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Victoria BC, What is in a Name.

Queen VictoriaVictoria BC, What is in a Name.

Victoria, BC finds it roots in 1843 with the building of a Trading Post by the Hudson Bay Company.

However the Trading Post that was to become Victoria was initially called Fort Camosun, after the name given to the inner harbour by the local First Nation People.

The Naming for the Trading Post then took a another side step and wasQueen Victoria and Prince Albert called Fort Albert, after Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, by the Chief trader for the Hudson Bay Company (Charles Ross).

However this name did not sit well with the big bosses at HBC's Northern Department, and they renamed the Trading Post to Fort Victoria.....

For a year or so all three names where used until the head ofice of the Hudson Bay Company made a final ruling that the Fort was to be named after the Queen herself and was formally decidated in December of 1843.

From the initially small settlement around the Fort, a townsite was laid out in 1851 - and by 1852 the town saw its final  name change to what we now know as Victoria.

Antique Map of Victoria
Sources :
Royal BC Archives, and the book BC Place Names (2009) by Mark Thorburn

Here is a link to the Victoria Real Estate Board Statistical Reports, and published every month. Victoria Real Estate Market Snapshot

 

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Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490  

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Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2

 

Comments

Hi Peter and Linda. The Queen will be remembered forever. It was only fitting that they name this settlement after the Queen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 9 years ago

I never liked history when I was in school, but stories of history in the Rain intrigue me. Hooray for the Queen!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Good evening Peter and Linda,

Wow Pfanntastic post!! It is fitting the settlement be named after the Queen. I like your link to the statistical reports!! Very cool. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 9 years ago

Long  Live The Queen!   

   Pfanntastic post, Peter and Linda.

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jerry,

It is an appropriate name now with all its beauty and history, in the not so good old days, it must have been a bit odd to have a tiny trading post to be called after royalty.

Hi Ellen,

History as a true past tense is often boring, but seeing living history all around us, is fun and intriguing

Hi Dorie,

Thank you for stopping by and we are proud to be named after royalty, many think that Victoria is more British than London...;)

Hi Fred,

Here here, thank you for the kind words of support

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 9 years ago

Linda and Peter having grown up in a British Colony I was expected to learn a lot of history pertaining to the Royal Family.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 9 years ago

Peter and Linda - I find it interesting how many of the names of Canadian cities have their roots in names familiar to those early pioneers and settlers from their homeland.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jennifer

Personally I was born in Holland,  its Royal Family was not very common to name cities in their colony, There is Oranjestad and Willemburg and Nasseau,

The British have been a bit more naming happy.

Hi Kathy,

very true, in our area it is about 70 - 30,  from towns named by First Nations people and pioneers, stay tuned we might cover some of these names in the future

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 9 years ago

Did you guys know that Cananda was discovered by Lewis and Clark from Virginia...sent out by George Washington also from Virginia. Victoria used to be called Virginia BC before the French changed the name. Those French...

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 9 years ago

Hi Steve and Jan,

Happy thanksgivings to you, just wondering if you had a little too much "gin" from Vir"gin"ia    ;)

Not sure which history class you attended but I think you need ask for your money back my friend......;) But I get the Virginia part....However Victoria is really our centre of the universe.

 

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 9 years ago

Gin was discovered in Virginia by a visiting Canadian Bob Canuck. He used Juniper berries from his Bahamian plantation. Many people wrongly thing the pirates drank rum but it was gin...invented by our Canadian visitor as the perfect compliment to Cajun food which he and his wife Cindy also invented.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 9 years ago

HI Steve,

Your creative juices are truly pouring out, us Canucks are really enjoying your ability to spin a story ;)

 

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 9 years ago

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