In September 1861, a group of prominent local business leaders formed a steering committee aimed at establishing what later became the father of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and Trade, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
The Victoria Chamber of Commerce was officially founded on February 9, 1863.
The Chamber became the Victoria Board of Trade from 1878 to 1920, during which time, The Chamber helped establish the New Westminster and Vancouver Boards of Trade.
In 1920, The Chamber reverted to the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
In 1967, The Chamber adopted the present nomenclature, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
(Reference: The Twentieth-Century History of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, by Peter Morgan Locke)
The Chamber 150 Year Celebrations
Legacy Tree Planting
The Legacy Tree Planting project connected The Chamber’s past, present and future, through the planting of 150 native trees and the placement of a plaque along community trails throughout Greater Victoria, including
the Selkirk Trans Canada Pavillion, Atkins, the Switch Bridge, and on Mt Newton.
"The location of these trees is particularly significant, as the Galloping Goose trail was built along the very railway trestles that The Chamber lobbied for in 1885," said Darlene Hollstein, Chair of The Chamber.
This project was supported through the donation of labour and maintenance by the Capital Regional District.
The Celebrations took place in historic Centennial Square, and featured artistic/heritage performances. Community partners, such as the Victoria Police, the Victoria Fire Department and various others, provided family friendly activities and many long-standing Chamber members participated in the square with market tents.
Historic Walking Tours took place during the day giving attendees the opportunity to learn about our community’s rich heritage.
For pictures from the event - click here