The chain link encasing the Log Cabin Museum is coming down to make the site more accessible for viewing.

Saanich Pioneer Museum removing chain link cage

Tim Collins/News staff

The Log Cabin Museum, located at 7910 Polo Park Crescent in Central Saanich, is about to undergo a face-lift.

But before that work was possible, the caretakers of the property, the Saanich Pioneer Society, have been required to obtain approval of the District of Central Saanich by way of a heritage alteration permit.

The museum was first constructed in 1933 as a home for the Pioneer Society; a place where members could socialize and where member memorabilia could be saved for posterity. In 2010 it was designated as a municipal heritage structure, requiring Council approval for any modification to the site.

Ironically, prior to being receiving municipal heritage designation, modification had been done to the site to safeguard the building and contents from vandals; a modification that worked against the preservation of the site as a pristine historical site. The front of the building was encased in galvanized chain link fencing, enclosing the front porch and closing off the front door with a chain link gate.

“Norma put it succinctly when she appeared before council,” recalled Mayor Ryan Windsor.

“She told us that the chain link fence is ugly and doesn’t fit well with the heritage of the building. We had to agree.”

The Society plans to remove the chain link fencing and replace it with tempered glass panels that will allow visitors to view the structure and contents while still protecting the structure from vandalism. The chain link gate will be replaced with a decorative iron gate and an access ramp will be constructed to improve the museum’s accessibility.

“As a council, we have no doubt that the Pioneer Society will continue to be good stewards of the building and will exercise a incredibly light and respectful touch throughout any renovation,” said Windsor.

Information on the museum and activities associated with the site can be found at

Just Posted

Multi-vehicle crash along the Malahat leaves traffic crawling

Southbound lane heavily delayed at Malahat Summit

BC GAMES: Victoria athletes hit the podium

Gold, silver and bronze performances in equestrian, kayak, rowing, golf

Victoria man arrested in connection with Hillside murder

Daniel Creagh faces second-degree murder charge in death of Joseph Gauthier

PHOTO GALLERY: Phillips Backyard Weekender hits all the right notes

Local and international acts keep Victoria crowd cutting a rug

Raccoons making themselves at home on Saanich property

Resident blames neighbour for attracting pests to area

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Royal Canadian Navy announces leadership changes in Esquimalt

Commodore Angus Topshee new commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific, naval reserve also gets new leader

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Most Read