Historic Crystal Garden

A unique historic setting

The Crystal Garden, one of the most beautiful venues in Western Canada, was designed by Francis Rattenbury. Its structure was inspired by the famous Crystal Palace built for London’s 1851 Great Exposition and the Palm House at Kew Gardens. Opened in June 1925 as the largest salt water swimming pool in the Empire, this conservatory building also housed leafy tea gardens and two dance floors.

It was a most popular social centre for the city for decades and a haunt for many celebrities in its heyday including Johnny Weissmuller of Tarzan fame who set a 100 yard freestyle world indoor record in the pool in 1925.

In later years the building was home to exotic animals and tropical gardens before re-opening in its present form as part of the Victoria Conference Centre.