thriftys smile cardWe are pleased to announce that The Ross Bay Villa Society has joined the Thrifty Foods Smile Card program for Charitable Organizations

Now that The Ross Bay Villa Society is a member of the Thrifty Foods Smile Card Program supporters of the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum can contribute to the Villa every time they shop at Thriftys.  Use a Smile card for your Thriftys purchases and 5% of every penny you spend comes back to the Ross Bay Villa Society. The Smile Cards are free. There is Absolutely NO COST to you the shopper beyond the cost of a regular grocery purchase. By using a Thrifty Foods Smile Card for purchases at Thriftys, we can potentially raise thousands of dollars a year for Ross Bay Villa. Please join us in this exciting fund raising opportunity.

You can pick up your personal Smile Card at the Villa on Saturday’s or we can mail it out to you. We will also have Smile Cards on hand at the Society AGM on May 13.

Getting Started is simple!  The first time you use your Smile Card, tell the sales-clerk before you go through the till that you want to deposit some money on your new card. This can be done with cash, a cheque or a credit/debit card. You can put in just enough for that day’s shopping, for a week or even the whole month. Your balance will show up on the till slip, and you can also check it online. As soon as you make a purchase with the card 5% of the amount is set aside for distribution to the Ross Bay Villa Society.

Please help us make this a winning opportunity for Ross Bay Villa and let us know how we can get your card to you soon.

Many thanks to RBV Board member Nick Russell for shepherding our application for a Smile Card through the process and thanks to Thrifty Foods for their ongoing support of the Villa.

To order your Smile Card email  or call 250 598 1803.

All proceeds go towards the restoration and maintenance of Ross Bay Villa.



Welcome to Ross Bay Villa!

Ross Bay Villa FINAL FINAL Fundraising Brochure PHOTOSHOPPEDRoss 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.