Kate Humble

A fur seal harem off the coast of B.C.

Victoria’s role in the seal industry

Ocean wildlife drew Hudson's Bay Company to establish Fort Victoria

A fur seal harem off the coast of B.C.

San Juan Mining and Manufacturing Company

The factory produced a variety of industrial and household products, including shoe blacking, blue and black inks and metal polish

The Karluk. a California-built brigantine

Karluk: Victoria’s ill-fated Arctic expedition

In 1913 this already worn ship embarked upon a doomed journey that would captivate the Canadian public for more than a year.

The Karluk. a California-built brigantine
Sir James Douglas

The Douglas Treaties: A Legacy of Controversy

Most of us in the Victoria area live on land that was obtained as the result of the Douglas Treaties

Sir James Douglas
A Seiran floatplane bombers

I-400 Class submarine and the technology of terror

Japan, during the Second World War, was quite specialized in terms of what navy technology she advanced

A Seiran floatplane bombers
The SS Beaver was a familiar presence in coastal British Columbia. Throughout most of its career its port-of-call was Victoria.

SS Beaver was a coastal icon

The Beaver was a brigantine, equipped with two masts for sail as well as steam-propelled paddle wheels

The SS Beaver was a familiar presence in coastal British Columbia. Throughout most of its career its port-of-call was Victoria.
Workers slaughter a sperm whale. Sperm whales produce about 41 barrels of oil.

B.C. whaling – an uncomfortable history

Filtering out the uncomfortable parts of our past does no favours to anyone.

Workers slaughter a sperm whale. Sperm whales produce about 41 barrels of oil.

A holiday by any other name is Hogmanay

Celebrating Christmas in the days of Fort Victoria

West Coast Trail born out of tragedy

The government decided that something must be done about the ever-mounting death toll of the 'Graveyard of the Pacific'

The sinking of the steamship Valencia was on the reasons to build the West Coast Trail.

Disaster and Response: The Valencia Tragedy and the West Coast Trail, Part 1 of 2

The sinking of the steamship Valencia was on the reasons to build the West Coast Trail.

The sinking of the steamship Valencia was on the reasons to build the West Coast Trail.

Tragedy, Music and Morale: Popular Music and the First World War

War's personal grief and tragedy too have left their indelible marks, but one of the lighter legacies of this conflict was in popular music.

Esquimalt’s Chilean connection

CFB Esquimalt has direct links with Chilean Navy and particularly their submarine service.

The Franklin Expedition: Why does it matter?

The excitement of the Franklin saga may make us feel more emotionally engaged with our northern territories