Category Archives: A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge: W is for Berwick Street (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, W is for Berwick Street!  Hey, there’s a W there!

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

What I could find out about Berwick Street:

Berwick is yet another one-block street in our neighbourhood.  It starts at Boyd Street and dead-ends before reaching San Jose (see J).  And this time, there is no escape, even by foot, except to turn around and head back out to Boyd Street.  I always wondering what people living on streets like Berwick think when you drive or walk down their streets knowing full well that they dead-end.

Yeah, that’s all I got folks.  I have no idea where the name came from, and I have no interesting facts about Berwick Street.  There are a bunch of retirement homes around Victoria and the Island called Berwick, but they probably have nothing to do with the street…

Here are some pictures I took of Berwick Street.

That’s all there is, folks…

And just to pad things a bit, here is a telephone pole at the entrance to Berwick:

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

Thanks for visiting letter W 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-4-27-2016-letter-w.html.  Stay tuned for X is for... tomorrow!!

A to Z Challenge: V is for Violet Lane (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, V is for Violet Lane!

Here is a Google map showing where Violet Lane is located in James Bay.

What I could find out about Violet Lane:

Violet Lane is another one-block street which runs from Thetis Lane to St. Andrews.  I’m not really sure how it ranks street status, when it is really more like a back alley.   But, I guess that what makes it kind of an interesting street to add to this challenge.  Plus, it actually begins with V!  Oh, and I should mention – didn’t see any violets…

Here are some pictures I took of Violet Lane.

At the Thetis Lane end.

Looking towards St. Andrews

Looking back the other way…

…from the St. Andrews end.

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

Thanks for visiting letter V 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-4-26-2017-letter-v.html.  Stay tuned for W is for... tomorrow!!

A to Z Challenge: U is for Huron (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, U is for Huron Street (sure it is!)!

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

What I could find out about Huron Street:

Huron Street doesn’t really go anywhere.  It starts at Dallas and Erie, runs down towards the water, and ends.  And there are no heritage houses on Huron.  In fact, there are no houses at all – just condos.  The Canadian Coast Guard, however, has a Regional Operations Centre (http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/e0003922) on Huron.

I don’t know how old Huron Street is – I suspect it dates from the establishment of the Coast Guard Centre, but that’s just a guess.

Here are some pictures I took of Huron Street.

Here we are.

The Coast Guard sign at the entrance to Huron.  Well, close to the entrance…

The view down Huron from Dallas.

One of several waterfalls at the condo complex.

I can’t go any further – that’s Coast Guard territory!

And, looking back up towards Dallas.

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

Thanks for visiting letter U 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-4-25-2017-letter-u.html.  Stay tuned for V is for... tomorrow!!

A to Z Challenge: T is for Toronto (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, T is for Toronto Street!

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

What I could find out about Toronto Street:

Toronto Street, one of the older streets in James Bay, runs, diagonally, from Douglas at the park to Menzies Street.   It’s kind of a shortcut for us if we are walking home from downtown, because it’s a diagonal walk.

According to 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. ”

Today, it’s perhaps not the most interesting street in James Bay (it’s lost a lot of its older homes), but there are still some heritage houses on Toronto.

Also of interest, the Carriage House B&B is on Toronto Street (http://www.carriagehousebandb.ca/), just off Government Street.  And the James Bay Inn (http://www.jamesbayinn.com/) is at the corner of Government and Toronto.

Here are some pictures I took of Toronto Street.

The Douglas Street end

The park and playground attached to SouthPark School

The way down to Government.

And now, here we are at Government.

The Carriage House B&B

And the James Bay Inn.

And the way towards Menzies.

The end of Toronto Street.

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

Thanks for visiting letter T 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-4-24-2017-letter-t.html.  Stay tuned for U is for... tomorrow!!

A to Z Challenge: S is for South Turner (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, S is for South Turner Street!

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

What I could find out about South Turner Street:

South Turner is, gasp, TWO blocks long, running from Dallas Road to Simcoe Street.  It is a lovely street lined with cherry trees that are stunning in the spring (http://www.tourismvictoria.com/blog/post/2014/21/Spring-Blossoms-in-Victoria/2815/), and a popular route for the horse-drawn carriages that run rampant in our neighbourhood, especially during tourist season (which is coming soon!)

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

“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. ”

There are many heritage houses on the two blocks that are South Turner, some of them dating from the 1890s.

Here are some pictures I took of South Turner Street.

This is South Turner at its most stunning!

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

Thanks for visiting letter S 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-4-22-2017-letter-s.html.  Stay tuned for T is for... Monday!!

A to Z Challenge: R is for Rithet (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, R is for Rithet Street!

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

What I could find out about Rithet Street:

Rithet Street runs for 1 block between South Turner (which will be showcased in the next A to Z post) and Menzies.

Rithet Street was named for Robert Paterson Rithet (as per http://www.jamesbaybeacon.ca/?q=node/1244)  RP Rithet did not live in James Bay, but lived nearby at 998 Humboldt Street in Fairfield (http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/HReg/Fairfield/Humboldt998.html).

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

“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. ”

Here are some pictures I took of Rithet Street.

Well, I didn’t actually get out to take pictures this week ’cause, you know, sick.  And there isn’t that much to see as it’s pretty much apartment buildings on both sides of the block.

Here’s a picture of a horse and carriage trotting down South Turner (see S) near Rithet….

Carriage

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

Thanks for visiting letter R 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-4-21-2017-letter-r.html.  Stay tuned for S is for... tomorrow!!

A to Z Challenge: Q is for Quebec (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, Q is for Quebec Street!

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

What I could find out about Quebec Street:

Quebec Street is a little longer than some of the streets I’ve been featuring during this challenge, in that it stretches for approximately 3 blocks (one of them long) from Menzies at the Legislature Buildings, to Montreal Street.

Along Quebec Street, you will find a number of hotels.  Not surprising given its proximity to the Inner Harbour, the Legislature, and downtown.  These hotels include:

While there are a lot of hotels on Quebec Street, there are also some heritage houses, including

225 Quebec Street is now a restaurant called Nourish (http://www.nourishkitchen.ca/)

Here are some pictures I took of Quebec Street.

Ok, this is all I’ve got.  A picture from last summer.  I have been sick this week, so haven’t really felt much like walking around, and yesterday was cold and windy, and Quebec Street is a bit of a walk…whine, whine, whine.  Imagine a long street with hotels on it!

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

Thanks for visiting letter Q 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-4-20-2017-letter-q.html.  Stay tuned for R is for... tomorrow!!

A to Z Challenge: P is for Pilot (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, P is for Pilot Street!

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

What I could find out about Pilot Street:

Back to our one-block streets, Pilot Street runs from Niagara down to Dallas Road.

Apparently there are no registered Heritage houses on Pilot, but it is known for its “wartime” housing.  Here is an example:

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

“The opening of Panama Canal in August 1914 encouraged more industrial development in the vicinity of Ogden Point. A breakwater was constructed during WWI and the Ogden Point Docks were opened to deep-sea shipping. In the late 1920s a grain elevator was built and later a fish processing plant, both served by a railway barge slip. During World War II the former Outer Wharf became a major ship building facility for the Victoria Machinery Depot. The old Armadale Estate was subdivided, Pilot and Dock Streets were opened up and “Wartime houses,” affordable houses for the shipyard workers, were constructed. ”

Here are some pictures I took of Pilot Street.

Here is the Dallas end.

A different approach – here are some tiny houses along Pilot Street:

And, at the Niagara end, are some community gardens!

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

Thanks for visiting letter P 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-4-19-2017-letter-p.html.  Stay tuned for Q is for... tomorrow!!

A to Z Challenge: O is for Oswego (#AtoZChallenge)

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

Today, O is for Oswego Street!

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

What I could find out about Oswego Street:

Oswego Street stretches from Belleville by the inner harbour, all the way down to Dallas Road near the Breakwater.

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

“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.”

Some of the interesting stops along the way are:

Being a longer street, it should be surprising that there are quite a few heritage houses on Oswego:

Here are a few pictures I took of Oswego Street.

The Owego Hotel

The Surf Motel

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

Thanks for visiting letter O 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-4-18-2017-letter-o.html.  Stay tuned for P is for... tomorrow!!

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!!

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