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Inner Harbour (Victoria, B.C.)
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[Royal visit scenes II]

Footage. "The second of five reels of Royal Visit shot by the B.C. Forest Service. Scenes include: A shed with Union Jacks strung along clothesline. Parliament Buildings decorated. Decorated hedges and fence. Welcome sign on the old Victoria Post office. Belmont Building decorated, Victoria. Streetcars, bicycles, cars, all stores decorated -- excellent shots of busy Victoria streets just prior to arrival of King and Queen. Ships decorated in Inner Harbour, Victoria. [Long shot of] Government House. [Medium shot of] Union Jack rippling in the wind. Royal motorcade descends Government Street then passes by Empress Hotel. Decorated ships in Victoria's Inner Harbour. [Long shot of] Belmont Building and Government Street, Victoria, with crowds, from the Parliament Buildings. Pan up Parliament Buildings from front steps. Crowds and cedar arches in Beacon Hill Park. Naval band. Children dancing in Beacon Hill Park. King and Queen arriving at Beacon Hill Park, driving through cedar arches. Rolling up the red carpet on the reviewing stand, after the King and Queen have left, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria." (Colin Browne)

Vancouver Island : British Columbia's island playground

Travelogue. Mainly recreational attractions of the island. Highlights Victoria and area, including view from steamship entering Inner harbour; streets and shops; Beacon Hill Park (cricket and lawn bowling); golf, riding and tennis facilities; harness racing; Thunderbird Park; Saanich peninsula farmlands; swimming at Thetis Lake. Also Island Highway and other areas, including Malahat Drive; making of Cowichan sweaters at Koksilah trading post; resort scenes at Parksville and elsewhere; Forbidden Plateau; coastal and river fishing; autumn hunting for game birds; brief logging scene. Also of interest: Friendly Cove village at Nootka Sound, and BC Provincial Police Highway Patrol.

Twenty great years in British Columbia : [compilation footage]

Stock shots. Original footage and outs compiled from various Parry Films for use in TWENTY GREAT YEARS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (1972). Includes BC Electric buses in North & West Vancouver, ca.1949; section from GIANT MASCOT showing mine fire and aftermath; general views of Vancouver and Victoria (1960s); BC and CN ferries; the commissioning of the ferry "Queen of Prince Rupert" by W.A.C. Bennett and other dignitaries (Victoria Inner Harbour & Swartz Bay, April 1966); sport fishing; skiing; costumed dancers in pageant; agricultural exhibition; installation of picnic tables (Okanagan Lake Provincial Park?); airliner in flight & aerial views; Greyhound bus on highway; tracking shot up Douglas Street, Victoria, 1960s; freight train in Fraser Canyon; Premier Bennett and Hydro officials open powerhouse (Duncan dam, 1967?) and Portage Mountain dam, 1967; ratification of Columbia River Treaty at Peace Arch Park, 1964; Simon Fraser University scenes; family in car on highway. There are also some scenes shot specifically for TWENTY GREAT YEARS.

[Cruise with Hicks ; "Canberra" maiden voyage]

Amateur film. Barbecue. Car ferry crossing. Victoria harbour. Family yacht scenes. Boating around the Gulf Islands. Crabbing. Passing ferry. Harbour scenes (San Francisco? Vancouver?). Scenes aboard the liner "Canberra". Boats at sea. Harbour scenes, Long Beach, California; welcoming ceremony at dockside.

[Snohomish west coast to Port Alice]

Footage. A trip from Victoria to Port Alice aboard the Island Tug & Barge tugboat "Snohomish". Includes: Island Tug vessels in Victoria Harbour; views of and from the "Snohomish" going up the coast with barge in tow; Port Alice; waves, passing coastline and other vessels; views of Island Tug vessel "Riversdale" on ways in Victoria, Island Tug personnel, and tug entering the harbour.

[Inner Harbour : hawkers, etc.]

Television stock shots. The first section shows street vendors with their carts (as well as musicians and tourists) on the Inner Harbour causeway. The second part (dated 10-Jul-1978) shows the demolition of the old Black Ball Ferry terminal on the Inner Harbour.

[CHEK-TV news film -- September-December 1980 and January-February 1981 -- fires and police]

Stock shots. 1. Line of people holding hands in downtown Victoria. 2. Crowds and speeches in front of the Legislature. 3. United Way poster. 4. Inner Harbour. 5. Damage to Il Buco restaurant. 6. Stills of early steamship "Iroquois". 7. Divers [maybe looking for the "Iroquois"?]. 8. Floods. 9. Fire on the waterfront. 10. Fire at the Imperial Kitchen Centre. 11. Night fire. 12. Royal Bank. 13. Fire at Buffie's. 14. Fire damage at the Surfside Cabaret. 15. Brush fire. 16. Night fire in harbour. 17. RCMP detachment. Evidence of drugs. Bales of marijuana being incinerated. 18. Naval ship transporting marijuana bales. 19. SWAT team in action. 20. Helicopter activity - [looking for marijuana plantations?]. 21. Bales of marijuana being burnt. 22. Town and Country Inn. Cedar Hill Cross Road and Mackenzie. [Scene of an accident?]

[Jetfoils on Puget Sound]

Out-takes?. Footage of various Boeing jetfoil ferries in harbour and at sea, including Seattle harbour. Final sequence [dated 19-Sep-1976] shows jetfoil "Flying Princess II" entering Victoria's Inner Harbour.


The item is a negative film reel of out-takes from ca. 1954. It shows various scenes around Victoria, including: Thunderbird Park with cedar log [being prepped for carving?]; Inner Harbour with ships; view from ship entering Inner Harbour; war canoe race on the Gorge [?]; country road; recreational activities.

Aerial view of B.C. Parliament Buildings and Inner Harbour

Item consists of one aerial photograph of the B.C. Parliament Buildings with front lawn and gardens, people walking, cars, and the Welcome to Victoria flower bed. "B.C. Government Air Photograph. All rights reserved. Date of exposure May 11, 1959. Obtain rights & tech data from Air Division, Dept. of Lands & Forests, Victoria, B.C." is stamped on the verso. "9:18 am P.S.T" and "scale 1" = 31 ft." are written on the verso.

[Royal visit scenes I]

Footage. "There exist five reels of different lengths containing miscellaneous and often duplicated shots of the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Vancouver and Victoria in May of 1939, photographed by the B.C. Forest Service. This reel contains: King and Queen passing in open car. Fleet of small sports cars driving by. A huge paper crown. Billboard of the King and Queen reading WELCOME. Garden at the Empress Hotel, Victoria. Tumultuous parade down Government Street, Victoria. Masts of CPR ferry "Princess Marguerite" flying pennants, entering harbour, Victoria. Soldiers marching up to Parliament Buildings, Victoria. King arrives and inspects troops. King begins to ascend red carpet onto steps of Parliament Buildings. Beacon Hill Park, decorated evergreen archways, crowds in stands, Naval [close-up] of Queen and King arriving at Beacon Hill Park. Naval band marching past. King and Queen arrive at reviewing stand." (Colin Browne)

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