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Tourism and promotional films and videos Okanagan Region (B.C.)
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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)

If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1976. An airline passenger waiting for his flight is introduced to the scenic and recreational attractions of B.C. by a talking issue of Beautiful B.C. magazine. Includes footage of Victoria (streets, Swiftsure yacht race), Butchart Gardens, boating, Friendly Cove, Della Falls, Gold River, camping scenes, Campbell River fishing derby, loggers' sports, Nanaimo bathtub race, Vancouver (skyline, streets, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, restaurants, theatres), Whistler Mountain skiing, Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Indian salmon fishing, Thompson-Nicola country, cattle ranching, rodeo, wildlife, fresh-water fishing, Okanagan Valley scenes, Kelowna Regatta.

If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it : French version

The item is a video master of a travelogue (French version) from 1976. An airline passenger waiting for his flight is introduced to the scenic and recreational attractions of B.C. by a talking issue of Beautiful B.C. magazine. Includes footage of Victoria (streets, Swiftsure yacht race), Butchart Gardens, boating, Friendly Cove, Della Falls, Gold River, camping scenes, Campbell River fishing derby, loggers' sports, Nanaimo bathtub race, Vancouver (skyline, streets, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, restaurants, theatres), Whistler Mountain skiing, Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Indian salmon fishing, Thompson-Nicola country, cattle ranching, rodeo, wildlife, fresh-water fishing, Okanagan Valley scenes, Kelowna Regatta.

Men, mountains and the challenge

The item is a composite print of a documentary film made ca. 1957. It shows highway construction in BC. Includes planning and surveys; opening of contractors' bids by Highways Minister Gaglardi; clearing of route by heavy equipment; culvert assembly; drilling and blasting rock; road bed preparation; paving. Traffic control and overpass construction are also discussed. Sections of Highways 1 and 1A are shown, and Premier W.A.C. Bennett presides at an official opening.

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

Mirrors to the sun : short version

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film made in 1973-1974. It uses unusual optical techniques (mainly mirror-image and "kaleidoscopic" effects) to present the scenic splendours of B.C. Includes footage of abandoned Nickel Plate mine, Fraser Canyon, whitewater rafting, Nicola Valley, cattle ranching & roundup, rodeo, Kalamalka Lake, Kelowna Regatta, Penticton Peach Festival, autumn scenes, snowmobiling and skiing.

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).

BC Government Travel Bureau : miscellaneous out-takes, reel 05

The item is a reel of film out-takes, from 1941 to 1961. Out-footage from various BC Government Travel Bureau films, including "Vancouver Island" (the 1941-1942 version); Okanagan footage from "A Date with British Columbia" (1957-1958) and "Kootenay Lake Holiday" (1960-1961). The reel includes footage of: the Kelowna Regatta (including Lady of the Lake ceremony); camping and boating on Okanagan Lake; picnic site; Kootenay Lake boating; interior and exterior shots of the beached sternwheeler "Moyie"; Manning Park Nature House; Victoria street scenes etc.

Peachtime in the valley : Penticton, British Columbia

The item is a film print of a travelogue made in 1951. It depicts the Hope-Princeton Highway and the Penticton Peach Festival and Rodeo. Footage includes: Manning Park and highway scenes en route to Penticton; Peach Festival parade (including girls' pipe band); crowning of Queen Val Vedette; festival midway; harness racing. Rodeo events include pattern riding, bronco riding, calf roping, bulldogging steers and bull riding. Also lake shore and orchard scenes. BC highway construction is promoted in the commentary.

Mirrors to the sun : long version

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film made in 1073-1974. It uses unusual optical techniques (mainly mirror-image and "kaleidoscopic" effects) to present the scenic splendours of B.C. Includes footage of abandoned Nickel Plate mine, Fraser Canyon, whitewater rafting, Nicola Valley, cattle ranching & roundup, rodeo, Kalamalka Lake, Kelowna Regatta, Penticton Peach Festival, autumn scenes, snowmobiling and skiing.

The Okanagan Valley : British Columbia's orchard playground

The item is a film print of a travelogue from the 1940s. It shows the scenery and recreational features of the Okanagan Valley, travelling south from Kamloops to the Canada/USA border. Includes: Interior Exhibition at Armstrong; seed growing; cherry growing; sequence on water sports and Kelowna Regatta (including Lady of the Lake pageant); sequence on apple orchards and packing plant; Okanagan Falls cattle auction and Osoyoos area vegetable crops.