Victoria 150

BC's Capital City - Proud history. Bright future. Victoria 150

On August 2, 1862 the townsite of Fort Victoria was incorporated as the City of Victoria.

The work and effort of Victoria's forefathers and officials laid a clear path for the City of Victoria to thrive, emerging as the Capital City of British Columbia and retaining its prominence as one of the top places to live, work and play in Canada and the world.

Victoria 150In 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:

Thank you to all those who made these celebratory events a success!

150th Anniversary Greetings

The following video features anniversary greetings from members of the community and was played at Victoria's 150th celebrations at Centennial Square on August 2, 2012.

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 grant recipients [PDF - 126 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

To mark the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary of incorporation, Canada Post created a commemorative envelope and Picture Postage™ stamp. Both items are available for purchase through Canada Post. Learn more.

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.

Victoria 150 Archival Photos

The City of Victoria Archives has a wealth of archival photos of Victoria's past, which are available for purchase. Take a glimpse at our rich history with the Victoria 150 Archival Photo Gallery.

Victoria 150 Identity

The Victoria 150 identity was incorporated into virtually everything the City of Victoria did in 2012. This included street banners, high profile signage, festivals and special events, community partnerships, and promotional products and campaigns. City programs and activities were tailored to the anniversary wherever possible and appropriate to maximize resources and create a well-rounded, highly visual celebration year.

Celebrations in 2012

The eyes of the Pacific Northwest were on the Capital City in 2012 as Victoria celebrated 150 proud years of incorporation. The City of Victoria worked in cooperation with the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee Society to deliver a memorable and exciting line-up of 150th anniversary programming throughout 2012. Download the Victoria 150 Info Package. [PDF - 2.1 MB]