Elliot Square, often called Helmcken House, is located immediately south of Thunderbird Park and east of the Royal British Columbia Museum. It contains the historical eighteen fifty-two home of the physician J.S. Helmcken and his family. The log house with its two additions shows three distinctive architecture styles. The home’s garden and lawn with rhododendrons is surrounded by a white picket fence. The Pioneer Convent, called St. Ann’s Schoolhouse, is a nineteen fifty-eight building that became part of the education institution for the citizens of the City of Victoria, B.C. Elliot Square has a few Garry oak trees and additional plants located along the fifty meters of pathways. There are also several benches and picnic tables in this square named for the fourth premier of British Columbia, Andrew Elliot. An unique outdoor art sculpture lies near the back of the square in picnic area shaded by shore pine trees. Thunderbird Park, Cridge Park, Beacon Hill Park, St Ann’s Academy Gardens, Parliaments Building Gardens, Empress Hotel Gardens and the Causeway along the Inner Harbour of Victoria area near Elliot Square. The David Foster Way passes close to Elliot Square too.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 12” W123° 21′ 59″
Elliot Square can be reached from Blanchard Street. Stay on Blanchard as it curves to become Belleville Street. Take the first left onto Douglas Street and look for Elliot Square and Thunderbird Park on the right. There is limited roadside parking along Douglas Street and a small parking area accessible from Superior Street, one block south along Douglas Street in this downtown area of Victoria, B.C.
The Royal British Columbia Museum has further information on the buildings in Elliot Square.