When civilization arrived, the hospitality industry burgeoned. Delta Hotel bought the land and built the present building in the 1970s.
Recognizing a gem, the late Paul Arsens (of Paul's Motor Inn and Paul's Restaurant) purchased the building in 1980 and called it the Laurel Point Inn (now called the Inn at Laurel Point).
In 1989, Arsens commissioned renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson to design a second wing for the hotel - hence the name, Erickson Wing.
The result was a series of graded silver-blue balconies attached to spacious rooms overlooking the harbour, with a cross between modern and classic interior design.
Giving history a fine future.
Fast forward to 2007. After nearly twenty years, the Erickson Wing was ready for a facelift. A floor to ceiling renovation has created a classic and warm style. Light maple furniture, artistic accents and chocolate-brown leather chairs are splashed with rustic and earthy textiles. The décor complements the ceiling-high windows, generous balconies and marble washrooms.
2008 has seen the completion of turning the lobby-level lounge into a destination restaurant. Aura is a 66-seat waterfront dining venue with a lounge bar and adjacent 58-seat patio overlooking the picture-perfect Inner Harbour.
Today, the team continues to honour the legacy of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Arsens as the hotel continues to evolve into one of Victoria's most beautiful and welcoming hotels.