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A horse and sleigh at Beacon Hill Park in the early 1900s

Photos paint a picture of Christmas in Saanich

Museum archives boast a collection of Christmas memories

A horse and sleigh at Beacon Hill Park in the early 1900s
The Memorial trees along Shelbourne Street were planted in 1921 to commemorate British Columbia’s First World War veterans. Efforts over the years to protect and restore this important heritage site provide an example of the many projects and initiates that can be nominated in Saanich’s Arts

Awards recognize arts, culture and heritage

Nominations open until Oct. 14 for awards recognizing arts, culture and heritage in Saanich

The Memorial trees along Shelbourne Street were planted in 1921 to commemorate British Columbia’s First World War veterans. Efforts over the years to protect and restore this important heritage site provide an example of the many projects and initiates that can be nominated in Saanich’s Arts
A picnic in Saanich

Saanich Archives tackles oral history project

Phyllis Roberts born in landmark house on Blenkinsop Road in 1917

A picnic in Saanich
“Vancouver’s Island

Saanich history: Harpooner brought settlers to Island

Among the passengers aboard the Harpooner were several Scottish labourers hired by Captain Walter Colquhoun Grant.

“Vancouver’s Island
This photo shows a picnic held by the Lake Hill Women’s Institute during the 1930s.

Women’s institutes play prominent role in Saanich’s history

Women of Gordon Head established B.C.'s first women's institute in 1909

This photo shows a picnic held by the Lake Hill Women’s Institute during the 1930s.
Maude and Thomas Hall in their garden at Stranton Lodge

Saanich heritage garden found at Stranton Lodge

Stranton Lodge was designed by noted Saanich architect Hubert Savage and built by contractor Donald McKay Lindsay in 1934

Maude and Thomas Hall in their garden at Stranton Lodge
Saanich Police Chief Thomas Hastings on a motorcycle

Police Chief fought bootlegging, rode first Saanich Police Harley

In February 1920, Thomas Hastings joined Saanich Police after serving the Canadian Military Police Corps and in First World War.

Saanich Police Chief Thomas Hastings on a motorcycle
Municipal Clerk James R. Carmichael on the steps of the first municipal hall

Celebrating Saanich’s 110th birthday through historical records

One hundred and ten years ago this month, the Corporation of the District of Saanich was formed.

Municipal Clerk James R. Carmichael on the steps of the first municipal hall
The Irvine family at Rose Bank Farm in Saanich in 1892.

Irvine family leaves Scotland for Rose Bank Farm

John and Jessie Irvine arrived in Fort Victoria in 1851, purchasing a farm in Saanich five years later

The Irvine family at Rose Bank Farm in Saanich in 1892.
Local soldiers from Willows Camp were called out to help clear the roads during the record-breaking snowfall in the winter of 1915/16.

Memories of Christmas in Saanich a century ago

Saanich celebrated the holidays through the hardship of the First World War

Local soldiers from Willows Camp were called out to help clear the roads during the record-breaking snowfall in the winter of 1915/16.
Saanich resident Kenneth Walter Foster served overseas during the First World War.

One of the Lucky Ones: Private Kenneth Foster

Saanich teen used false birthdate to enlist and was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Somme

Saanich resident Kenneth Walter Foster served overseas during the First World War.
Dodd House was built in 1859-60 for Charles and Grace Dodd while he worked as an officer for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Dodd House is Saanich’s oldest surviving home

In 1978, Dodd House was threatened with demolition and moved to Lambrick Park for preservation

Dodd House was built in 1859-60 for Charles and Grace Dodd while he worked as an officer for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Geoffrey Vantreight is listed in the 1921 census as a farmer living on Tyndall Avenue with his wife Maud and daughters Margaret and Helen.

Saanich through the lens of 1921 Census

By 1921, Saanich was home to 10,400 residents and nearly 40 per cent were under the age of 19

Geoffrey Vantreight is listed in the 1921 census as a farmer living on Tyndall Avenue with his wife Maud and daughters Margaret and Helen.

Photographer puts Saanich’s early years into perspective

Annie Girling captured hundreds of images detailing life in the early 20th century in Saanich