BC's Capital City - Proud history. Bright future.
On August 2, 1862 the townsite of Fort Victoria was incorporated as the City of Victoria.
In 2012, the City of Victoria celebrated our rich history and created a window to our equally promising future. It was an opportunity for our community to reflect on 150 years of civic pride and renew our shared commitment to another 150 years as a world-class Capital City.
City of Victoria 150 Anniversary Signature Events
To celebrate the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary of incorporation, the City presented three signature events with the support of its funding partners and community sponsors:
- History2LIfe Family Festival (Sunday, July 29)
- 150 Anniversary Public Ceremony / 150Forward Community Celebration (Thursday, August 2)
- City United! Anniversary and Celebration Concert (Monday, August 6)
Thank you to all those who made these celebratory events a success!
150th Anniversary Greetings
150th Community-Based Anniversary Celebrations
Victoria's 150th anniversary celebrations took place from May to November 2012 and featured a range of community-based arts and cultural events and projects in the Capital City.
Fifty-seven arts, cultural and community-based projects received over $283,000 from the 150 People and Places grant program to celebrate Victoria's anniversary of incorporation. The Greater Victoria Spirit Committee Society was responsible for admininstering the program. A list of the grant recipients [PDF - 409 KB] is available.
Offered in November 2011, the 150 People and Places grant program was made possible by the Canadian Heritage community anniversaries grant ($120,000) and the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee Society ($25,000). The number of projects that could receive support increased with additional funding from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development ($125,000) and from the Government of British Columbia Francophone Affairs ($13,800).
150th Products and Services
Some local businesses marked Victoria's sesquicentennial with a 150th product or service. From a tribute tea, creative cocktail and beer, to a 150th hotel package, commemorative book and watch, there was something for everyone. Learn more.
Victoria 150 Poem - "Lekwungen Land"
City of Victoria Poet Laureate Janet Rogers wrote the poem "Lekwungen Land" [PDF - 53 KB] to mark Victoria's 150th anniversary.
Commemorative Envelope and Picture Postage Stamp
Victoria 150 Postcard
To commemorative Victoria's 150th, we created the Victoria 150 Postcard. It could be kept as a souvenir or mailed to friends and family, inviting them to share in the many 150th celebrations in 2012. The Victoria 150 Postcard was free and available at the Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre, Victoria City Hall and at local libraries, recreation, community and seniors centres.
Victoria 150 Video
In celebration of the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary, we presented this video which celebrates our proud history and even brighter future.
Victoria 150 Public Art Project
Hands of Time by Kelowna-based artist Crystal Przybille was the winning submission to the City of Victoria's national, juried public art competition to create artwork that celebrates and acknowledges Victoria's 150th anniversary of incorporation.
Ceremonial Tree Planting at Mayors Grove
On August 1, 2012, Mayor Dean Fortin and visiting Twin City Mayor Barbara Arnott of the City of Napier, New Zealand, planted a ceremonial tree at the Mayors Grove in Beacon Hill Park to mark Victoria's 150th anniversary. Learn more.
Victoria 150 Countdown
On Tuesday, March 6, we began counting down 150 days to our anniversary of incorporation on Thursday, August 2, 2012 with a daily historical fact about Victoria. They were available here and on Facebook.