The Checkers Pavilion to be replaced by traditional First Nations longhouse.
A prominent piece of Beacon Hill Park is going to be torn down and replaced with a traditional First Nations longhouse.
The 80-year-old Checkers Pavilion sits on top of Beacon Hill, and has fallen into disrepair over the years.
Last year city council voted to remove the building for safety reasons and they are now accepting proposals from companies interested in doing the work.
Victoria councillor Marianne Alto says the city is working with local First Nations to have a longhouse built on the site.
“The idea is to create something about the same size as the existing building for which they’d use a bit of ceremonial place.
But also a space for teaching the next generation of carvers how to do that craft, that would be a publicly available space in a sense of being able to watch.”
The goal is to have the longhouse in place in time for Canada’s 150th birthday next year.