Old Road and Veteran Oak

Connell ventures to the southern slopes of Pkols/Mount Douglas to see an ancient oak tree. He observes other flora and fauna along the way while sharing interesting pieces of European folklore associated with some of the introduced species he encounters. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, October 30th, 1938- October days are the best of allContinue reading “Old Road and Veteran Oak”

Changed and Changing Countryside

Connell takes a nostalgic look back at the built and natural landscapes of Victoria and Saanich as they were during his first years on the West Coast in the early 1900s, with a focus on the region around Cedar Hill Cross Road and the Shelbourne Valley. From the Victoria Colonist, August 20th, 1939- “Believe itContinue reading “Changed and Changing Countryside”

A Ramble ‘Round Northern Suburbs

Reverend Connell’s writings for the Victoria Colonist newspaper (1936-43) are a vast and yet virtually unknown treasure-trove of local history, natural history, and settler-era folklore for the region. Full of fascinating information and anecdote, they concisely and intelligently- though not without a poetic sentiment- represent a crucial and transformative period in the collective cultural pastContinue reading “A Ramble ‘Round Northern Suburbs”