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Tourism and promotional films and videos Kelowna (B.C.)
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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.

Lady of the lake

The item is a film travelogue, made in 1953. It shows the city of Kelowna and the 1953 Kelowna Regatta. Scenes include car ferry on Okanagan Lake; city streets and park; beach and water sports; Premier W.A.C. Bennett; Regatta parade; nighttime pageant at Aquatic Pool with synchronized swimming, square dancing and crowning of the Lady of the Lake; swimming races at the pool; speedboat and hydroplane races; men's diving competition. The Lady of the Lake introduces and closes the film.

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.

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.

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).

Princess in wonderland : out-takes, reel no. 2

The item is a reel of original out-takes from 1958. It contains footage of a royal visit by HRH Princess Margaret and centennial celebrations in BC. Footage includes: Last crossing of Okanagan Lake by ferry "David Lloyd-Jones"; views of Okanagan Lake Bridge and Kelowna from ferry; Chilliwack [?]; Williams Lake stampede; arrival at float plane, Kelowna; bridge ceremony preparations and crowds arriving; ceremony at Parliament Buildings, Victoria; garden party at Government House (Princess arrives at end); Nanaimo cake; departing for Naval Review, Victoria; barge leaving and fleet; Kelowna Bridge opening ceremonies; Victoria to Nanaimo, arrival in Duncan, through Ladysmith; Agassiz Bridge; driving to Chilliwack; arrival at Memorial Gymnasium, UBC; Kamloops; Okanagan Lake Bridge plaque (July 19, 1958); aerial views of Vancouver Island; presentation of Indian totems and chiefs, Courtenay; Fraser Valley; Mission [?]; Comox airport departure; aerial views of Gulf Islands; arrival at Vancouver airport; church at Haney; travelling shots of Thompson River from train; RCAF honour guard review at Comox airport; aerial views, Gulf to Portland Island; aerial shots of Fraser Canyon on way to Fort St. John; arrival in Vancouver; Vancouver Preventorium; naval review seen from HMCS "Skeena".

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.