Crystal Garden

713 Douglas Street Victoria BC map
since 1925
Since 1925, the Crystal Garden has been an integral part of the community of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and its surrounding area. Each person who learned to swim, donned a wool bathing suit, ate ice cream, danced, took tea and met friends at this building holds a little piece of Victoria's past in their memory. The Garden allowed adults and children a little bit of luxury and relaxation in busy lives impacted by the Depression, The Second World War and the growth of Greater Victoria.

The Crystal Garden opened June 26th, 1925 surrounded by fanfare and a great Carnival featuring balls, swimming competitions and other events. Over the next few decades, the popularity of the saltwater pool and its surrounding Tea Room would encourage Victorians to visit this amusement centre on a regular basis as well as for special occasions. The uses of the building extended to flower shows, meetings, training of the Canadian Naval forces and even displays of art by European master painters such as Titian and Murillo.
postcard of crystal garden
"Promenade & Tepid Seawater Swimming Pool"
postcard of Crystal Garden

Architects F.M. Rattenbury and Percy James created a steel and glass roofline that allowed light to enter the building; the magical 'glass palace' effect delighted the public. The construction was a matter of civic pride, as the citizens of Victoria had voted in favour of the project after a prolonged debate over whether or not the Canadian Pacific Railway company should finance the building. The Crystal Garden was approved and became a Victoria landmark.
Open / Operational
Venues >> Meeting / Class / Workshop Space Venues >> Music Venue Venues >> Theatre / Dance Venue
Fully Accessible see details

Accessibility Notes

Lift available at both entrance and north end.

Venue Specs

Venue FormatMulti-Purpose / Hall
Liquor LicenseLicensed (minors allowed)
Capacity Notes/DetailsMax. 700 on Upper Level, 400 on Lower Level
Square Footage25
Dimension Notes / Details16,196 on Upper Level, 7,632 on Lower Level, 1,172 in Foyer
Has StageYes
Stage DetailsOn request.
Flooring TypeCarpet/Dance Floor Area
Rental RatesOn request.
Has Sound / LightingYes
Soundsystem DetailsOn request.
AmenitiesBar and Servery.
Lighting / Projector SpecsOn request.
Parking NotesAt rear and below VCC main facility.
Venue StaffingAvailable (Optional)
Other EquipmentOn request.

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Focus by Brad Nugent February 1968
Focus by Brad Nugent
Author: Brad Nugent
Published by: Victoria Daily Times


Address713 Douglas Street

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