Young Life Victoria home tour raises $33,000 for campers

Community youth groups sees a significant upswing in support for event

A major increase in traffic in its annual Home Design and Renovation Tour gave Young Life Victoria a major injection of cash to help send youth to summer camp.

The tour, which ran over two days last month, saw 900 people troop through nine homes and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel to check out construction and design work done by local companies. The event raised $33,000 for the organization, which will use it to send youth from financially challenged families to its RockRidge Canyon camp near Princeton, B.C.

The total was a huge increase from recent years, when the number of tickets sold was in the 500 to 600 range, said Young Life spokesperson Bill Okell.

“It’s hard to explain what did it, but we suspect that maybe over the years we’ve increased the quality of homes on the tour,” he said. “Where before we were including things like bathroom or single-room renos, now we’re seeing complete home renos.”

For information on Young Life Victoria, visit or call James Prette at 250-812-6293.