In the mid-19th century, when gold was discovered in British Columbia, the population of the tiny town mushroomed. This led to Victoria being incorporated in 1862. Soon afterwards, prominent businessmen wanted a distinguished place to socialize. They founded the Union Club of British Columbia in 1879. It has been the premiere gathering place ever since. In 1913, the club moved into this Neo-Georgian building on Humboldt Street. Inside is an elegantly appointed ballroom, meeting rooms, inn and lounge. You do not need to be a member to enjoy the amenities and a great meal with excellent wine. Next door is the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. This is a fascinating place to learn about Victoria’s inseparable history with the sea.