Stroll along any street near the Victoria waterfront and you will likely be awed at the number and diversity of old and unique Victorian style houses, often built by the original families who came to Fort Victoria seeking new lives and new adventures during the mid-1800’s. Often lonely and frequently hostile, life in those early days bore little resemblance to the lavish, comfortable ones left behind.
Now surrounded on all sides with neighbours, parks, schools and streets, these grande old dames stand out as reminders of a time when Victoria was just taking shape. Testaments to the determination of a few who would recreate a society of tradition and refinement along the sparse, muddy streets that eventually became the sprawling city of Victoria.
Never sure if they are, in fact, one of the originals or a beautiful recreation without the obvious “heritage” plaque, they can all be appreciated for their own unique beauty.
A quick peek on the gable over the porch reveals the name of this gorgeous lady as “Pacific Sunset”. True to her name, the colours chosen reflect a pink and golden hue often seen in the sky across the ocean as the sun dips behind the mountains. Simple balustrades and ornate roof cresting give this old-style beauty a fresh, contemporary touch. The lush garden adds a splash of colour and elegance, and the stone pillars welcome visitors to sit on the porch and watch the world go by with a chilled iced tea.
It was obvious when we were here that renovations are still underway. This lovely lady won’t be waiting too much longer before she is the belle of the ball, or at the very least, of her street!