Saanich heritage bus tour highlights literary locals

Annual bus tour and tea to visit homes of Nellie McClung, Bruce Hutchison and Helen Stewart, among others

Local author and historian Valerie Green likes to create a cohesive theme each time she hosts the annual Saanich Heritage Bus Tour and Tea.

This year, as the near sold-out bus is readied for another jaunt around Saanich, Green is proving she’s put together another appealing package for new and returning heritage buffs.

“I thought about how many authors in the past and present have lived in Saanich, so we created a literary theme and we’re going to include the homes of people like Bruce Hutchison, Nellie McClung and children’s author and illustrator Helen Stewart,” Green said.

Green couldn’t explain why Saanich continues to be a magnet for literary professionals, but the legacy left by the likes of McClung and others in their retirement years leaves plenty of inspiration for aspiring writers.

McClung’s most famous work is a 1936 collection of short stories, Leaves from Lantern Lane, based on her own home on Ferndale Road in Gordon Head, Green said.

“Nellie had a long lane leading to her house, which we will be walking down towards the house on our tour,” she said. “Nellie always used to hang a lantern at the end of that lane.”

Stewart’s 1912 home at Ten Mile Point includes a visit to her in-house printing press, which occupies an old ballroom built originally for the original occupant’s daughter to entertaining her guests.

“It’s just an enormous ballroom,” Green said. “The house has a fascinating history, but I don’t want to give away too much.”

Saanich archivist Caroline Duncan said the tour has remained popular since its inception 27 years ago. The afternoon tea also facilities a memorable social event, particularly for seniors.

“We do tend to get older adults but everybody is welcome,” Duncan said. “The tour is really great for people who no longer drive. We’re seeing Saanich neighbourhoods and heritage houses that people might not be able to get out and see on their own anymore, and it’s a very sociable event.”

Tickets to the event are $30. Bus tour participants will be picked up at Saanich Commonwealth Place at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 28). The coach returns to the same location at 4:30 p.m. following afternoon tea at St. Aiden’s United Church. For more information or tickets, call Saanich Archives at 250-475-1775 or go online to recreation.saanich.ca.

 

 

Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read