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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.


Installation 2024

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The 2024 Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 Open Installation was a historic event, with Freemasons, family, friends & guests all enjoying the magnificent Fisgard Street Freemasons Hall and the pageantry of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon, the Grand Lodge of Washington, and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington and Jurisdiction.

After a superbly conducted Installation event, everyone enjoyed a fabulous banquet at the Hotel Grand Pacific on Victoria's waterfront. This year's banquet was completely sold out and tickets for next-year's gala event will go on-sale in November!

Master's Greeting


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 May 2nd, 2024. Regular Meeting. District-1 DDGM George Andrew will be making his final Official Visit to a Lodge at Victoria-Columbia this evening.

Pre-Lodge Social 5:30PM, $15 at-the-door supper at 6:00PM, Lodge tyles at 7:30PM. Supper this evening is a Mexican Fiesta! $15 at the door.

You need to RSVP to the Junior Warden so that he can ensure a feast for all: 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