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Welcome!

The Coveted Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon
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.

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Annual Masonic Family Picnic - Sunday July 21st

Heritage Acres - 4321 Lochside Dr Saanichton


The annual Masonic Family Picnic is an extraordinary event for the entire family and invited friends. From good eats, Shrine Clowns (and a promised appearance by the Shrine train!), fun games, and adventurous miniature train rides, this is one event that everyone should attend!

The official scheduled time for the picnic is 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Complimentary burgers, hot dogs, drinks and ice cream will available at the catering building (which is the focal point of the picnic). Food service will start at noon!

The organizing committee has arranged for a limited number of complimentary miniature train ride tickets. Be sure to check-in with the catering building when you arrive to get your free tickets!

A great way to meet all the Freemasons from across the District One jurisdiction and to enjoy a zero-cost Sunday!

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Filipino Celebration Feast: June 28th, 2024

Master Filipino Chefs with their signature "Lechon" traditional roast suckling pig

Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 enjoyed a near sell-out crowd at their second annual Philippines Independence Celebration Feast!

A huge variety of traditional Filipino foods were professionally prepared and served, and guests were encouraged to enjoy seconds; nobody left hungry!!

Following the feast, an informative presentation was made on the geography and history of the Philippines.

Capping-off this enjoyable evening was some spirited karaoke and ongoing great camaraderie!

Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 established this very special evening for, and by its Filipino brethren last year. For those who missed-out, stay tuned for more information about a 2025 date!!!


 

 

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 Master's Greeting


Brethren,

As I start my second year as Worshipful Master for Victoria Columbia Lodge, the significance of such an event (doing more than one term as Worshipful Master) is not lost on me. It is a rare privilege to serve our lodge in such a capacity. I do not look upon this service as a burden but as an honour.


The past year has taught me many things, humility, respect for fellow brethren, wisdom of the craft, understanding of individuals challenges, personal responsibilities, and self-care. Sitting in the East will do that for a Mason and for that I am grateful. I don’t think I would have grown as much this past year if I had not pushed myself out of my comfort zone and challenged myself to do my best. I’m not perfect and neither is anyone else, but if we put our best effort forward in all our endeavours, collectively we will achieve great things.


I’m very excited for what this year will bring. There are events planned this year that we did not have an opportunity to do last year and with a full slate of talented officers, I’m confident this year will be memorable.


I encourage all our brethren, in whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability. Serve your fellow brethren and your lodge and you both will be enriched. It’s a great time to be a Mason and I’m grateful to call you all my brothers.

Warmest fraternal wishes,

WB Vance Smith
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.

Next In-Person Meeting:

Thursday August 1st, 2024. Regular Meeting.

Pre-Lodge Social 5:30PM, $18.00 at-the-door supper at 6:00PM, Lodge tyles at 7:30PM. Always great eats at Victoria-Columbia No.1, and the Jr Warden will advise his curated roster of tasty comestibles during the week prior to the meeting!

You need to let the Junior Warden know if you are coming for supper: jw@victoriacolumbia.ca

Visiting Freemasons always welcome at Victoria-Columbia both for socials/suppers and meetings!

2024 Annual Dues

The Online Annual Dues Form has been updated for 2024 and is ready for the membership!

In-arrears for 2023? There is a section on the 2024 portal to allow you to bring your account up-to-date

Annual dues may be paid online with a credit card, cheque, or e-transfer (email payment). Paying by cheque or e-transfer saves card processing fees. The discount schedule is included with the online form.

Use treasurer@victoriacolumbia.ca to send e- transfers!

Please 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 165-years of history and preemminence of Freemasonry in British Columbia!

    Other Web Links


Schedule of Events & Meetings in Lodges of District One and 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
Vcitoria-Columbia Grand Lodge Seal