A historic walk through Esquimalt, BC

Kim and I are always impressed at the history and stories behind our great city, and close knit community.

Our careers in Real Estate provide us with a reason to dig for more information, and obtain the facts, and Esquimalt has a rich history that we couldn't help but research and share with you. 

We hope that you enjoy this walk through some of Esquimalt's history dating back to the early 1900's!

St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Esquimalt Road



This photo from circa 1900 captures the view, including St. Paul's Church looking west on Esquimalt Road. 

A horse and buggy and six people can be seen in the Road (Courtesy Esquimalt Archives)

Today, St. Paul's (Now known as St. Peter and St. Paul's Anglican Church) 

St. Paul's Church, Esquimalt, had its original location at the foot of Signal Hill, and was built in 1866 but Anglican services were held before that in the little 1858 school building that once stood on the property. Even earlier Anglican services were conducted by Royal Navy chaplains aboard their ships for naval personnel and the growing population around Fort Victoria.

Known later as St. Paul's Naval and Garrison Church, the building was dismantled and moved up the hill to its present location, partly to escape from damaging reverberations of naval gunnery practice in the straits.


Fast forward to present day, St Peter & St Paul's Anglican Parish is an important part of the heritage of Victoria.

In 2006 the church was presented a plaque to note the heritage status of the incredible pipe organ that calls it home.


Click Here to view the stunning photography of this church, as it sits now. 


The (former) Tudor House Pub, Esquimalt Road



The Tudor House Pub in 1917, when it was known as the Sailors Club. The Prince of Wales dropped by two years later and commended matron Mary Ranns for the good work she had been doing with sailors.
The Tudor House building has anchored the corner of Esquimalt and Admirals roads since it was built in 1902.

In 1901, Wesleyan chaplain Rev. John Preston Hicks worked tirelessly to raise funds to build the Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Home, a home away from home for the military and merchant navy.

The Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Home had its grand opening on May 5, 1904. “It was an important enough building that Premier Sir Richard McBride was in attendance,” Robinson said.

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Historic Aerial Photos of Esquimalt's Work Point Barrack's

May 13, 1961


Work Point was the location of the first Canadian Army base on the Pacific Coast. 

It was established in 1887 to house “C” Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery who had arrived from Quebec by train to instruct local militia in gunnery. They had to clear the forest and build their own barracks.


The Work Point Barracks (designated 1004 in the Canadian Historical Places record) are a utilitarian British military structure consisting of a one-storey, rectangular wood frame building with a hipped roof, wood shiplap cladding on a rubble and concrete foundation. It was the first of first three structures built at Work Point. It is located opposite the guardhouse at the end of the main entrance, at Work Point Barracks, CFB Esquimalt.

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I recently happened upon a real gem of a website, that contains vintage aerial photos of Victoria, Esquimalt, and areas. As a former resident, I focused my efforts and zoom on the Work Point Barrack's, where you can see the Canadian Forces Base along with Imperial Oil and Esquimalt Harbour way off in the distance.

Here's the direct link to the vintage aerial photos of the barrack's. But don't stop there! Scroll up to the "Images" option and get an aerial view of our fine city, way back when. 


We hope that you enjoyed this ancient walk around some of Esquimalt's finest buildings and landmarks! - Kim and Vicky



Victoria Real Estate Market Strong to the End of 2017...

January 2, 2018  A total of 462 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this December, 1.9 per cent fewer than the 471 properties sold in December last year.

A grand total of 8,944 properties sold over the course of 2017, 15.8 percent fewer than the record breaking 10,622 that sold in 2016. 2017 sales came in at 21.7 per cent over the ten year average of 7,349 properties sold.

"Early in 2017 we discussed how the Victoria area housing market would be different than the record breaking year we had in 2016 and that over the course of the year we'd probably see a gradual return to a more balanced market. We did see evidence of this change come early in the year, as multiple offers and rapid price increases leveled out," says Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. "However, the ongoing low inventory of properties for sale meant that buyers continued to experience competitive situations in high demand areas, and multiple offers were still a common occurrence as buyers negotiated in a tighter market. What we couldn't anticipate were outside factors such as changes to mortgage qualifying rules that may have pushed people into the market early. The pending mortgage stress test in particular is likely to have caused much of the increased activity we've seen in November and December."

There were 1,384 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of December 2017, a decrease of 21.5 per cent compared to the month of November and 7.3 per cent fewer than the 1,493 active listings for sale at the end of December 2016. This is the lowest level of inventory for the area in the month of December since the statistic was tracked in 1996.

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in December 2016 was $753,900. The benchmark value for the same home in December 2017 has increased by 9.3 per cent to $823,800, and is slightly lower than November's value of $824,600.

"Overall, the low inventory and the continued interest in Victoria real estate meant that well-priced homes were quick to sell in 2017. Moving forward, we expect to see more inventory come into the market, which will continue to move us toward a more balanced state," adds President Balabanian. "We also expect housing prices to remain stable, without the increases we tracked in 2016, and anticipate steady slow growth. In markets like these, it's important to enlist the services of a REALTOR® to help you navigate what may be your largest transaction ever."

About the Victoria Real Estate Board - Founded in 1921, the Victoria Real Estate Board is a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs to enhance the professionalism of Realtors. The Victoria Real Estate Board represents 1,374 local Realtors. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, connect with your local Realtor for detailed information on the Victoria and area housing market.


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