British Columbia - Victoria/TCH 1


Starting in the south and working my way north, this totem garden is in Thunderbird Park by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

A rogue totem has escaped to Courtney Street at Nootka Court.

If you can make out these plaques, I'm at St. Ann's Academy along Humboldt Street, dating to 1858 in the chapel/dome area and 1887 for the convent around it.

The Christ Church Cathedral on Quadra Street may look older than 1929, but that's because it was designed and started construction in 1893 before a long hiatus until 1920.

Here we have St. Andrew's Cathedral, built for the Catholic congregation in the High Victorian Gothic style in 1892, at Blanshard and View Streets.

The oldest synagogue in Victoria, Congregation Emanu-El has been here at Pandora Avenue and Blanshard Street since 1863.

The 1907 Merchant's Bank of Canada at Douglas Street (Trans-Canada Highway 1) and Yates Street remains a bank, although differently branded.

Heading into the Old Town district, you can see the New England Hotel building (Government Street north of Yates Street) is newer than the hotel itself.

Some more random buildings: The 1887 Boucherat & Co. building at #533 Yates Street, which started life as a liquor warehouse, and the 1882 Yates Block along Wharf (not Yates) Street, which has performed various waterside functions such as warehousing and chandlering.

Onto Johnson Street, heart of Old Town. This is representative of the overall age of buildings in the next block, dating to 1891.

Here's the south side of the street, a giant block of Victorian-era establishments. The W.G. Cameron building, for example, dates to 1888.

The western half of the block of buildings on the north side is known as Market Square. The building with that label affixed is the 1892 Strand Hotel.

I don't have a name or date for this building, but it's clearly of similar age.

From the east end of this block, the 1888 E.G. Prior Building is on the northeast corner of Johnson and Government Streets.

Look southeast from there and see the historic Hotel Canada ad on the north side of the 1892 Ducks Building, which fronts on Broad Street.

To close this out, my farthest north photo in Victoria is the 1906 Beehive Wool Shop at #1700 Douglas Street, leaving town on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Parliament Buildings
Onto Trans-Canada Highway 1 alone

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