A to Z Challenge: N is for Niagara (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, N is for Niagara Street!

Here is a Google map showing where Niagara Street is located in James Bay.

What I could find out about Niagara Street:

Niagara Street is long – it runs from Douglas Street (at Beacon Hill Park), all the way to Dallas (which it parallels for most of the way) until it turns into….wait for it….St. Lawrence!

From http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/Neighbourhoods/jamesbayhistory.html:

“James Bay’s earliest subdivision streets were named after places in eastern North America that were familiar to the HBC officers: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Belleville, Niagara, Ontario, Kingston, Montreal, Toronto, Oswego, Erie and Quebec. A few names have been changed, such as St. John, now Pendray Street, and Ottawa and Hamilton, now part of Dallas Road. Dallas itself (named after A.G. Dallas of the HBC) now skirts only the western and southern edges of James Bay, but once was the name popularly used for the entire shoreline roadway, including what is now Belleville Street. ”

And

“It was not until the late 1880s and 1890s that living in the southern end of James Bay, closer to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, became popular, in large part because the electric street railway ran lines to the Outer Wharf, along Menzies and Niagara Streets to Beacon Hill Park. Here large homes were interspersed with subdivisions of smaller ones. Dr. Charles Newcombe’s house (138 Dallas Rd) overlooking Ogden Point and the Macaulays’ Queen Anne mansion, Pinehurst, (originally fronting Dallas, now off 617 Battery St) are two notable surviving mansions. The east sides of Oswego, San Jose and Lewis Streets comprise almost intact streetscapes of modest houses of the late 1800s and early 1900s, but nearby streets boast many other working and middle class enclaves, notably along Niagara, Menzies, Rithet, South Turner, lower Government, Toronto, Heather, Parry, Battery and Alma Place (off Michigan) and Avalon. ”

Things on Niagara Street:

Niagara Grocery (near Government Street): http://getfreshwithalocal.com/;  .  We love our local grocery store, but we did almost lose it last year when the property (and the property next door) went up for sale.  Everyone worried that developers would swoop in and put up condos, as they do on so many other properties here in Victoria, but it was saved!  From http://www.jamesbaybeacon.ca/?q=node/1869:

“In recent months the owner of the building placed it on the market. As there is no heritage protection for the old store, it was feared a new owner would knock it down and build a multi-unit condominium in this prime location. How great was the relief when Seamus McKeating and his wife Jennifer Gunter purchased the property, offered Jen a new lease for the business. Seamus went to work in the market himself.”

The old Christ Church Cathedral school (now a private residence) (http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/HReg/JamesB/Niagara520.html)

Don’s Food and Floral (at the corner of Niagara and Menzies)

Edelweiss Club (near Dallas Road): http://www.victoriaedelweiss.ca/

Armadale (sadly no longer there):

And some Heritage houses to  check out:

Here are a few pictures I took of those Niagara Street landmarks I mentioned above.

The Edelweiss Club

What else do you want to know about Niagara Street?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting letter N of my A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more I posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-4-17-2017-letter-n.html.  Stay tuned for O is for... tomorrow!!

Posted on April 17, 2017, in A to Z Challenge and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. How awesome to be in such a community – supporting the local businesses, lovely scenery, ocean views, and lovely weather year ’round! I may just have to move there!

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