Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Rockland and Fairfield Neighbourhood Walk- Historical Beauty

A nice walk to do in Victoria is to stroll around the Rockland and Fairfield neighbourhoods. The area has a great feel to it, giant aged trees, beautiful heritage houses and lots of history.

Rose Garden at Government House-one of the sights to see on this walk 
I started at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on Moss St. The gallery is housed in a modern building connected to a heritage house built in 1889.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 

Next, head towards Craigdarroch Castle, just off Fort Street on Joan Crescent. This historic mansion was built in the late 1800's for coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his family, and is now a National Historic Site.

Craigdarroch Castle 
Next, walk towards Rockland Avenue. This street has lots of beautiful homes with mature gardens and trees, making it a nice stroll. Head towards the gates of Government House, which is the official home of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The gardens are open to the public, so stop here to walk along the paths and trails around the estate.

Government House Gardens 
Government House- most of the gardens are tended to by volunteers 
Once you are done, head back out the main gates and continue walking along Rockland a block or so until you come to Moss Street again. Turn left and walk all the way down Moss Street until you hit the ocean.

Turn left and walk along the waterfront until you come to Ross Bay Cemetery. There are numerous historic graves here, many of prominent people from the last century.

I found the grave of one of my favourite artists, Emily Carr here. There are maps of all the historic graves both online or from brochures you can find at the caretakers house at the cemetery.

Emily Carr's Gravestone
Emily Carr and Family Grave
Emily Carr Grave at Ross Bay Cemetary 
Once done, head back up St. Charles Street back to Rockland and your starting point.

Enjoy the stroll!

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