Our rural past comes alive

June 10th, 2015 by Martin Vernon

Heritage Acres is just that, acres of heritage. It’s a place of fascination for most of us as we experience the past coming alive. In this case, it is the rural past when the Saanich Peninsula was forested with isolated communities and homesteads.

The Saanich Historical Artifacts Society have collected steam engines, agricultural machinery and Heritage Acres on the Saanich Peninsulaartifacts from the past all lovingly restored and demonstrated. A highlight has to be a tour of Heritage Acres on the small gauge railway. See demonstrations at the blacksmith’s shop. View the saw mill and carpentry shop, the waterwheel from the old quarry at the Butchart Gardens. Other buildings include a school house, a tiny chapel and a boat house overlooking the pond. Over 35 tractors and working steam engines spanning the past century are in use periodically.

The Summer Fair at Heritage Acres on 20th and 21st June 2015 (Father’s Day weekend) is one of several summer events when the past comes alive here. Our agricultural past can be enjoyed adjoining Hwy 17 (Patricia Bay Highway) just south of Island View Road – easy access if you’ve a car or horse and buggy.

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