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Welcome!

The Coveted Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon
Master Mason Certificate: Awarded to all Lodge
Brethren Who Qualify!

Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons has been proudly operating as an Emulation-Work Lodge since 1859. Located in Victoria, British Columbia, the Lodge was first Chartered by the United Grand Lodge of England, then later by the Grand Lodge of British Columbia (now known at the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon). Victoria-Columbia No.1 is older than Canada has been a country, and our Lodge is rich in history and tradtions.


Visitors to this website, particularly those men considering becoming a Freemason, are encouraged to enjoy and explore the information provided here, as well as the links to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon and other Freemasonry online resources.

Most Worshipful Brother Donald MacKenzie Elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon for 2020-2021

MW Bro Don MacKenzie was born in New Westminster on 4 April 1951 and educated in Maple Ridge. Our Grand Master is a proud seventh generation Freemason. As you would expect, he was exposed to Freemasonry from a young age, which influenced his early childhood. This masonic influence has continued throughout his adult life!

For MWGM MacKenzie's full Bio, please click HERE

 

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Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 - Update Fall 2020:


As-of September 2nd, 2020, MWGM MacKenzie has announced a further suspension of in-person meetings. As a result, the previously scheduled September 3rd VC-1 Fisgard Hall meeting will now be held online. Further instructions will be disseminated by the Lodge Secretary and/or the Worshipful Master.

Standby for further information as it becomes available.

 

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Installation 2020!


Another successful Installation January 4th, 2020!




 

Since the 1871 stand-up of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia (now known as the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon), there has been a tradtion that Victoria-Columbia`s Installations would be attended by Grand Lodge. That tradition has expanded to include the Grand Lodge of Washington, as well as the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington and Jurisdictions.

The 2020 Installation did not disappoint. Superb ritual, great international camaraderie and a fabulous banquet to celebrate it all!

Victoria-Columbia`s new Worshipful Master is WBro Sean Dyble, a Victoria-area gentleman well known for his long military career with the Royal Canadian Navy and more recently with his private businesses.

Next Installation is January 9th, 2021. If you missed the pageantry of the three Grand Lodges, please consider joining us next year!

Photo courtesy VW Bro Martin, GL of Washington. Click on the image for a larger version!

Master's Greeting


Brothers of Victoria-Columbia Lodge:

As the 161st master of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, I am humbled by the trust that you have placed in me, and I will spend 2020 proving to you that your trust was well-placed.  Inspired by the masonic work of our brothers in BC, Washington and points more distant, the officers and I have remarked at the excitement and energy that this year holds.
 
Building on the solid foundations of those that came before, the Lodge will be busy with activities throughout the year.  Expect at least one family-oriented event per month (dinners, BBQ, picnics and more), festive boards and a table lodge shared with a sister lodge.

Learning about Freemasonry through presentations and discussions, long a popular fixture in Lodge, will continue and include previously unexplored subjects designed to spark interest and the desire for further individual discovery.  Please read the Summons carefully and consult the Lodge calendar (available in the “Members Only” area) to ensure you know what events are scheduled for the coming months.

In closing, I recommend that you reflect the tenets of the Craft in your daily affairs and, as a famous Freemason once said, “there is upon each Mason a peculiar obligation to show himself in every respect a good citizen; for after all, the way he can best do his duty to the ancient order is by reflecting credit on it though his good works as a citizen of Canada”.

I hope to see every member of Victoria-Columbia in Lodge in the very near future.  If you have suggestions on what you would like to see this year, send either Tony, Vance or I an email and we will work to see it done.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
W. Bro. Sean Dyble
Worshipful Master

Lodge News & Events


    Upcoming Lodge Meetings:


-Meetings first Thursday of every month, including July & August! Victoria-Columbia is the only Lodge in the Victoria area that operates year-round. Regular tyling at 7:30 PM. Check-out the line-up of pre-Lodge suppers in the features section of this page (left)! The Lodge meeting in the Fisgard Hall in September has been suspended. (please see the feature announcement on the main left section of this page)

-Music For Youth Postponed: From 2007 onwards, Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 has supported a musical instrument refurbishment and donation programme for local area public school music students.

Our first supported school was Central Middle School, and in 2019, Shoreline Community Middle School was selected as our new programme partner. Music for Youth is fully recognized by The Greater Victoria School District, and instrument or cash donations are eligible for tax receipts!

The Lodge has been privileged to enjoy a yearly concert staged by the schools we support (and the students got to perform in our beautiful meeting hall on Fisgard St!).

For 2020, the concert was scheduled on April 5th, however, with COVID-19 concerns, a postponement was neccessary.

Stand-by for information about a re-scheduled concert date! Please visit our Music for Youth feature webpage, including photos of past concerts HERE.

2020 Annual Dues


  • Annual dues may be paid online with a credit card or PayPal balance, or by cheque, cash or direct funds transfer (email payment). Click-on the form for discounts available for the non-card payment options!

    Click Here for Online Dues Renewal!

    Why Victoria-Columbia No.1 For a "Masonic Journey"?


  • Amor de Cosmos: Second premier of British Columbia and a founding member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1


    Men considering becoming a Freemason often have to choose between various Lodges and types of Freemasonry practiced. Victoria-Columbia No.1 is proud of being the first Lodge (1859) established on the Pacific-side of Canada, and being one of the co-builders of the beautiful Fisgard St. Freemasons' Hall in dowtown Victoria (1880).


    English Past Master Robert Burnaby (the City of Burnaby was named after him) acted as one of the Installing Masters at the constitution of  Victoria Lodge No. 1085
    in 1860

     

    The current members of the Lodge enjoy 161-years of history and preemminence of Freemasonry in British Columbia!

    Other Web Links


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Lodge & Community Events Roster - A Service by United Peninsula Lodge No.24 for Freemasons and Concordants on Southern Vancouver Island!

 

The Appeal of Freemasonry

"What attracts a man to Freemasonry? Every man comes of his own free will and accord, with his own individual needs and interests. One man may join so that he can associate with other men who believe that only by improving themselves can they hope to improve the world. Another man may join because he is looking for a focus for his charitable inclinations. And yet another may be attracted by a strong sense of history and tradition. Many join simply because they knew a friend or relative who was a freemason and they admired that man’s way of living his life. All who join and become active discover a bond of brotherly affection and a community of mutual support; a practical extension of their own religious and social beliefs."

Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon

Seals of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 &
The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon

Victoria-Columbia Seal
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