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Point Ellice House, Gardens and Tea

2616 Pleasant Street
Victoria, BC V8T4V3
Tel: (250) 380-6506
Fax: (250) 381-2338
Neighbourhood: Burnside
  • Cuisine: Tea house
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Meals: Lunch, Weekend brunch
  • Features: View, Romantic, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon: 11AM - 4PM, Tue - Wed: Closed, Thu - Sun: 11AM - 4PM
  • Peter O'Reilly immigrated to Canada from Ireland, a letter of introduction to Sir James Douglas in hand, and became one of the first Gold Commissioners and judges in British Columbia. Peter and Caroline O'Reilly moved into the Point Ellice House in time for the birth of their daughter Kathleen December 31, 1867. The O'Reillys had four children: Frank, born in 1866, Kathleen, born in 1867, Mary Augusta, born in 1869, and Arthur (also known as Jack), born in 1873. The house was a gathering spot for Victoria’s social elite, and remained in their possession for 108 years.

    In 1975, three generations later, O’Reilly’s grandson, John, and his wife, Inez, sold the house and all its contents to the Province of British Columbia. The family left behind everything – from armoires to tea services, a harp, clothing, writing desks, board games, kitchen utensils, and more – giving us a rare opportunity to see one of North America’s largest collections of Victoriana in its original, privileged Victorian home. This National Heritage Site, overlooking the waters of Victoria’s scenic Gorge Waterway, is both museum and refuge. Now surrounded by industry, it still exudes the peace of its former quiet setting.

    Today, a self guided audio tour takes guests through the historic home and the beautiful gardens have been restored to their original splendor. Visitors are also served an afternoon luncheon tea on the lawn overlooking the gorge.


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