Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse
c/o 5th Floor. 800 Johnson St.
Victoria BC V8W 9W3
T (250) 356-5137
F (250) 356-7796
For Craigflower Schoolhouse
programs call (250) 383-4627
This was one of Vancouver Island's first farming communities, established
in 1853 along Victoria's Gorge Waterway to meet the Hudson's Bay Company's
obligations to Britain to support colonization. On lands purchased from
chiefs of the indigenous aboriginal people, Kenneth McKenzie oversaw construction
of a self-sufficient settlement. The Kosapsom people still harvest shellfish,
salmon and herring from the tidal waters that separate the Manor from
Today, the original
Georgian Manor house, partly built on the old H.B.C. post-and-beam design,
still stands amid fields and gardens, and across the bridge the oldest
remaining schoolhouse in B.C. Seasonal workshop programs give children
re-enactment opportunities to experience Victorian life and attitudes
several open hectares at the junction of Craigflower Road (Old Island
Highway 1A, almost parallel with the main Trans-Canada Highway 1) and
Admirals Road. It is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Victoria and
directly accessible from the Trans-Canada via Admirals Road for those
approaching Victoria from Duncan and Goldstream Provincial Park.
Craigflower is available
year-round for booked tours and groups. Program offerings vary widely
to suit the needs of individual tour groups. Daytime and evening programs
can be arranged for any day of the week. Please be sure to call in advance
for group visits.
Regular open hours
are not scheduled for 2000
All activities are by appointment.