Historical Walking Tour Event
Focus of the Tour: The History of Health Care in Victoria BC
Description: Victoria is British Columbia’s oldest major city and has a long history of health care. In a 90-minute walk that spans Old Town and Chinatown the tour will discuss First Nations medicine (especially the use of natural remedies), visit Helmcken House (the oldest house in the province and home of Dr. John S. Helmcken, pioneer doctor and founding president of the BC Medical Association), point out the sites of some of the province’s oldest hospitals (including St. Joseph’s, the first Royal Hospital and the Marine Hospital), go to the site of Dr. Helmcken’s office, pass by the sites of several pioneer drug stores, visit a Chinese herbalist shop, and discuss the first Chinese Hospital of the mid-1880s. This tour is led by prominent Victoria historian John Adams.
Date: June 3rd 2013
Location: Meet at the main doors to the Royal Victoria Museum, Belville Street entrance at 3:00 pm. The tour will last until 4:30. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella in case it rains, as well as a rain jacket.
Cost: $20.00 cash on arrival at the tour.
$10.00 of the cost of the tour will go to a scholarship award for a graduating student in the UVic Post RN BSN Diploma Program.