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  Please contact each heritage organizations directly to get current        2023 information for operating times, programming, and possible        Covid protocols.

  Note: Website listings are for 2023


Heritage Organizations

Quick Links: L'Association Historique Francophone de Victoria | B.C. Jewish Historical Society | Cultural Resource Management Program | Hallmark Society | Oak Bay Heritage Foundation | Saanich Heritage Foundation | Sidney and North Saanich Historical Society | Victoria Civic Heritage Trust | Victoria Heritage Foundation (VHF) | Victoria Historical Society |

This listing updated 19 July 2022
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c/o Societe francophone de Victoria
2-1218 Rue Langley, Victoria, V8W 1W2, C.-B.

Research and publishing regarding the Francophone history in Victoria: French Presence in Victoria Tome I - 1843-1991, French Presence in Victoria Tome II - 1991-2017, and Portraits of Pioneering Francophone Women of Greater Victoria (2022). Archives kept at Parish of St. Jean Baptiste, 307 Richmond Avenue, Victoria. Installs plaques and tombstones. Regular commemorative events. See website to download guided walks. Free membership.

This listing updated 5 July 2023
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Administered by: The Jewish Historical Society of BC
6184 Ash Street
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 3G9
Phone: 604-257-5199

Jewish cemetery on Cedar Hill is the oldest in Western Canada. Congregation Emanu-El at 1461 Blanshard Street, a national historic site and the oldest continuously active synagogue in Canada and western North America. In the summer there are Synagogue and Walking Tours

Membership includes the Chronicle newsletter 1 or 2 times per year and the annual journal, The Scribe.

For information about historic walking tours, moderated discussion series, online and travelling exhibits please see:

This listing updated 18 July 2023
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Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria, V8W 2Y2

For over 30-years the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria has offered credit and non-credit educational opportunities for emerging and mid-career professionals in museum, heritage and cultural sector. This includes a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management, Professional Specialization Certificates in Collections Management, as well as Visitor and Community Engagement, and Professional Development Certificates in Digital Planning for Cultural Sector, as well as Indigenous Cultural Stewardship. Courses are predominantly offered in an online, asynchronous format; however, a few courses are available as 6-day intensives in a face-to-face format. Professional development opportunities are also available for individual enrollment.

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This listing is for Summer 2020
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2755 Admirals Road
Mailing Address: 15-1594 Fairfield Rd,
PO Box 50013 Fairfield Plaza PO
Victoria, BC V8S 1G0

Office open: by appointment only

Membership: Students: $15/year; Individual: $25/year; Family $35/year; Group: $50/year.

Society dedicated to the preservation of structural, natural, cultural and horticultural heritage within the Capital Regional District. Goals accomplished through education, public speaking, tours, exhibitions, websites. Research facility of architecture and landscapes of CRD. Extensive collection of over 10,000 files, 6,000 slides. Walking tours by request. Annual Hallmark Heritage Society Awards for contributions to heritage. Meetings and newsletter quarterly: Preserve. Sponsors South Vancouver Island Regional Heritage Fair for students. Archival website with over 10,000 photographs. Registered non-profit society.

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This listing is for Summer 2020
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Oak Bay Municipal Hall
Online list which includes Registered and Designated houses with photos
Volunteer organization with a monthly meeting, open to the public, at 4pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Municipal Hall.

Funding body to assist owners of designated and registered heritage buildings with restoration and preservation costs. The Foundation also promotes and encourages public interest in heritage conservation.

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This listing updated 20 July 2022
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Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Avenue
250-475-1775/ext. 3513

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

The goals and objectives of the Foundation are to promote and encourage the preservation of significant examples of Saanich's heritage buildings and sites. The Foundation provides grants to owners of designated heritage buildings for the purpose of assisting in the costs of the preservation, maintenance or restoration of such structures. Regular meetings once a month; no meetings in July, August or December.

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This listing is for Summer 2020
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9281 Ardmore Drive, North Saanich

Society made sound recordings of older residents, now stored at Saanich Pioneers' Society Museum and Archives. Has made several historical videos for the Sidney and Saanichton areas. Videos can be obtained from the Saanich Pioneers' Society or the Sidney Public Library.

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This listing updated 7 July 2022
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Box 8388, Victoria

Monday - Friday: 10:am - 5 pm.

Established in 1989 to support the enhancement, interpretation and preservation of Victoria's heritage. It aids in the rehabilitation of downtown heritage buildings through cost-share restoration grant programs and promotes the conservation of Victoria's heritage through various interpretation programs.

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This listing updated 5 July 2023
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1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC V8V 1P6

The Victoria Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, created in 1983 by the City of Victoria to manage its funding program for Heritage-Designated houses. Grants assist owners with rehabilitating and maintaining their house exteriors. Over 425 houses are now designated; most of those have received VHF funding.

VHF has been involved in a variety of research and interpretation projects to promote awareness and conservation of Victoria's heritage homes and residential neighbourhoods. VHF continues to update the four-volumes of This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods. This fascinating and popular series is comprised of Vol. 1: Fernwood & Victoria West, Vol. 2: James Bay, Vol. 3: Rockland, Burnside, Harris Green, Hillside/Quadra, North Park & Oaklands and Vol. 4: Fairfield, Gonzales & Jubilee.  They include all buildings - residential, commercial, institutional and industrial - on the City of Victoria's Heritage Register in the residential neighbourhoods. The series has won multiple awards from the Hallmark Heritage Society, Heritage BC and Heritage Canada.

VHF also published ten Neighbourhood Heritage Walking Tour brochures to date covering sections of James Bay (two brochures), North Park, Fernwood, Fairfield, Burnside and Hillside-Quadra, Vic West, Oaklands and Gonzales.

Our comprehensive website has useful information about the funding program and a wealth of resources for anyone interested in Victoria's architectural and social history. The website includes an interactive GIS map showing all City of Victoria Heritage Register properties displayed over street maps or aerial photos and includes photos and links to detailed descriptions.

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This listing is for Summer 2020
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P.O. Box 50001, RPO Fairfield Plaza,
Victoria, BC, V8S 5L8

Meets 7:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month (except June, July and August), to hear selected speakers at the James Bay New Horizons Seniors Centre, 234 Menzies Street. Guests are welcome, but there is a $5.00 fee to help offset our meeting rental. This amount can be applied to a membership if the guest becomes a member by the next meeting.

Membership: Single: $20/year; Family (two or more family members in the same household): $25/year; Student: $10/year. Membership fees do not include an annual subscription to "B.C. History," the quarterly journal of the B.C. Historical Federation. An optional subscription to "B.C. History," can be obtained by paying $20 in addition to the membership fee.

Promotes interest in local history and that of British Columbia. Funds scholarships for history students. Installs historic markers. Donations gratefully accepted. Provides historical field trips for members. Has a newsletter and is a member of the BC Historical Federation.

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