Ray Travers, chair of the Memorial Avenue Committee, stands near the memorial trees on Shelbourne Street commemorating Canadian war deaths during the First World War. A ceremony Saturday will mark its transformation into a commemorative space in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. (Black Press File)

Lieutenant governor to re-dedicate Saanich’s Shelbourne Street

Ceremony comes just weeks before the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day

B.C.’s lieutenant-governor will help mark the re-dedication of a Saanich road in honour of local soldiers, who lost their lives during the First World War.

Janet Austin will join local MP Murray Rankin, local MLA Andrew Weaver, Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell, and Saanich Coun. Susan Brice on Saturday, Sept. 29 during the re-dedication of Shelbourne Street as Memorial Avenue. Access to the event scheduled to take place on Shelbourne Street near San Juan opens at 10:30 a.m. with the official ceremony scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m.

The ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 marks a major milestone for plans to turn Shelbourne Street into a commemorative space in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Other measures are planned in future years.

Shelbourne Street became Canada’s first Road of Remembrance in Oct. 2, 1921 following the end of the First World War. These roads commemorated Canadian war deaths during the First World War by planting trees along major suburban roads like Shelbourne Street, and a local group calling itself Memorial Avenue Committee under the leadership of Ray Travers has been working with Saanich to complete the project under the project heading “Street of Unfinished Dreams.”

Saanich staff earlier this week installed 30 new streets signs identifying Shelbourne Street as Memorial Avenue between North Dairy Road and the entrance Mount Douglas Park.

These signs – which show a stylized Canadian maple leaf framed by two poppies, courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion — complement without replacing existing street signage.

Staff also plan to install four World War One Interpretive Panels in three locations along Shelbourne Street.

Saanich authorities are reminding residents that police will close Shelbourne Street between San Juan and Mount Douglas Park between 10:30 a.m. to about noon.The intersection at San Juan Avenue and Shelbourne Street will remain open.

Public parking lots will be available at Gordon Head Middle School (1671 Kenmore), Lambrick Park School (4139 Torquay Drive), and the Gordon Head Recreation Centre (4100 Lambrick Park Way).

B.C. Transit will also increase service on Sept. 29.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Overnight shutdown of Highway 1 at McKenzie interchange for sign installation

Traffic will be impacted in both directions, detour available

Wildfire smoke expected to blanket Greater Victoria again

Conditions expected to worsen Wednesday afternoon but not approach levels reached a few weeks ago

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

Reader photos: Sun rises and sets over Oak Bay

Sunrise from an early morning yoga session at Oak Bay Beach Hotel… Continue reading

Canadian warship HCMS Regina sails past Sidney

The vessel recently returned from the world’s largest naval exercise

Orange Shirt Society launches first textbook on residential school history

Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley worked on the 156-page book to help educate students

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Orange Shirt Day lessons of past in today’s classrooms

Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia, is credited for creating the movement

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Greens’ Furstenau fires at NDP, Liberals on pandemic recovery, sales tax promise

She also criticized the NDP economic recovery plan, arguing it abandons the tourism industry

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Most Read