Very early in 2012 we ran a photoblog series “The Toad And The Lodge” that documented that last few days of a well-known institution on Vancouver Island called Tillicum Lodge.  For years the lodge served as a residence for our elders, providing care in a wonderful setting for those in need.  As time relentlessly marched on and things changed, Tillicum Lodge was eventually abandoned for a newly built facility, and this gave us a great chance to create the final set of photographs posted on our gallery.

Tillicum Lodge - Victoria, BC, Canada

Tillicum Lodge – Victoria, BC, Canada

If you’re interested in the background and history of this place, please visit our series linked above as we have covered that in pretty good depth there.  This follow-up post is a result of being contacted on an unofficial basis by someone who works at the college in the audio/visual department.  He wanted to supply us and all our fans and readers here an update on what’s happened at the site since our visit in January of 2012.  From the ashes of that which was previously forgotten, a whole new building arises, and with it hope for the future for those who come to learn the trades at the new facility that will stand where Tillicum Lodge once called home.

Jason King / AudioVisual Technologist / Camosun College

As promised, here is a link to photos of the demolition of Tillicum Lodge, with a video to follow later. While some may decry the violence in which the building came down, take comfort in the fact that while the building itself had reached its useful end of life, 95 to 98 percent of the structure was sorted on site and recycled. Soon the site will see construction start on the new trades building for the college.

Prior to the demolition, the inside was completely remediated to remove all traces of asbestos and toxic mold.

Usually when we discuss heritage and history here, it is centric around the loss of a building or place.  We find that not nearly often enough do these stories have a good or happy ending, and when we come across a story like this we find it pretty exciting.

It’s well-known that we are experiencing a severe shortage in skilled trades-people lately.  Seeing a concerted effort like this to take a piece of land that is not being used, and then developing it to create a great support mechanism for society is really heartwarming.  By offering courses that are pertinent to current needs and help those who take these courses chart a hopeful and productive life for themselves is something we totally support.  But, as with all change, it begins by removing the past.

In an effort to follow-up, here are a pair of key photography links:

Jason King / AudioVisual Technologist / Camosun College

Please note that none of the information I have submitted should be considered official language from the college, I am just forwarding the information for your interest. For any official information you should contact College Relations at http://camosun.ca/ccr/

Our involvement in the community here is a cornerstone to the work we do at Toad Hollow Photography, and having Jason reach out and send us updates like this is so meaningful.  We are very happy to have a chance to share a great story here with everyone, one with a truly happy ending.  We really hope that Jason stays in touch as the facility begins to be built so we can continue to be a part of the new chapter being written at the college.  Rest assured, we’ll be back to the site again once the new buildings are up to update our story and gallery.

And finally before we wrap up today’s post, here’s a link to a news article on the official BC Government website that discusses the exciting new developments underway at the college.  Check out “Trades renewal begins at Camosun College” for the story there.

In closing we’d like to sincerely thank Jason for all he’s done for and with us in regards to this unfolding story.  He has really added a terrific dimension to the entire story that we hope you all enjoy.

Thanks so much for your kind visit today, as always we really love to hear from all our visitors so please do leave us any comments you may have.




  1. Quite and interesting photo that documents the decay of this building. I like how you share the story of what the building was used for.

    I do love how the graffiti lends an added deminsion of drama around this building. Very nice capture. I look forward to more.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks ever so kindly, Spencer, that really means an awful lot to us up here!

  2. Nicely done once again!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks so much, Derrick, we sure do appreciate all the friendship and support you give us here!

  3. avatar Rachel Cohen says:

    Wonderful capture of the building in its final days my dear friend Toad, and a fantastic post too! 🙂

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    This has to be one of the most documented posts that I have read Toad. Great job and image.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so much, Len, coming from you that means an awful lot to us here!

  5. avatar ehpem says:

    Hi Toad, I remember well the original post of yours and so it is very interesting to get an update. Kind of bitter sweet in ways as this was a classic building of its era, now gone. However, you raise a good point about land not used. On balance, I would rather see these locations recycled, than yet more farm land be developed. And this is for a good cause.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Absolutely agreed, on all points, Ehpem! Thank you so very much for popping on by and leaving us your thoughts here today!

  6. Camosun College has had high quality programs trades related for as far back as I remember. Great to see this development. Despite the weedpatch subject matter this is a beautiful photograph. Thanks for showing it.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks, Joseph, we share your excitement for the new facility. It’s a lovely piece of land there and the new students will just love being in the middle of it all up there. They couldn’t have picked a better setting for it. Thank you so much for your kind, kind comments today, my friend!

  7. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Wonderful image in this post but the whole series is fabulous. Well documents my friend.

  8. Great image and post, and it’s nice to have the follow-through on the latest updates. Thanks for sharing.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so much for your ongoing friendship, support and encouragement here Steven, we really really appreciate it my friend!

  9. avatar ken bello says:

    You have made art out of the decay. A great accomplishment indeed.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks so much, these sorts of subjects are definitely some of my favorites to shoot, that’s for sure. We really appreciate your kind visit and you taking the time to leave us your comments here, many thanks!