What’s New

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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Join the Preservation Society

Point Ellice House (historic)
Archived picture of the Point Ellice House

The Point Ellice House Preservation Society is the non-profit organization whose goals are to:

  • Preserve and protect one of the last remaining Victorian Villas in Victoria.
  • Expand opportunities for education about events, personalities and life styles of 19th and 20th century Victoria.
  • Ensure the maintenance and restoration of the heritage site and its collection.
  •  Keep this Victorian jewel open to the public year round.

We are always looking for new members.  As a member you will help shape the future of this historic jewel by voting for, or acting on, the volunteer Board of Directors. Your support will help us ensure that this heritage property remains open for the enjoyment of present and future generations of Victorians and visitors to our city.

For more information please read the Membership Brochure.


Volunteer Help Wanted

Would you like to help inform people about local Victorian Heritage?
Do you have a passion for gardening and would like to spend more time outdoors?

CIMG0083The Point Ellice House and Garden are looking for volunteer Tour Guides and Gardeners.

Tour guides, who lead small groups through the house full of the O’Reilly family’s household items, have a choice of hours Thursday through Mondays.

Gardeners to help maintain the grounds and gardens are wanted for Sunday and/or Tuesdays.

If you are interested, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at RoyalStewart@shaw.ca. For more information about the volunteer positions, please Click Here.