British Columbia joined Canada on July 20 1871. Francis James Roscoe, first resident of Ross Bay Villa organized the celebration and fireworks in Victoria.
Join us as we mark the 147th B.C. Confederation day at Ross Bay Villa on Sunday July 22 from 12-4 pm.
Tour the restored rooms in the house and listen to live music while enjoying a traditional Cream Tea in the historic garden under the venerable apple trees.
The event will also feature Victorian outdoor games and heritage displays. Entry to the grounds are free. A guided house tour is $7.00. Cream Tea is $7.00. Cream Tea and a Guided House Tour is $12.00. You can purchase tickets for a guided house tour and Cream Tea in advance at
All funds raised during this event go to the conservation, restoration and maintenance of the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum.
Welcome to Ross Bay Villa!
Ross Bay Villa was the home of Francis James Roscoe and his wife Anna Letitia from 1865 to 1879. While living there, they had five children: Mary, Katherine, Francis, Millicent and Thomas.
Roscoe a prominent merchant in Victoria, was a Member of Parliament for Victoria from 1874 to 1878. Prior to becoming an MP, he was a staunch supporter of British Columbia joining Confederation in 1871.
After his election, he fought for British Columbia and worked at making sure that the terms of Confederation were maintained – specifically the promised joining of British Columbia with the rest of the country by a continental railway – the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum has been preserved and restored to the way it would have looked when the Roscoe family were in residence. The Entry Hall; Drawing Room; and Dining Room have all been restored to the 1865-1879 appearance. A children’s room is currently under restoration.
One of the three bedrooms is currently an office for the Old Cemeteries Society, which leads Sunday tours of the historic Ross Bay Cemetery, directly across the street from Ross Bay Villa. Their rental income helps to preserve the house and garden.
Ross Bay Villa – and the volunteer Ross Bay Villa Society that has been working to preserve and restore this rare 1865 house since 1999 – welcomes visitors. Join us for a guided tour every Saturday at 2:00.