Metchosin Museum Society
On traditional lands of the Sc’ianew Cheanuh (Beecher Bay First Nation) the Metchosin Museum Society is responsible for the Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum and the Metchosin Pioneer Museum.
This site is dedicated to our forbears who settled in this part of Vancouver Island.
This settlement of Metchosin was part of the Hudson Bay Company fur trading territory known as New Caledonia. New Caledonia encompassed an area extending from central British Columbia south to the mouth of the Columbia River at the Washington-Oregon boundary. In 1843 Fort Victoria was constructed as a headquarters of the New Caledonia trading region.
Metchosin was one of the earliest areas to be settled outside of Fort Victoria. This settlement occurred because of the need to supply food to the resident Hudson Bay Co. population at the Fort.
Since 1843, of course, everything has changed. Fort Victoria was demolished in 1864 and the city which grew up around the fort eventually became capital of the Province of British Columbia.
The Society has two museums:
- METCHOSIN SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM
4475 Happy Valley Road, Victoria, British Columbia (see map)
Saturdays and Sundays, April through October: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- METCHOSIN PIONEER MUSEUM
4450 Happy Valley Road, Victoria, British Columbia (see map)
Sundays, except holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
We hope to bring some of Metchosin’s history to you. This site is also a way for the Metchosin Museum Society to share our history with you.
We hope you enjoy our site.