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Victoria Foundation is celebrating their 80th birthday and this is their gift to the community.

They are inviting Victorians to admire world-class art, stroll through magnificent gardens, climb new heights and explore Vancouver Island nature, all free of charge in honour of the Victoria Foundation’s 80th anniversary. Attractions as diverse as the Robert Bateman Centre, Boulders Climbing Gym and Abkhazi Garden are among the 25 participating venues and they will all be free to the public.

Free admission is available all day, and no special tickets are necessary. Even those venues that are typically admission by donation, such as Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary and Wentworth Villa, will have their costs covered for the day. Use the offer to take in some current special attractions and events, such as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s new Millenia exhibition, Emily Carr House’s “…on a Tangent Tear” display and Heritage Acre’s Harvest Fall Threshing.

The Victoria Foundation started in 1936 when Burges Gadsden, a volunteer at a soup kitchen brought to life his vision of a community foundation in BC. Established by an Act of the BC Legislature, the Foundation received its first gift the following year, with Gadsden’s mother, Fannie, donating $20. Today the Victoria Foundation continues to build a vibrant, caring community for all. It is the region’s largest non-government funder, with assets of over $270 million and annual granting of over $15 million.

For details and hours of participating attractions, please view the following links to participants’ websites.

Abkhazi Gardens

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

British Columbia Aviation Museum

Boulders Climbing Gym

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum

Craigdarroch Castle

Emily Carr House

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Heritage Acres

Maritime Museum

Metchosin Pioneer Museum

Metchosin Museum Society

Point Ellice House

Robert Bateman Centre

Ross Bay Villa

Salish Sea Center

Sidney Museum

Sooke Potholes Regional Park and Thetis Lake Regional Park

Sooke Region Museum

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

UVic Climbing Centre and Fieldhouse

Wentworth Villa – Architectural Heritage Museum