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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

The Bastion Cannons

Bastion Square

 

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The Bastion Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. The Bastion Cannons Marker
Inscription. You are standing at the entrance to Bastion Square Bastion Square is a legacy of Fort Victoria whose two log towers or “Bastions” were located near here. The Hudson’s Bay Company, which remains as a store across the street, built the fort in 1843 including a surrounding log wall or “palisade”. The two bastions on opposite corners of the fort, held cannons at the top for defence [sic] and one also housed the fort’s jail. Looking closely at the sidewalk, you can see the bricks that outlined the log towers and wall which were demolished after The Fraser River Gold Rush in 1858’

Bastion Square has evolved as a public square since the Victorian era. Earlier in this century, it was not a popular place for people to gather, but it was revitalized in the 1960s. Near the harbour, at the far side of Bastion Square, you can see three plaques with the names of people who were proudly involved in revitalizing the area. In 1971, the historic conservation and renewal of Bastion Square was nationally recognized as the recipient of a Massey Award for excellence in urban design. Today, it is the heart of Victoria’s Old Town National Historic Site.
photo courtesy BC Archives
 
Location. 48° 25.54′ N, 123° 22.063′ W. Marker is in Victoria

The Bastion, detail from the Bastion Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. The Bastion, detail from the Bastion Cannons Marker
Photograph courtesy BC Archives.
, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Government Street and View Street on Government Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1150 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bastion (here, next to this marker); Fort Victoria (a few steps from this marker); The Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Victoria (within shouting distance of this marker); First British Columbia School (within shouting distance of this marker); Percy Leonard James (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Salvation Army (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Victoria - Fortwiki. (Submitted on October 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Additional keywords. fur trade, Hudson's Bay Company
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Bastion Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
3. The Bastion Cannons Marker
Note the brick pattern in the pavement outlining the location of the Bastion.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 507 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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