A History of the James Bay Neighbourhood

Part of: Amica at Somerset House - Spring

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In this session, illustrated with maps, paintings and photographs, you will learn about the history of James Bay—Victoria’s oldest residential district—from the 1840s to today.

This visual tour will include the first government buildings and surrounding homes, and the introduction of industry to the area including shipyards, grain elevators and chemical plants.

You will learn about First Nations’ extensive use of the shoreline and the Hudson’s Bay Company’s establishment of company homes and Beckley Farm.

The neighbourhood developed a rough reputation by the mid-20th century, but now James Bay is a vibrant area combining heritage streetscapes, seaside parks, deep-sea docks, commercial and tourism nodes nestled beside the Parliament Buildings.

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