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Inner Harbour (Victoria, B.C.)
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[Ron Bennett miscellaneous footage]

Amateur film footage:
004.01: Sailboats; powerboats; ferries; urban street ca. 1950s; stage show (Canada's Centennial?).
004.02: Totem pole; view from car on Patricia Bay Highway.
004.03: Horseback riding; Flying U Ranch; LLH Guest Ranch; Victoria's Inner Harbour; Totem Park with people.
004.04: Inner Harbour; pre-Swiftsure crowds; ducks; bird bathing; penny farthing bicycle race; sailboats; pond with water lily and fish.

Island life and places

Amateur film. Scenes of Vancouver Island, including the Victoria Inner Harbour, local tourist attractions, ocean shots, Chinatown, sailboats and nature shots.

City of sunshine

The item is a travelogue film. 'Sunshine and flowers - thus it is that one thinks of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Its enterprising business district is only overshadowed by its beautiful gardens. Such places of interest as Beacon Hill Park, the Mayor's Garden, the Dominion observatory (which houses the second largest telescope in the world) and the Butchart Gardens, are famed across the continent.' Scenes include a map of Victoria and Vancouver with a line shoring the ferry route, and an aerial view of Victoria, Inner Harbour and CPR ferry entering. Parliament Buildings. Empress Gardens and Hotel. Pan of cars driving along Causeway toward Belmont Building. Two shots of busy street corner (Yates & Douglas?). Beautiful homes and gardens along Rockland Avenue (?). Mayor Pendray's topiary gardens with visitors. Exterior shots of Dominion Observatory. At Butchart Gardens: Italian Garden, child with clay rabbit and Sunken Gardens. Very picturesque shot of the Parliament dome through the veranda portal of the Empress Hotel. (Colin Browne).

Canada's evergreen playground

the item is a travelogue film. "An animated curtain rises to reveal waves washing in on a sandy beach. [Long shot of] Hatley Park castle from pond at bottom the garden, a rowboat passing by. "Princess Kathleen", CPR ferry, arrives in Victoria's Inner Harbour with visitors crowding the decks. [Close-up of] passengers along the rails as ship passes. Empress Hotel over the after deck of the "Kathleen". Passengers leave the ship, down gangways into a shed. Car driving along ramp out of a ferry named the "Olympic", under a sign reading: "Come again, Au revoir. For information apply Victoria Publicity Bureau." Several other cars disembark. Good aerial view of Inner Harbour, Customs House, CPR ferries and etc. from top of Parliament Buildings; pans across to Empress Hotel. Sign on a building reads: "New England Cafe -? ? ? - Ask anybody". Also good [long shot of] old Post Office, Belmont Building, streetcar passing on Causeway. A man and a girl examine a rose bush in the Empress garden. Ladies in Mayor Pendray's topiary garden look at a sitting bear, a fat bird, a bird's roost, etc. CPR ferry in [background]. Old codgers lawn bowling. Oak Bay golf course with golfers and CPR ferry sailing by in [background]. Swimming and diving in the Crystal Gardens. "Empress of Japan" in Esquimalt dry dock. Shot down Moss Street (?) with Olympic Mountains in distance. Mount Baker in far distance from Malahat overlooking Pat Bay. Car driving over Malahat Drive -- several shots including one down Finlayson Arm. A car travelling through the forest over a dirt road; a man & woman walk through ferns beneath the trees. Two couples hold hands around the base of a large tree. Car continues through forest. A speedboat, perhaps on Cowichan Lake. A gracious tea being served outdoors by a maid dressed in black, somewhere on the Oak Bay Golf Course, with the ocean & Olympic mountains in [background]. Curtain comes down over beach scene from beginning of film." (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.

[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.

Saga of the Sudburys

Industrial film. Deep water towing and rescue work by the tugs "Sudbury" and "Sudbury II". "Sudbury" (acquired 1954) tows four tankers from South America in tandem with "Island Sovereign" (longest single line tow in marine history); rescues the freighter "Makedonia"; tows the barge "Straits Maru" (the hull of the Cunard liner "Parthia") to Japan; rescues the Liberty ship "Thunderbird", the "Rowenmore", and the freighters "Lomaland" and "Andros Legend" in the open Pacific. "Sudbury II" (acquired 1958) sails from Australia and is refitted at the company's Victoria headquarters; leaves Victoria for first tow (two Liberty ships) and subsequent service, including rescue of old aircraft carrier "Guadalcanal". Includes scenes of Island Tug and Barge repair shop in Victoria.

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.

[Island Tug and Barge] : [footage and out-takes]

Footage. Island Tug & Barge vessels and operations on the BC coast and the open Pacific. The first roll, which relates specifically to the operation of the tugs "Sudbury" and "Sudbury II", comprises outs from the film SAGA OF THE SUDBURYS (shot by tug skipper W.H. Blagborne and produced by Parry Films for IT&B). The second roll (which does not relate to the SUDBURY film) shows a barge removing the span of the old Point Ellice Bridge in Victoria; the opening of the new bridge in 1957; a tug towing a scow to Nitinat Bar; the tug "Lloyd B. Gore" towing the old sternwheeler "Delta King" to San Francisco; the "Island Sovereign" towing a dredge platform at sea; vessels at dock in Victoria.

[Ocean Falls holiday, 1952]

Amateur film. Trip up the BC coast from Vancouver to Ocean Falls on the "Princess Norah". Shots of Ocean Falls, boating, crab fishing. Lion's Gate Bridge. Trip on the "Princess of Nanaimo." Elk Falls.

[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.

[Christmas tree ; trip to Victoria ; local scenes]

Amateur film. Winter leisure activities around Kamloops. Chopping of Christmas tree. Visit to Victoria: Crystal Pool swimming, Inner Harbour and Johnson Street bridge, Empress Hotel. Armistice Day ceremony (in Kamloops?). More winter leisure activities around Kamloops.

[Downtown nip retails]

News item. High-angle shots of Victoria's Inner Harbour causeway, double-decker buses and Government Street.

[Princess Marguerite]

News item. The NDP government bought the steamship "Princess Marguerite" for $275,000. Current decision to keep the ship was made by Jack Davis, B.C. Minister of Transport. Shots of the "Marguerite" in the Inner Harbour.

[Bennett ferry roll back]

News item. Premier Bennett is interviewed on the Inner Harbour causeway. He says that the Transport and Communications Minister is continually reviewing ferry rate structures. Rates will not go down, even in the tourist season. One of BC's main problems, he says, is the high cost of services, even in the forest industry where "we have lost our competitive edge." The Washington State Ferries, according to Mr. Bennett, do not have BC's high labour costs.

[Tourist brite]

News item. Footage of tourists on the Inner Harbour causeway on the Tally-Ho and on double-decker buses.

[Hartley harbour]

News item. Comprehensive views of the Inner Harbour on a clear day.

[CHEK-TV news film -- various, #1]

Stock shots. 1. Lunar eclipse. 2. Train -- seen from the engine. 3. Hostel -- biking and back-packing. 4. Weather station. 5. Pipe organ repairs. 6. Harbour scene and architectural plans for development. [Brentwood Bay?] 7. Log booms. 8. Vehicle inspection station. 9. Beautiful British Columbia Magazine -- building, crates, foreign language issues. 10. Tall ship with four-masts. 11. Mushroom picking. 12. Rock carving -- petroglyphs. 13. "Resolution 13" to Premier W.R. Bennett. 14. Moving a piano. 15. Blessing the fleet [?]. Mass performed at the Inner Harbour. 16. Ticketing cars downtown -- upset meter man. 17. Fox Theatre -- Quadra Theatre [later the Roxy]. 18. Submarine. 19. Good Shepherd animal shelter -- animals. 20. Police and photographer in jewelry store. 21. Scenic cottage. 22. Shipyard -- dry-dock; "Adriatik"; " Pierre Radisson". 23. Submarine interiors -- H.M.S. "Conqueror". 24. Newspaper office -- "The Victorian." 25. People in historical costume -- "Princess Marguerite" [maybe inaugural run?] -- Queen Victoria, Captain Cook, etc. "Princess Marguerite" at sea. 26. Unidentified politician; Clive Jackson. 27. Letter re: "Princess Marguerite". 28. Unidentified politician. 29. Premier Bill Bennett with petition (or some other rolled-up paper).

[CHEK-TV news film -- areas of B.C. stock shots]

Stock shots. 1. Air West float plane with damage (a hole). 2. Totem carving. 3. Loading totem pole onto plane. 4. Premier Bill Bennett. 5. Hugh Curtis at sod-turning ceremony. 6. Creek, farm, etc. 7. CNR tanker cars and caboose. 8. Art class. 9. Tank farms on Victoria harbour. 10. B&W stills -- historical photos of the harbour. 11. Duke Point Industrial Park. 12. Construction. 13. Public meeting. 14. B&W aerial photos of Duke Point. 15. Mount Douglas Cross Road and surrounding streets. 16. Development model. 17. Ucluelet harbour. 18. Long Beach. 19. Campbell River. 20. Fish boats. 21. Port Alberni. 22. Construction. 23. Gold River.

[CHEK-TV news film -- harbour, bridge, convention centre

Stock shots. 1. Boeing jetfoil -- unidentified interview, jetfoil at dock. Other interviews. 2. "Princess Marguerite" being towed. 3. Johnson Street bridge. 4. New information centre -- construction. 5. Old factories and warehouses. 6. Inner Harbour. 7. Demolition crew. View from top of bridge. 8. Interview with Sam Bawlf [?]. 9. Bridge repairs. 10. Public speakers at meeting [City Council?]. 11. Architectural plans for Wharf Street. 12. Premier W.R. Bennett. Hugh Curtis. 13. Exterior shots -- Opposition MLA [?] and Hugh Curtis. 14. Models of Inner Harbour, Wharf Street. 15. Jimmy Pattison.

[CHEK-TV news film -- union strikes and picket lines]

Stock shots. 1. 20th Anniversary of BC Ferries. 2. Liquor Store temporarily closed. 3. Ferries. 4. Speech - remember the pension rule. ( Indoors.) 5. Outside the Legislature. Big crowd. 6. Pickets in front of the Empress re: BC Tel dispute. 7. Bank of BC protesters (BC Tel pickets). 8. BC Tel pickets at ferry terminal. 9. Picket parade in parliamentary precinct. 10. CUPW pickets - Legislature lawn. 11. Postal pickets at processing plant. Posties with signs. 12. Picket in front of Labatt's - brewery workers. 13. Street full of protesters. 14. Teamsters on strike - Local 213 at Air West. 15. United Fisherman & Allied Workers Union strikers. 16. Labour rally - inside auditorium. 17. Demonstrators in front of Legislature. Premier Bill Bennett on steps. 18. Public Service Alliance - pickets. 19. 2-4-D protest. 20. BCGEU pickets. 21. Retail clerks on strike against Woodward's. 22. BCTV strikers (NABET). 23. Construction workers protesting. 24. Large parade of protesters - Inner Harbour. 25. Yarrows Ltd. - flying pickets re: BC Tel hot equipment. 26. Pickets in front of the Empress.

[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?]

[CHEK-TV news film -- July-December 1978 and January-April 1979]

Stock shots. 1. Fire on the dock. Shots of burnt shipyard. 2. Police & victim at Tolmie Apartments; gunshot? 3. Bank of Montreal vandalism. 4. Air Canada balloon in front of the Empress Hotel. 5. The tall ship "Eagle" enters the Inner Harbour. 6. Projectionist at the Odeon Theatre. 7. Visit by Prince Philip. 8. Police in action - dusting for fingerprints. 9. Fire at an older building, near the Salvation Army building. 10. Cedar Hill Community Centre - police investigating in the fields. 11. Brentwood College School - fire damage. 12. Inflatable roof. 13. Miniature submarine "Pisces IV" being sent to Ottawa. 14. Experimental aircraft. 15. Fire damage at a school. 16. Night shots of fire at Gorge Vale Apartments; daytime survey of damage. 17. Sooke Lake reservoir. 18. Unidentified state visit - military parade. 19. Airport arrival. 20. Fire at sea. Rescue operations. The freighter "G.B. Church". 21. Caterpillar munching away - aerial shots of forest. 22. Prince Charles welcomed by Premier Bill Bennett. Colour Guard. 23. Prince Charles giving speech and departing. 24. Sidney Fire Department pumper.

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