opinions put forward that, under the current Building Code and […]

Facadism at 1702 Quadra

1702 Quadra – Will this soon be but a façade? The Abby at 1702 Quadra Street, at the corner with Fisgard, was constructed shortly before WWI to a design by […]