Photography in 19th Century British Columbia

Welcome back to our lecture series at Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum!

A photo of Hannah and Richard Maynard, well known Victoria photographers.

Welcome back to our lecture series at Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum! Visit our volunteer run and operated 1865 house museum for a chance to explore early photography in Victoria, 1865-1878.

This illustrated lecture, ‘Photography in 19th Century British Columbia’, also includes trips that Victoria photographers made to First Nations communities on Vancouver Island and the interior of British Columbia.

Join us on Wednesday, October 18 with Dan Savard. Mr. Savard is the retired collections manager of the Anthropology Audio Visual Collection at the Royal BC Museum and author of ‘Images from the Likeness House’.

This talk begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and must be reserved by email at info@rossbayvilla.org or by telephone at 250 598-1803.

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Royal BC Museum: November Events

Memory, micro-organisms and marshes big themes at the Royal BC Museum this November

VICTORIA, BC–Brighten up your dreary November with special events and activities at the Royal BC Museum. Enhance your language skills by listening to stories told in local First Nations languages, pay your respects at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and embrace your competitive side with Museum Happy Hour pub quizzes and more.

Join Dr. Genevieve Hill for Live at Lunch: From Marshes to Mountains on Wednesday, November 1 at noon. Dr. Hill will talk about her partnership with the Cowichan Tribes field technicians and how they worked together to survey cultural sites in the Cowichan Valley. This event takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall; admission is by donation.

Our Wonder Sunday family program continues this month with a focus on micro-organisms. Use microscopes to get a close look at teeny tiny plankton and other micro-organisms and learn their important role in various ecosystems. This program takes place each Sunday in November from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission or membership.

Home Learners are invited to take part in Who Were They Anyway? Digging into Local History on Monday, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn about the social history of early Victoria through photographs, documents and artifacts from the museum and archives collections. This four-week workshop series is $75 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

Come listen and learn at Have We Got a Story to Tell– Stories from This Land and its People on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local Indigenous storytellers are sharing stories in their original languages such as lək̓ʷəŋin̓əŋ (the language of the land of Greater Victoria), SENĆOŦEN (from the Saanich peninsula), Hul’q’umi’num’ (Cowichan area and some Gulf Islands) and more. Storytellers include Elmer Seniemten George, Tiffany Joseph and MENEŦIYE. Musical performance by Wesley Hardisty. Tickets are $12 per person (10 per cent discount for member).

Museum Happy Hour returns for its next instalment. Each Museum Happy Hour will have a different pub quiz theme: “Natural History” on Thursday November 9, “Archives” on November 16 and “Sound and Music” on November 23. The event is from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm and costs $10 per person. This is a popular event that sells out quickly, so get your tickets early!

Our annual Remembrance Day presentations will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pmLest We Forget: Remembrance Commemorations include musicians, singers and storytellers. The event is included with museum admission or membership.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Old Town and get into the holiday spirit starting on November 16 (running until the end of December). Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see shops decked out in seasonal finery. Starting December 1 you will find Father Christmas in Old Town where he will be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for photos (by donation). Christmas in Old Town is included with museum admission or membership.

On Saturday, November 25, we are hosting a City of Victoria initiative called Performance as Medicine, an Indigenous Performance Art Symposium. Participants will present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms. Registration is $40 and is required for the workshops (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); from 3:30 to 5:30 you are welcome to drop by for a free performance on the Legislative Assembly lawn and a panel discussion in the museum’s Clifford Carl Hall.

We have a don’t-miss special talk for photography enthusiasts who are excited about the upcoming Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018)! Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott: Tall Tales, Long Lenses, presents Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar.

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Spooky, smart and sublime at the Royal BC Museum in October @RoyalBCMuseum #yyjevents

VICTORIA, BC–Pull on a sweater, kick your way through the fallen leaves and head to the Royal BC Museum to explore the many special events and activities we’ve planned this October, including the final days of our feature exhibition Family: Bonds and Belonging. Continue reading “Spooky, smart and sublime at the Royal BC Museum in October @RoyalBCMuseum #yyjevents”

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Colwood Seaside Festival 2017 SUNDAY #yyjevents @COOKEILIDH @FortRoddFisgard

Join the City of Colwood and Parks Canada for a day of heritage fun at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse, including:

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Annual Fab Forts event including Victoria’s largest water gun battle

Victoria’s largest annual squirt gun battle is coming to the Fort! Join us at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 19 with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada’s annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to “Storm the Fort,” then join an “Obstacle Course” or test your aim with “Target Practice.”

Annual Fab Forts event including Victoria’s largest water gun battle at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Victoria’s largest annual squirt gun battle is coming to the Fort!
Join us at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Saturday, August 19 with your water guns at the ready for Parks Canada’s annual Fab Forts event. Come and try to “Storm the Fort,” then join an “Obstacle Course” or test your aim with “Target Practice.”

Face painting, scavenger hunt and music will be offered throughout the day. Re-enactors from the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association and the Pacific Association for Recreating the Middle Ages will be on location with their colourful period costumes and captivating stories. And Parka, our Parks Canada, mascot will visit us a couple times during the day and even ask young ones and parents to join in a little dance.

Activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grab your squirt gun and come soak up some history at Fort Rodd Hill! A fun event for the whole family.
Every August, several of Canada’s historic fortifications take part in “Fab Forts Weekend” to showcase and celebrate Canada’s history. Armed with squirt guns, participants Storm the Fort, venture on an obstacle course, and test their aim with Target Practice in an event that is fun for the whole family. This is the fourth year this event is being hosted in Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.

If visitors want to participate in the water gun battle, they need to expect to get wet and dress accordingly. Participants can bring their own mega water gun and we will have some spare squirt guns, with buckets, sponges, etc. Visitors who would rather stay dry will have the opportunity to participate in many other games. A picnic lunch is always a great idea too! These kinds of outdoor events are one way Parks Canada is helping Canadians connect with nature and fort history.

The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This event in included in the free admission.

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BC Aviation Museum Open House

The BC Aviation Museum Society is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artefacts. We collect, restore and display aircraft and artefacts related to the history of aviation in Canada, with emphasis on British Columbia.

A busy day full of fun, history and learning about the history of aviation in BC.  Lots to do for the kids too.  Food and Refreshments by Sidney Lions Club.

Celebrating Viking Air Limited and the Twin Otter Series 400

Airplane Rides with the Victoria Flying Club Pacific Sky Aviation $35

Military Re-enactors

Face Painting and Kids’ Activities

The BC Aviation Museum Society is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artefacts. We collect, restore and display aircraft and artefacts related to the history of aviation in Canada, with emphasis on British Columbia.

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Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs

West Shore Arts Council is excited to present a special Canada 150 screening of \”Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs\” on July 8, at Hatley Castle.

West Shore Arts Council presents a special Canada 150 screening of“Whatever the Cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs” on July 8, from 4pm till 6pm in the drawing room of Hatley Castle.

Learn about the history of the Dunsmuir family through this wonderful film created by filmmakers David Springbett and Heather MacAndrew. Vocalist Elizabeth Gerow, who has extensively researched the life and music of Elinor Dunsmuir, will also be performing several of Elinor’s original songs along with a lively presentation of her research into Elinor’s life and musical inspiration.

Ticket includes entry and free refreshments.

Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $10.

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Magical History Tour with the GVCC

a bike ride with renowned historian, John Adams. An easy 20km ride

Come along on one of our most popular rides, led by renowned local historian John Adams. Experience a spell-binding, 20km look at Victoria’s past. Be sure to bring a lunch! The ride starts and ends in Centennial Square.

 

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Canada Day Festivities at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, so let’s celebrate with a gun salute, live music and cake! Join the excitement as the Royal Canadian Artillery launches its Canada Day annual gun salute at noon sharp.

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It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, so let’s celebrate with a gun salute, live music and cake! Join the excitement as the Royal Canadian Artillery launches its Canada Day annual gun salute at noon sharp. New this year the salute will be fired from Fort Rodd Hill’s beach at noon sharp. Slices of Victoria’s biggest birthday cake are served shortly thereafter—Thrifty Foods Colwood take great pride in decorating the cake each year.
Enjoy live music performed by military bands and local young talents throughout the day.

Be a kid again; jump in and take part in all the fun activities and explore the fort and lighthouse. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the HUGE cake.

Special note: Admission and a piece of cake is FREE

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites are an amazing backdrop to celebrate Canada Day. Situated right beside each other, the sites have plenty of room for community members to join in the festivities. And where better to celebrate Canada’s birthday than right on the grounds of a historic fort and next to Victoria’s iconic lighthouse? As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, events like this one help to connect Canadians with national historic sites and celebrate our collective history.
Free shuttle bus services from the Juan de Fucca park-and-ride (Ocean Blvd and Hwy 1A) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, admission to Parks Canada places and most special events offered during this year is free. The list of upcoming event found here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill

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Women on the Home Front

Discover how women of the Second World War contributed to our victory. Join costumed re-enactors and Parks Canada staff during this two-day event at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.

  Women on the Home Front
Library and Archives Canada: Personnel of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps at No. 3 CWAC (Basic) Training Centre

Women on the Home Front

Discover how women of the Second World War contributed to our victory. Join costumed re-enactors and Parks Canada staff during this two-day event at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Step back in time to honour women of the Second World War and learn about the important contributions they made on the home front.

Learn the history of Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl, and what the acronym ‘CWAC’ means. Sit behind the wheel of the 1942 Willy’s Jeep for a selfie, play old fashion games, master the art of Victory roll creation, and see how to make delicious desserts from a rationing cook book. Get your family and friends to play along and join in the fun!

This is a great family-friendly event suitable for all ages. Make a day of it, bring a picnic lunch, explore the historic fort and lighthouse, and help celebrate the women who were so critical to Canada’s success during World War II. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, events like this one help connect Canadians with national historic sites and learn about our collective history.

In 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, admission to Parks Canada places is free.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill

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