What’s New

Splendour of Roses Historical Tour

You are invited to the Gardens of Point Ellice House and Gardens for a tour and exploration of our Roses.

Our horticultural expert along with our heritage historian will take you on a tour of the many varied roses in our garden so you can enjoy the fragrances, learn their secrets, and the century old tales these magnificent flowers have to share.

The tour will be on June 18 at 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm, and will be by donation.

To reserve your spot on this tour, please contact the Visitor Center Coordinator be email at info@PointElliceHouse.com or phone 250-380-6506.

The 2017 Season is Almost Here!

June 1 will mark the opening date of the O’Reilly’s Visitor Centre for the 2017 season.

Please note we have a couple of changes:
1) We no longer have the equipment to be able to operate as a restaurant.
2) Our open hours are modified to accommodate the ongoing construction at the old carriage house.

Point Ellice House will offer a Picnic High Tea, on the Gorge Lawn, thanks to our partnership with Truffles Catering.

Our hours of operation starting June 1:
Thursday and Fridays:  
Tours of the Historic House:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sundays:
Tours of the Historic House:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Picnic High Tea: Seatings for Picnic High Tea are available at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm
Please note that reservations for the Picnic High Tea must be made at least two days in advance.

Truffles Catering

Point Ellice House is pleased to announce our partnership with Truffles Catering, our caterer for the Picnic High Teas on the Gorge Lawn.

We will be open for the Picnic High Tea on the first weekend of June (the 3rd and 4th) and will continue through the summer season as weather permits.  Seatings for the High Picnic Teas are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon and 3:00 pm.  Reservations are required and must be made at least two days in advance by contacting the O’Reilly Visitor Centre.

In addition, Truffles Catering is our recommended caterer for special events held at Point Ellice House.

Thank You All for a Great Season at PEH

The Spring/Summer Season has drawn to a close at Point Ellice House. The last day of Tea Service was September 26th.

Tours can be arranged for groups by calling 250 385 5578. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, group size, along with your preferred date and time. One of our well versed Tour Guides will be pleased to take you through the O’Reilly Residence.
During the fall we will start the restoration and renovation of the Carriage House/Kitchen.
For information on the Christmas Season, please continue to check the website and Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing all our old friends, and making new ones! New members and aspiring volunteers are encouraged to follow the links and join our friendly team, who shape the future by sharing the past.

Kit Pearson Unveils New Book

Rosemary Pryce-Digby with Annalise and Sophia Wall assists Kit Pearson in a reading of her new novel “A Day of Signs and Wonders”

Local and noted author Kit Pearson launched her latest book at Point Ellice House September 10.

She dedicated the book to her three goddaughters, and asked them to star in the reading she gave for the audience.
The novel starts with a chance meeting of Kathleen O’Reilly, aged 13, and Emily Carr, aged 9, and follows the two girls through their day in and around Point Ellice House.
Autographed copies of the book are now available in the Gift Shop at Point Ellice House.
For more information about the book and Kit Pearson visit her web site: www.KitPearson.com

Pass It Around Victoria

Pass It Around VictoriaFrom the Pass It Around Victoria web site:

Explore Victoria’s Heritage and discover the stories of the people who created, lived and worked at these sites. Come to know our fascinating history – and take those experiences home with you!

A $25 Pass It Around Victoria pass connects you with Museums, Art Galleries and National Historic Sites. If you are visiting as a tourist, learn about the culture and ancestry of British Columbia’s capital. As a local, delve deeper into your city’s past.

Passes are on sale ONLY at the Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre.


Victoria Foundation’s 80th Birthday

To help celebrate Victoria Foundation’s 80th Birthday, the Foundation invites Victorians to take a complimentary free tour of Point Ellice House and Heritage Garden on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
Victoria Foundation 80 logo
Due to our limited available parking, you are encouraged to come by Harbour Ferry for the reduced rate of a $5.00 return ticket.

Light refreshments may be purchased, though our regular Tea service will not be available. Join the celebration while learning about Victoria’s past!

Vendor List – Vintage Craft Festival

CIMG0240Thank you for attending the Point Ellice House Heritage Rose and Vintage Craft Festival.

The following is the list of vendors that displayed their crafts and their web sites for more information:

Hollyhock Seeds

Available in our Gift Shop — Hollyhock Seeds!CIMG0270

To help start your own heritage flower collection in your own garden, Point Ellice House is selling Hollyhock seeds in our Gift Shop (in the Visitor Centre).

Brief instructions are printed on the back of the seed envelope, but to help you get started we recommend the following web page at the Gardening Know How web site:


Funding for Carriage House Improvements

Point Ellice House is proud and pleased to announce:

The Right Honourable Steve Thompson Minister of Forests, Lands, and National Resource Operations, presented funds to Point Ellice House for the following two purposes:

  1. exploring options for carriage storage and display/carriage conservation
  2. foundation beam repair, insulation, heating and kitchen improvement upgrades on the Carriage House.

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