Point Ellice House and Gardens are in the seaside city of Victoria, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A national heritage site, Point Ellice House and Gardens border on the tidal waterways of upper harbour area of the seaport of Victoria, BC, called the Selkirk Waters. The house is located next to Point Ellice, a small promontory that supports the Ellice Point bridge for Bay Street. The property and grounds were developed over a hundred and fifty-three years ago by the O’Reilly family who lived here with their three children. Today the garden is tended by volunteers and contains many heritage trees, shrubs and flowers. The Victoria Harbour Ferry stops at Point Ellice dock and can be a great way to extend your walk in your backyard along the Victoria Harbour waterway. Further information about the ferry service, house and garden can be gained from each website respectively. Admission is charged to access the gardens and house which is open seasonally.
Geographic coordinate N48° 26’ 10” W123° 22’ 38”
Point Ellice House Gardens can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the highway as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn west onto Bay Street and cross over Government Street and then turn north onto Pleasant Avenue. The house and garden are the green space in this rather industrial working waterway. A city bus travels along Gorge Road East from downtown.
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