Government Street Historical Markers
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Along Government St, especially near Bastion Square
There are a number of historical markers around Victoria. Those near Bastion Square are worth seeing because of their focus on the founding of Victoria.
Fort Victoria Site (V09A0175)
Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Victoria in 1843 and soon made it the headquarters of their Pacific Coast territory. Victoria was made the capital of the Vancouver Colony when it was created in 1849, and the fort hosted the first legislative assembly for the new colony.
Fort Victoria Bastion Site (V09A0176)
Fort Victoria's old bastion is recognized by this marker and outlined in nearby pavement. It was also the source of the name for nearby Bastion Square.
Hudson's Bay Company Marker (V09A0178)
Hudson's Bay Company was established in 1670, making it the oldest commercial corporation in North America. Today it is a department store and retail conglomerate, but it began as a fur-trading business whose operations led to much of the exploration and settlement of western and northern Canada.
Site of First School in British Columbia (V09A0172)
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Bastion Square, Victoria, British Columbia
- Old Victoria Customs House, Victoria, British Columbia
- Helmcken House And St Ann's Schoolhouse, Thunderbird Park, Victoria, British Columbia