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Tourism and promotional films and videos Victoria (B.C.)
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Island Eden

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1971. It shows a visit to Vancouver Island, with footage of scenery, wildlife, Victoria (including Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, Fable Cottage?, Glass Castle?, antique & craft shops, Undersea Gardens & Sealand), Butchart Gardens, cave exploring, Long Beach, fishing, water sports, Swiftsure yacht race, Nanaimo bathtub race, logger's sports, rodeo, RCMP musical ride, autumn scenes and Forbidden Plateau skiing.

The new Island Highway

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film made 1958-1959. It compares the Vancouver Island highway of before World War I with the new highway completed in 1959. The film opens with archival b&w footage of Victoria and the Malahat Drive. Modern footage shows the planning, surveying and construction of the new highway, especially the Malahat section. Some of the attractions along the new highway are also shown, including shots of scenery, resorts, fishing and petroglyphs.

The land of the chief

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1973. It is about British Columbia, as seen through the eyes of Chief Dan George. Includes general footage of B.C. scenery, lakes and rivers, Barkerville, a rodeo, ranching, recreation, the Fraser Canyon, Vancouver and Victoria.

Highways to splendor

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film from ca. 1970. It depicts a scenic trip on the "Queen of Prince Rupert" from Kelsey Bay to Prince Rupert introducing such destinations as Vancouver, Victoria and the Cariboo. Includes shots of Active Pass, Barkerville, Campbell River and the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. The Inside Passage and the province's highways are seen as parallel north-south "highways."

Highway one

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film from 1974. It depicts the scenic and recreational attractions along the Trans-Canada Highway #1 from Calgary and Banff to Victoria. It updates East 1, West 1.

Island Eden : French version

The item is a composite print of a travelogue (French version) from 1971. It shows a visit to Vancouver Island, with footage of scenery, wildlife, Victoria (including Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, Fable Cottage?, Glass Castle?, antique & craft shops, Undersea Gardens & Sealand), Butchart Gardens, cave exploring, Long Beach, fishing, water sports, Swiftsure yacht race, Nanaimo bathtub race, logger's sports, rodeo, RCMP musical ride, autumn scenes and Forbidden Plateau skiing.

Victoria

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.

Vancouver Island : British Columbia's island playground : out-takes from 1941-1942 version

The item is a film reel of out-takes from ca. 1941. It includes footage of: Hatley Park gardens; Olde English Inn; passengers disembarking at Victoria; 1940 license plates; customs/immigration check; golf match with spectators; various shots of Victoria, including more gardens; Inner Harbour with ships; Oak Bay Golf Course.

The Queen's totem

The item consists of six reels of unedited documentary film elements. A special totem pole is created as a gift to Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of B.C.'s centennial. Shows the selection and cutting of the tree on the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), the carving operation at Thunderbird Park, and the presentation of the finished pole to Queen Elizabeth in London. The pole was designed and executed by Kwakiutl carver Mungo Martin.

Princess in wonderland : out-takes, reel no. 4

The item is a film reel of out-takes from 1958. It contains footage of the royal visit by HRH Princess Margaret and centennial celebrations in BC. Footage includes: Victoria airport arrival and salute; drive into Victoria; arrival at Empress Hotel; drive from Victoria to Nanaimo up Malahat, stop at lookout; speech on steps of Parliament Buildings, Victoria; naval review, helicopter shots, crowds on shore; aerial views of Victoria from helicopter; granting of degree at UBC convocation; dome car on train; near Pattullo Bridge, New Westminster [?]; aerial view of Penticton [?]; church service at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria; aerial shots (clouds); ceremony at Fort Langley; Williams Lake stampede; arrival at Fort St. John [?] and panning for gold.

Princess in wonderland : out-takes, reel no. 3

The item is a reel of film out-takes from 1958. It contains footage of the royal visit by HRH Princess Margaret and centennial celebrations in BC. Footage includes: preparations for bridge opening ceremonies, Bernard Avenue, Kelowna; plane in air; armed services review in front of Empress Hotel; parade; arrival from Parliament Buildings for review; travelling [shots of?] Savona and Shuswap Lake; Army camp, Chilliwack; Nanaimo city hall & cake ceremony; Penticton; equestrian square dance at Williams Lake stampede; departure for Nanaimo from front of Empress Hotel; arrival at Williams Lake; armed services parade in front of Empress Hotel; crowds arriving and bridge opening ceremonies, Kelowna; float plane leaving Kelowna; Penticton [?]; aerial views; Victoria armed services parade fly past; helicopter on Parliament Buildings lawn; aerial views of naval review; ministers leaving Parliament Buildings; Fort Langley [poor focus]; HRH receives honorary degree at UBC Convocation; Veterans hospital; presentation inside Parliament Buildings.

Princess in wonderland : out-takes, reel no. 1

The item consists of a film reel of out-takes from 1958. It shows the royal visit by HRH Princess Margaret and centennial celebrations in BC. Footage includes: Naval review; New Westminster City Hall; Williams Lake Stampede (from grandstand); last cruise of the ferry "David Lloyd-Jones"; long shot of Okanagan Lake Bridge; Nanaimo cake; first arrival at Empress Hotel; Fleet review; Langley; Williams Lake Stampede (from fence); UBC convocation procession; UBC Memorial Gymnasium; Prince George; Quesnel; train parked; Chilliwack; HMCS "Crescent"; Naval review; New Westminster City Hall; Vancouver City Hall; Mayor Hume; church attendance in Kelowna; crowds at Vancouver City Hall and New Westminster City Hall; Pattullo Bridge, New Westminster; children's wing at Vancouver Preventorium; RCAF honour guard review at Comox airport; Comox hospital; arrival and convocation procession at UBC; HMCS "Crescent"; Veterans hospital, Vancouver; presentation of First Nations gift and dances.