JBCP Library Story

With the new branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library opening soon in the new Capital Park project on Menzies between Superior and Michigan, the community library housed in the James Bay Community Project will be winding down in the next while.

Here is reminiscence by a former James Bay resident who was invited to tea by Emily Carr. The story takes place in 1925 when the author, Cyril Chave, was 12 and living at 235 Government Street with his parents and younger sister. Carr was living a block away at “Hill House” on Simcoe Street.

There are brown squirrels, black squirrels, and grey squirrels in this area. I call all of them Alfred. Physically, they live one level higher than we humans. The telephone wires are their highways, the trees their resting places, the acorns are harvested for eating, and the Park is there, to hide their treasures. Occasionally they need to go across the road to where they have hidden their food.

You’re Invited to a Party

Not, I’m afraid, a party of the classic holiday sort, filled to the brim with home baking and aslosh with eggnog. Gardeners have somewhat quaint tastes in festivities, and our idea of a good time involves digging holes in (probably muddy) lawns on a December day in order to plant James Bay’s new food trees.

Battery Street derives its name from the former coastal gun emplacements (batteries) at nearby Finlayson and Victoria Points. Finlayson Point is named after Roderick Finlayson, Chief Factor Hudson's Bay Company at Victoria 1844-1872.

Well, that was fast. It's nearly the holidays again. It seems just yesterday Marilyn and I were standing in front of the huge stage at Government and Belleville ringing in 2017 and the 150th anniversary celebration during Victoria's big New Year fest