This verdant isle was born of a combination of First Nations and European history, and is home to some of the most enchanting heritage buildings and museums in the province’s capital, Victoria. A population boom from the gold rush helped form Vancouver Island, a region with magnificent Aboriginal heritage, British traditions and diverse eco-systems.

McLean Mill National Historic Site

The McLean Mill National Historic Site is a restored 1926 Steam Sawmill and Camp and is the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada. You can experience the excitement of steam, as the sawmill cuts wood for demonstration and sale.

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Milner Gardens & Woodland

Welcome to Milner Gardens & Woodland, a seaside estate garden in the natural coastal Douglas Fir woodland of Qualicum Beach. Experience the magic of 24 hectares of woodland and 4 hectares of garden surrounding a heritage house.

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Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo Museum- A Historical Journey – You are now able to witness our evolution into the 21st century.

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Old Farm B&B

The Old Farm Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful heritage home situated at the edge of Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island, an easy 40 minute drive north of Victoria, British Columbia.

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Point Ellice House

Built in 1861, Point Ellice House is the only known pioneer home in Victoria with many household items and furnishings that were used by three generations of one family, for over 108 years.

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Providence Farm

Enjoy a visit to historic Providence Farm, a 160 ha (400 ac) therapeutic organic farm in the Cowichan Valley.

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Ross Bay Cemetery

Started in 1873, some of the famous people resting here include painter Emily Carr; Gold miner Nelly Cashman; surgeon Dr. John Helmcken, and James Douglas British Columbia’s first Governor.

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Royal BC Museum

See all of British Columbia in an afternoon at the Royal BC Museum. Unique galleries showcase the human and natural history of our province and temporary exhibitions explore other countries and cultures.

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Sidney Pioneer Railway

For a quarter of a century, the wood-burning steam ‘locies’ of the ‘Cordwood Limited’ hauled trains throughout the Saanich Peninsula. From 1894 to1919, the Victoria and Sidney Railway was vital to the growth of sawmilling and agriculture communities in Saanich.

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Sooke Region Museum

Through the centuries, nature has shaped the people and the history of the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. Presentation of this fascinating story, where the rainforest meets the sea, is the mission of the Sooke Region Museum.

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St. Ann’s Academy Historic Site

St. Ann’s Academy is an enduring legacy of women’s and Francophone history in British Columbia. Built between 1871 and 1910 as a school and convent for the Sisters of St.

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The BirdCages in Victoria

The Legislative Buildings for the Colony of Vancouver Island were built here in 1859. Nicknamed ’The Birdcages’, due to their quaint style, they were replaced in 1894 by the present buildings.

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The Butchart Gardens – National Historic Site

Established in 1904, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. The gardens feature great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local products & an extensive BC wine list.

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The Crow & Gate Public House

Located on ten acres of scenic property in Cedar, near Nanaimo, the Crow & Gate Public House became the first neighbourhood pub in British Columbia in 1972.

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The Fairmont Empress

Constructed in 1908, this luxury hotel overlooking the Inner Harbour is a landmark in Victoria. Features include the Willow Stream Spa; fitness centre; indoor pool; famous Afternoon Tea; casual/family/fine dining options; lounge; and Fairmont Gold concierge.

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The Masthead Restaurant

An excellent fine dining restaurant featuring fresh seafood and extensive wine list, The Masthead Restaurant is set in a building steeped in fascinating history. The Masthead building figures prominently in the history of Cowichan Bay.

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The Old School House Art Centre

Built in 1912, this schoolhouse is now a public art gallery highlighting West Coast culture. It features resident artists’ studios, where artists work in a variety of mediums. Visitors can watch the artists at work & discuss their techniques.

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Wharf Street

In a small park on the west side of Wharf Street, opposite the foot of Fort Street From a muddy trail fronting Fort Victoria, this street changed with the maturing city. In the 1850s, Hudson’s Bay Co.

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