Victoria is full of heritage homes that have been given this designation due to their state of preservation, date of completion, and their significance to Victoria's history. Three such lovely homes are Point Ellice House, Emily Carr’s birthplace and Helmcken House.
Craigdarroch Castle - a heritage home in Victoria -seen to the right.
Point Ellice is a rambling house with the waters of the Gorge lapping up to its front gardens. Built in 1861, this house was the home of the O'Reilly family for 78 years, when it was turned over to the BC Heritage Trust. A self-guided tour of the house and tea in the lovely shaded gardens make this heritage home a must see. Point Ellice can be easily reached by catching one of the little harbour ferries that constantly leave the Inner Harbour area.
Carr House, birthplace of Emily Carr, was built in 1864, on acres of land that nestled up to Beacon Hill Park. Emily, Canada's most renowned female artist and winner of the Governor General's award for her writing, led an eclectic and fascinating life. On a tour of this heritage home, Emily herself appears and tells her stories, enchanting the guest with recollections of life in the early 1900's.
Helmcken House, the marriage home of Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, was built in 1854 amongst trees and the wild outskirts of Victoria. Dr. Helmcken was the first doctor in the fledging colony, when the adult population for miles around only numbered 300. This heritage home is just as the Helmckens left it, complete with medical instruments that Dr. Helmcken used. If you are lucky, you may hear one or two of the ghosts who still haunt the house today.
These three heritage homes are just blocks from the downtown core. A tour can be arranged to include one or all three of the homes, depending on the length of tour desired.
This tour is by group bookings only and is $150/guide/hour; however if the tour includes a ride on the Harbour Ferries or tea at either Carr House or Point Ellice, the tour price would reflect that. A maximum group size is 22 guests. We can negotiate a group price for a customized tour and would be pleased to work with tour operators. If there are more than 22 people in the group, then we will arrange for another tour guide.