Founded in 1892 The Powerhouse was Victoria’s base for power.

Before and After

The National Electric Tramway and Light Company Powerhouse is valued as a representation of Victoria’s industrial heritage. Constructed in 1892 as a steam generating plant, this building was the source of power for newly electrified street lights and the city’s early public transportation tram system; it facilitated the modernization of the city as it grew in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Victoria’s premier event space.

  • Historic Location

  • 3000+ Square feet of space

  • 38 foot high ceilings

  • Located in downtown Victoria

  • 4 Washrooms

  • Located on a dead-end street

The Powerhouse is broken down into two different venues; The Highbay and Pinball Club. Venues can be combined into one rental through a connector hallway. Please see a breakdown of each venue below.

High Bay

The Highbay is our largest rental area at just over 3000 square feet. This historic room is where BC Hydro was founded. It boasts 45 foot high ceilings. 120V Power is located every 10 feet. The main area offers four washrooms, with private areas for dressing and temporary storage.

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Powerhouse Pinball

The Powerhouse Pinball Club is attached to the Highbay area through a set of doors but is a separate rental. This room offers over 30 vintage and new pinball machines which are included in the rental. The room can hold up to 55 people and is over 1200 square feet. This room can be rented as a package deal with the Highbay. Please contact us for more details.

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More Information / FAQs

The Powerhouse requires 5 million dollar liability insurance for all public events. 3 million dollar liability insurance is required for private events. Metropol Industries must be named in insurance and is required upon contracting.

Both venues have 120 V power every 10 feet. If 240V is required we will ask for an extra fee to allow our electrician to plug it in.
We request you to use street parking. In the event, you require private parking we can coordinate parking if it is on the weekend.

Yes, with a BC Special Event Permit.

Any group canceling within 60 days of the booking will be charged the full room rental. The booking deposit is non-refundable.

The Highbay is just over 3300 square feet. The Pinball Club is 1200 square feet.

Yes, for any events, we require an approved on-site manager. If you cannot provide a manager, we can provide you with one for an additional cost.