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Celebrating Christmas

Our final Talk & Tea of 2023 was held in November. Our local historian Norma Sealey took a look at the customs and traditions that our ancestors might have celebrated, as a background of how we celebrate and decorate for the holidays. It was followed by an enjoyable "Christmas Tea".

Remembrance Day


As is tradition, we opened the Log Cabin Museum after the Central Saanich Remembrance Day Ceremony, to welcome guests with hot drinks and a comfortable chair in front of the warm fire.

Heritage Farms

For the last Talk & Tea in October, we focused on how Saanich Peninsula farms have provided food for the public over several generations.
We invited 2 local farmers: Pamela Fox from SilverRill Berry Farm, and Larry Sluggett from Sluggett Farms. Both Pamela and Larry are from farm families that have
operated here for over 100 years!

Archives on the Tsawout

Imagine being one of the most-known Indigenous families on the Saanich Peninsula, yet you can’t trace your family back more than your grandmother?

Our October Talk & Tea welcomed Gus Underwood to the Log Cabin. With a fire in the fireplace to take the chill off, and a full house of eager guests, he regaled us with family history, Tsawout history, and Saanich Peninsula history!

Originally Marilyn Underwood was to be here as well, but due to an unfortunate accident, she wasn't able to join us, however Gus did a fine job with some political opinions to share, done in his typical Gus way. He even spilled tea on a family secret! 

Community Volunteer Carnival


Once again, our members volunteered - this time in September at the Beacon Community Services' Volunteer Recruitment Carnival: our valued volunteers volunteering their time to recruit much-needed volunteers!

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Jammin at the Fair!


We set up once again, at the annual Saanich Fair, on the Labour Day weekend.


True to the theme of the 2023 Fair, our volunteers put together a great display of jam-making in days gone by.

90th Anniversary


In July, we celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the Log Cabin Museum, by throwing a party for the community!

Times-Colonist article

Peninsula News Review article

The Sikhs of Tod Inlet

In April, in honour of Sikh Heritage Month, this Talk & Tea screened the film, “Searching for the Sikhs of Tod Inlet” by David R Gray.

Starting in 1906 with the arrival of 40 Sikh men to work at the cement mill in Tod Inlet, this documentary included rare archival film and interviews with descendants of the workers

Victoria's Chinatown - Then & Now


We were very pleased to have Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Visitor Experience & Facilities Coordinator, for the Chinese Canadian Museum in Fan Tan Alley, present at the March Talk & Tea.

Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest in Canada, and the second oldest in North America. See more on the Chinese Canadian Museum here.

2023 Season Opening


We celebrated the opening of the Log Cabin Museum for the season, by inviting the public to celebrate with us during #BCHeritageWeek

John Dean Park / LÁU,WELṈEW̱


Our February Talk & Tea featured local author & John Dean Park steward, Jarrett Teague.


He presented on the Indigenous legends and storied past of the park / LÁU,WELṈEW̱. 

Saanichton Community Christmas


In December, we joined with the Saanichton Village Association for the annual celebration in the Village!

"Christmas in the Village" has become a happy family tradition over the years, with card-making, cookie-decorating, hot chocolate around the fire, and more!

History With A Sense Of Humour


In November, a local legend himself, Gary Cunningham, presented at that month's Talk & Tea.


He regaled us with tales of the early days in the Elk Lake and Royal Oak areas.

Fashioning A Reign


Donna Otto, hostess at the Government House Costume Museum, treated us to a royal fashion presentation for ​early November's Talk & Tea.

For more information Government House of BC.

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