Victoria celebrates B.C. Heritage Week with a nautical flavour

Maritime Museum of B.C. the hub for heritage in Victoria this week

Several maritime-themed events are happening in Victoria today and through the weekend in celebration of B.C. Heritage Week.

Kicking things off is a lecture, Heritage Afloat! Dorothy Sails, Wednesday (Feb. 19) from 1 to 2 p.m. in the courtroom at the Maritime Museum of B.C. Hear the history behind the museum’s 1897-built, 30-foot sailing yacht and about its restoration on Gabriola Island by shipwright and artist, Tony Grove. Admission is by donation.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., tour the unlucky sailors list at the museum. History Sunk – Shipwrecks along the West Coast, details the higher-profile ships that came to a watery end on our coast. Entry is included with admission to the museum.

Also Saturday, between 3 and 4 p.m., a workshop for adults on Driftwood Boats gives tips on making your own miniature crafts out of driftwood. Cost is $10, register online at

In the museum’s Coast Guard gallery now through Feb. 23 is the Trial Island display, where members of the Oak Bay Heritage Foundation will talk about efforts to have the lighthouse on the island protected under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. As part of the exhibit, an artistic collage of the lighthouse has been created by students of Monterey middle school.

For more information on any of the exhibits or events, visit