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BC Centennial canoe pageant 1971

Special event coverage. To commemorate the hundred years since British Columbia joined the confederation of Canada as a province, the ten provinces and two territories each sent a seven-man crew into the B.C. interior for a nineteen-day sojourn over some 817 miles of provincial waters. The purpose was to draw attention to the challenge of Canada's outdoors and canoeing, and at the same time retrace the past routes followed by explorers. Travelling in twenty-five Norwester canoes, the flotilla began its journey from Fort St. James and concluded at Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Traveltour of the west coast of Vancouver Island

The item is a video copy of a travelogue. Depicts some highlights to be seen during a steamship cruise along the west coast of Vancouver Island, from Barkley Sound to Quatsino Sound. Footage includes: a tourist information office; mountain and shoreline scenery; First Nations man carving a dugout canoe from a cedar log at "Ahooset" [i.e, Ahousat]; Friendly Cove lighthouse; Tulpana [i.e., Tlupana?] Canyon; exploring the shores of Nootka Island [?] by small boat; the "quaint Indian village" of Friendly Cove; totem pole honouring Captain Cook; Women making and selling baskets at Quatsino; Port Alice; a nearby whaling station [probably Coal Harbour]; seal colony on Salander Rock [i.e., Solander Island]; injured eagle, and hunters posing with dead eagles.