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Things to See and Do on Vancouver Island, British Columbia 
 
by Mary M. Alward August 12, 2005

Saanich Historical Artifacts Society

Located on twenty-nine acres, the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society is dedicated to the collection, housing and demonstration of artifacts from Victoria’s rural past. The collection of agricultural, household and industrial artifacts is magnificent and dates from the late 19th century to the present. The museum alone is over 9,000 square feet and there are other buildings that house exhibits and displays.

Father’s Day weekend, the Society welcomes the public to the Old Time Summer Fair. On the third weekend in September, they host The Steam Threshing Show. These are the only events that require you pay and admission. Donations are accepted at all other times of the year.

Take along a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic tables found in several locations around the grounds. The view from these areas is magnificent. Take a hike on one of the scenic trails and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

The Saanich Historical Artifacts Society has parking, washroom facilities and is wheel chair accessible. A beautiful rural Chapel is located on the grounds. The non-denominational church can be rented for weddings and private services.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you are afraid of heights, this attraction isn’t for you. However, if you enjoy a bird’s-eye view of majestic scenery, you’ll be thrilled with the adventure of crossing Capilano, which stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River.

Once you have crossed the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is the world’s greatest suspension bridge, an awesome outdoors experience awaits you in the living forest and story center exhibit. You will marvel at the magnificent carvings in Totem Park and Big House Carving Center. Be sure to visit the award winning gardens, a variety of food outlets and the Trading Post gift shop. This attraction is the experience of a lifetime.

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