Oak Bay walking tour unveils hidden history

The walk starts at the corner of Beach Drive and Newport Avenue at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday

  • Nov. 12, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Kate Humble leads a Sunday morning stroll through the neighbourhoods of her youth.

Humble moved back to Victoria last year, and now works at the Marine Museum of British Columbia but has worked for a decade on and off with John Adams both here and overseas. Now the Oak Bay High grad uses her love of history to lead residents through Oak Bay’s hidden neighbourhoods with Adams’ Discover the Past walking tours.

“I try to pick little areas of Oak Bay and do different areas each season,” she said. In the spring she led residents through the York and Prospect Place area. On Sunday’s stroll, and one in late October, she explores Anderson Hill.

“We used to go sit up there and do French homework and we never thought about the story of Anderson Hill,” she said. “These are the things you never think about when you’re 16.”

The 90-minute tour reveals heritage homes designed by Samuel Maclure and new homes of unique design, the beauty of Anderson Hill Park and  a First World War tale with a link to novelist P. G. Wodehouse.

“I tell the story of a variety of well-known historical families, and the story of the golf course,” she said. “I talk about our own aristocratic connection here. We’ve got Lady Chatfield who still lives in the area.”

She delves into the history of Anderson Hill and the early Spanish explorers.

“I have some wonderful stories about (Francis) Rattenbury,” she said. “There’s one wonderful connection with the author P.G. Wodehouse, one of the men who lived along the route is supposed to be one of the characters in one of his famous books.”

The walk starts at the corner of Beach Drive and Newport Avenue (end on Island Road) at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 .

Cost is $13 for seniors and students and $15 for adults. Visit discoverthepast.com for more walks.

 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place

Volunteer hairdressers, estheticians, even a tarot card reader took part in the Victoria event

Victoria Guard Commander leads group of snowmen after ceremony cancelled

Lt.-Cmdr. Michael Irwin wasn’t going to let a bit of snow strip him of his duties

Number of adults living with parents has doubled since 1995

9 per cent of the adult population living with one or more parent

Spring cleaning starts Sunday in Oak Bay

Donations are open for the Monterey Recreation Centre’s annual annual rummage sale

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Most Read