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Land of the overlanders

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1964. It depicts a film journey retracing the 1862 route of the Overlanders from Jasper to Kamloops, showing the attractions along the way: wildflowers; wildlife; a snowmobile trip to Columbia Icefield; cattle ranching at Douglas Lake Ranch; Mt. Robson and Wells Gray Provincial Parks, and the three-day summer rodeo at Kamloops. Also scenes of trail riding, fishing, boating and swimming.

Legend of the west

The item consists of a composite print of a travelogue made 1965-1966. It contains scenic and recreational attractions of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, from Cache Creek and Lillooet to Barkerville. Footage includes: Pacific Great Eastern trains in the Lillooet-Fraser River area; Lillooet First Nations dip-net fishing and drying salmon along the Fraser; the "Maggie Mine" and The Chasm, natural geological formations; sequence showing a dude ranch (the Flying U Guest Ranch?) with guests on a trail ride; trout fishing at Tatla, Nimpo and Puntzi Lakes in the Chilcotin; cowboys on a cattle round-up; Williams Lake Stampede parade and rodeo; flora and fauna (including wild flowers, waterfowl, beaver, moose, deer, mule deer, eagle); boating on Bowron Lakes; sequence about Barkerville (pre-restoration), showing old buildings and a service at St. Saviour's Church.

Commercial salmon trolling off the British Columbia coast

The item is a reversal print of a documentary made between 1941 and 1946. It depicts the coho and spring salmon trolling industry of Vancouver Island's west coast. Includes footage of boats, types of tackle, catching and cleaning fish, buying stations, delivery to the wharf, etc. The packer "Co-Operator II" is shown.

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.

Indian days

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from ca. 1961. The film shows the celebration of Indian Days at Kamloops. Includes the opening parade (with various First Nations bands), dancing and rodeo events.

The Inside Passage

The item is a composite print of a travelogue, made in 1974. It shows a sailing vessel sailing the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the Mainland and north to Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska. The sailing vessel is the "Nathaniel Bowditch".

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.

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.

Counterattack

The item is a video master of a promotional video, from around 1986. It outlines British Columbia's efforts to eliminate drinking drivers, including a list of the various penalties imposed on those convicted.

Vancouver Island : French version

The item is two film reels of a travelogue from 1964 . It depicts the attractions of Vancouver Island, including: the Swiftsure yacht race; trail-riding and hiking in the central part of the island; the south-western coast; All-Sooke Day (logger's sports, etc.) and a trip to Nootka Sound aboard the "Uchuck III".

A fish for all seasons : German version

The item is a composite print of a recreational film from 1983 (German verion). It depicts sport fishing in British Columbia, highlighting the various types of game fish, favoured areas, and fishing tips and lore. Discusses steelhead, Pacific salmon, Chinook, Tyee, Coho, Kokanee. Locations include Campbell River, Kamloops, Stellako River, etc.

Heli-skiing

The item is a composite print of a recreational film made probably in the 1970s. It shows helicopter skiing in eastern BC, featuring: Jim Spelling, Corkey Fowler, Steve Mahre, Jan Davis, Hans Gmoser, Dick Meirowitz, Charlie McWilliams, Paul MacCaskill, Phil Mahre, B.B. Miller, Betsy Barrymore, Colani Bezzola. Canadian Mountain Holidays (Banff)

Premier Bennett campaign -- forestry tour

The item consists of two reels of original film footage from 1969. It shows Premier W.A.C. Bennett at the opening of the Cowichan Valley Forest Museum in Duncan, 17 May 1969; at Prince Rupert [ferry terminal?], 19 May; visiting the Terrace & District Hospital, Terrace Municipal Hall, and B.C. Vocational School, 21 May; and laying the cornerstone for the new Bulkley Valley Forest Industries Ltd. lumber mill at Houston, 22 May. R.G. Williston, H.R. MacMillan & Waldo Skillings also appear.

Princess in wonderland

The item consists of four reels of unedited film elements that make up a documentary from 1958. It shows Princess Margaret's 1958 royal visit to mark BC's Centennial. Includes: numerous official welcomes and ceremonies; Royal Review of ships of the RCN, USN and Royal Navy; visit to natural gas development at Fort St. John; rodeo at Williams Lake; opening of Okanagan Lake Bridge & Fort Langley restoration; UBC convocation (and bestowal of honorary degree on Princess Margaret); aerial and travelling shots from planes and trains. Premier W.A.C. Bennett and Lieutenant-Governor Frank Ross appear throughout.

On the move

The item is an educational video from ca. 1981. It outlines BC's tourism industry hospitality program. The video reference copy also contains a short interview with Tourism Minister Pat Jordan which relates to the hospitality subject

Our home town

The item is a composite print of a travelogue. It shows Mission City, the location of the 1958 Western Canadian Soap Box Derby Trials. Includes scenes of Mission City, the mission, Fraser River and the surrounding area, as well as preparations for and running of the derby trials.

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.

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.

The silent ones : out-takes

The item is a film reel of out-takes from 1957. They depict the 1957 expedition of the BC Provincial Museum and the University of British Columbia to Anthony Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) to salvage Haida totem poles and other relics.

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.

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