A TIME CAPSULE OF HOUSEHOLD VICTORIANA
Step back in time into the genteel home of one of British Columbia’s premier families, the O’Reillys. Point Ellice House and Historic Gardens offer you, the visitor, a unique opportunity to experience many aspects of bygone days. For over 100 years O’Reilly family members lived in these beautifully appointed rooms and strolled these well tended grounds and garden. Fully furnished with the family’s original and personal belongings, this Italianate bungalow presents one of the most complete collections of Victoriana anywhere in North America.
What you’ll find on our web site:
Point Ellice House and Garden – first check our Current Events where we post upcoming events and current stories. Then you can read a short history of the O’Reilly’s homestead and it’s surroundings.
Next you can find information about available tours through the house. Now you can view virtual tours of the inside of the House and of our grounds and Garden.
Finally, there’s a link to The Collections – a website developed by BC Heritage, where you will find the history and pictures of the O’Reilly family, their House, and the household collection of all items the O’Reilly family enjoyed in their lifetimes.
O’Reilly’s Visitor Centre and Gift Shop — The Visitor Centre, the upstairs Loft and the Gorge-View lawn are available for Special Event Rentals, for weddings, meetings, family or group outings for larger groups. Be sure to visit our Gift Shop for unique gifts.
Friends of Point Ellice House — the Point Ellice House Preservation Society aims to promote public awareness of this historic site and the significance of the collection.
Volunteers are an important aspect of Point Ellice House. Whether assisting in the garden, or touring the public through the house, they help bring the history of the O’Reilly’s alive.
The Board, a group of volunteers elected by the Preservation Society, acts as site manager for the management, preservation and operations of the historic site.