Gold Rush Magistrate and Commissioner Peter O’ Reilly acquired Point Ellice House in 1867, and many among the social elite of Victoria gathered at the house.
The flowers in the luxuriant heritage gardens surrounding this rambling Italianate home accurately reflect the family’s own notes about their Victorian favourites. The property is like a verdant jewel amid the industries and businesses along the Victoria waterfront.
Overlooking the waters of Victoria’s scenic Gorge Waterway, Point Ellice House is, again, where the ‘locals’ go to enjoy High Tea! And just as British Navy officers and other guests could do over a hundred years ago, you can still be dropped off at the dock! Today you can step aboard the Harbour Ferry in front of the Empress Hotel and take a leisurely tour past Victoria’s Old Town on your way to Point Ellice. Of course, you can arrive by land as well!
Point Ellice House is at 2616 Pleasant Street, near the Bay Street Bridge. Approaching from downtown Victoria along Bay Street, travelling west toward the Bridge, turn north on to Pleasant Street where you see the large Point Ellice House sign. (If you’re travelling east across the Bridge, a left turn on to Pleasant is not permitted, so proceed to one of the next streets to turn left and loop back to Pleasant) Visitors coming into Victoria from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal need only turn onto Bay Street and watch for the Point Ellice House sign.
Point Ellice House and Gardens: Hours
May 1 – June 30: Thursday to Monday, 11am-4pm
July 1 – September 6: Open seven days a week, 11am-5pm
September 6 – 19: Friday to Sunday, 12pm-4pm
September 24 – 26: 12pm-4pm (Tours only, tea is no longer being served)
November 26 – December 19: Friday and Saturday 11am-3pm
Reservations for tea are recommended. Tours and special events can be arranged during the off season.
Point Ellice House
2616 Pleasant Street,