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Tourism and promotional films and videos
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Prophecy of the Peace : [long version]

The item is a composite print of an industrial film from ca. 1964. It shows the continuing construction of Portage Mountain dam on the Peace River. Includes: re-enactments of the region's history (Indigenous people, Alexander Mackenzie's journeys, fur trade & homesteading); local farming; dam construction; the 5-mile conveyor built to carry earth fill to build the dam; activity in and around Prince George; the Endako Mine; etc.

Reach out a friendly hand

The item is a promotional video from 1979. It give an outline of the tourism industry: importance of attractions, transportation, earnings and multiplier effect, "plant", competition. Discussion of tourist expectations -- answer, "hospitality".

Ripple Rock

The item consists of a film print of unedited footage showing the Ripple Rock blast in Seymour Narrows, 5 April 1958. Includes shots of spectators, newsmen arriving, observation bunkers, etc.

Road of the caribou

The item is a release print of a promotional film from 1964. It depicts the history of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, and a look at the area through which it passes. Shows inaugural run from North Vancouver to Fort St. John, Oct. 1958, (with Premier W.A.C. Bennett aboard) and driving of the Golden Spike at Fort St. John, Oct. 5 1958. Also includes footage of the Williams Lake Stampede, Peace River grain fields, oil/gas drilling and refining; also the operations of the PGE (North Vancouver rail yards, winter operations).

Rogers Pass

The item is a composite print of a promotional film made from 1959 to around 1963. It outlines the history of Rogers Pass and the construction of the section of the Trans-Canada Highway that runs through it. Includes a re-enactment of the pass's discovery in 1881 by Major A.B. Rogers.

Royal Hudson

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from around 1977. It depicts the popular excursion run made by Royal Hudson steam locomotive 2860 between North Vancouver and Squamish on Howe Sound. Includes colour footage from the May 1939 Royal Visit.

Salmon Arm

The item is a film print of unedited footage from 1957. Salmon Arm area scenery. Large crowd of local people, dignitaries, Brownies, etc., gathered on a road for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterwards, they enjoy a big outdoor buffet. Farm scenes; stacking hay. Cattle show or auction; carnival rides in background. Parade of bulls. Kids buy ticket, board a ferris wheel; view of event from camera aboard the moving ferris wheel. Sheep. View of lake (Shuswap, presumably). Power boats. Water skiing. Volleyball game on beach.

Ski B.C.

The item is a composite print of a recreational film from 1957. It shows skiing facilities at Grouse Mountain, Mt. Whistler, near Rossland (including shots of Nancy Green), and near Revelstoke, as well helicopter skiing.

Ski super, natural

The item is a composite print of a recreational film from 1978-1979. It highlights ski resorts and skiing conditions throughout BC. Includes animated sequences about development of skiing. Most of the ski footage was shot in the Rockies, but there are also brief shots of Mount Whistler and an Okanagan ski slope.

British Columbia. Special Services Branch

Ski super, natural : German version

The item is a composite print of a recreational film from 1979. It shows the promotion at ski areas in BC with animated sequences about development of skiing. Most ski footage from Rockies, but brief shots of Mt. Whistler and an Okanagan ski slope.

British Columbia. Special Services Branch

Ski west

The item is a composite print of a recreational film from 1966. It shows skiing in Vancouver and Kamloops areas. Promotes ski slopes and facilities at Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Tod Mountain (near Kamloops). The final sequence shows Jim McConkey, his wife and two local skiers skiing over slopes.

Tell the world

The item is a composite print of a promotional film, ca. 1982, probably about tourism in BC due to Expo '86.
It is a presentation incorporating both motion picture and slide/tape material.

Temptation

The item is a composite print of an industrial film from 1958 depicting fruit-growing in the Okanagan Valley. There are scenes of apple orchard preparation, irrigation, pruning, spraying, blossom-time and picking are followed by scenes showing packing-house operations and the production of apple juice at Sun-Rype Products Ltd. There is a lengthy sequence on the annual Kelowna Regatta: diving and swimming events at the Aquatic Pool, speedboat races, water skiing and the Regatta parade. There are also brief scenes at the dispatching office of BC Tree Fruits and at the Agricultural Experimental Farm in Summerland (bud grafting experiments).

The big country : the interior of British Columbia, Canada

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film from 1973. Explorations of the vast British Columbia heartland, from the United States border to the valley of the Upper Skeena. Costumed Indian dances, rodeos, legends of the gold rush, idyllic summer in the lakelands of the Okanagan and Kootenay - all this makes for enticing viewing. (Catalogue description)

The Fraser Canyon

The item is a composite print of a documentary film made 1957 to 1959. It tells the history of the Fraser Canyon, from Simon Fraser through to the surveying of the Cariboo Road during the Cariboo gold rush, and the construction of the modern-day highway through the canyon. Includes re-enactments of historical scenes (explorers, prospectors, Royal Engineers building road, etc.) and early film footage of the highway, ca.1920s.

The Fraser Valley, British Columbia

The item is an answer print of a travelogue film from 1947-1948. It shows the Fraser Valley from White Rock to Hope, via Vancouver and the Trans-Canada Highway. The film includes footage of: King George VI Highway; White Rock; Peace Arch Park; Canada customs inspection; dairy, poultry and vegetable farming; brickmaking; Stave falls power plant; the Fraser Valley Union Library; Chilliwack Cherry Carnival Parade; Chilliwack Air Show; fishing on Vedder River; Harrison Lake resort; etc. Also shows use of an Avro Anson (registration CF-EKM) to transport live baby chicks by air, and use of a Republic Seabee seaplane to fly in to Chilliwack Lake for an afternoon's fishing.

The good life

The item is a release print of a promotional film from 1968. It shows the economic and other benefits enjoyed by BC residents as a result of political leadership and industrial development in the province. Includes sequences on primary and secondary industries; the damming of the Columbia and Peace Rivers for hydro-electric power and flood control; expansion of highways; BC Ferries; tourism; assistance to homeowners; medical services; educational facilities; etc. Premier W.A.C. Bennett makes some brief prepared remarks at the film's beginning and end.

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