Victoria unveiled the first of 11 wayfinding signs designed to help people find their way around Victoria. The inaugural sign was blessed by local First Nations on March 21, 2018. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

New signage to show Victoria residents and tourists the way

Eleven new wayfinding signs use Lekwungen language to guide people from Ogden Point to the Johnson Street Bridge

Downtown is getting some new signage just in time for the summer tourist season.

Eleven new signs will be installed as part of the first phase of the city’s new wayfinding system — designed to help tourists and local residents navigate their way to key attractions and destinations.

The first sign was unveiled Wednesday by Mayor Lisa Helps and members of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations, in a show of solidarity to demonstrate that B.C.’s capital city is located on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking people.

Each new sign will incorporate Lekwungen place names including:

  • Inner Harbour – xʷsey̓’əm (two signs)
  • Chinatown – čeymən tawen
  • Douglas Street – xʷənitəm siʔem saɫ
  • Old Town – kə’siŋ’aləs
  • City Hall – siʔem tawen’ewtxw
  • James Bay – sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ
  • Ogden Point – čən’it taŋ’exw (two signs)
  • Fisherman’s Wharf – sq̓e̓ʔqeq̓ wa’əp
  • Belleville Terminal – xʷey’qʷəlʔəɬ

The signs will be focused around the downtown core, stretching along the David Foster Harbour Pathway from Ogden Point to the Johnson Street Bridge.

Phase 1 consists of 68 signs in total, including the 11 large wayfinding signs and other smaller fingerboard, fingerpost and flag signs. The second phase will focus on extending the same system into neighbourhoods and village centres later this year and into early 2019.

The City of Victoria said the signs – designed to help guide pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users – will create a positive experience for those trying to find their way, and reinforces the city as an inclusive, walkable and welcoming place.

 

Just Posted

Development replacing Fairfield United Church gets final approval

The new Unity Commons Development will take over the space at 1303 Fairfield Rd.

Victoria police search for missing man, his vehicle and travel trailer

Last seen on March 17 driving white Honda Ridgeline bearing B.C. licence plate CG 4316

Victoria musician’s song featured on American Idol

Mike Edel’s song ‘The Finish Line’ was featured on the hit show

Saanich councillor questions why Victoria Mayor Helps would shut out public from amalgamation deliberations

Coun. Judy Brownoff says Saanich puts “high standard” on public engagement, openness and transparency.

Sidney business organization cyber attacked

President’s contact list sent unsolicited messages

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

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

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Couple rescued after Sea to Sky Gondola refused ride down hill

‘We were cold as hell, my lips were blue. I cried the entire way down’

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

B.C. man sentenced for tying up, assaulting and robbing another man at hotel

Gabriel Stephen Nelson robbed and assaulted travelling businessman in Nanaimo in 2017

B.C. girl and her toy monkey make videos to fight negativity on Facebook

Ava Ast created the Ava and Cello’s Good Deed Page last month

Deadline extended through April to nominate top B.C. educators

Second year of Premier John Horgan’s awards offers $3,000 bursary

Victoria meme accounts unite residents

Poking fun at common frustrations around Greater Victoria brings laughs

Most Read