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Picturesque Victoria, B.C. : the tourist and commercial city of the Canadian Far West Cuthbert, Herbert 1902

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I   Uictoria, B- 0.
The Tourist and Commercial
City of the Canadian
Far West
aw anything anywhere to equal the view of the approach to Victoria
: evening of one of the most perfect days in my memory,"
mber of British Editors' Delegation.    Interview Winnipeg Free Press.
"The British Colui
ibians have rich m
and fruit growing.
Another member of the same party in the same newspaper.
" In Victoria is reached the real outlet to the Orient."
Frank Leigh in Montreal Herald.
" One would fain have stayed longer, for of all the cities that have been visited
.e course of this long Royal progress the fair capital of British Columbia seems to
he one which the Englishman would most gladly make his home. * * * It
is combination of rich wild country and old-fashioned English homes that makes
iurroundings of Victoria so wholly delightful. * * * Never in the environs of
other city have I seen such a glory of flowers as surrounded each of these lovely
E. F, Knight, Correspondent London Morning Post.
piled for the Tourist Association and the Vic
Trade, by Herbert Cuthbert, Manager Tourist
 Picturesque Victoria
f      Empire  itself,   it is the  one  city   that   becomes   t
\_^ esting to all tourists who visit the Pacific Coa:
  e expei
The s
the service between the Mainland, connecting with the C. P. R..
the C. P. N. Co. are building a palatial steamship of 20 knots-
it of half a million dollars} that will materially enhance the plea-
rienced in taking this superb trip to Victoria.
; forgott£
s you approach this queen or summer resorts is-
The eye of the Tourist, enchanted, as he may
be,   with  the marvelous scenery throughout   which  he  passes   along the-
lines of railway leading to Victoria, always rests with wonder and delight I
upon this panorama of emerald-like ocean, usually as smooth as polished,
glass,   verdure   clad   isles   and snow-capped mountains,   spread   beneath-|
a canopy of azure blue sky, fringed   with fleecy clouds,   as the steamer^
glides noiselessly towards this city of the golden West.
Naturally there is no hardship in living in a city in such a situation-
There are few places where life is more enjoyable.
il^^^^^^^^^^fe;. The combination of bold ancf-i
picturesque country with old-<
fashioned English homes, their
beautiful   gardens   and  air  of
comfort   and   contentment,
makes   Victoria   a   delightfulS
residential city.    The fact that
the Lieutenant-Governor, of the-
 and much similar to that of the south of England.    There
are practically but two seasons, spring and fall; zero weather,
sunstrokes and prostrations from
the heat are afflictions only known
to Victorians through newspaper
reports from other parts of the
The moderate  temperature of the
summer  season   makes   Victoria the
ideal place for holiday seekers.    Her
and the Japan  current flowing past her
 ;hores, keep thi
passing ove
de Fuca, ar
nter abov
temperature 'of the
the   prevailing   winds   are
snow-capped Olympic Moun
fortably tempered before rea
Victoria has the least rainfall and the mo
Pacific coast north of San Francisco. The rainfall in summ
larly light as shown by the following table supplied by the Di
ernment Meteorological Office :
freezing. Durin
the southwest, which,
nd the Straits of Juan-
the City of Victoria.
line of Sny
ty on the.'l
; particu-
:r, Seattle and Tai
and 1902 inclusive :
Victoria, -
New Westminste
Seattle, Wash.,
Tacoma,     "
No day is
■arrant discai
1 the hottest
Vancouver, New We:
, August and September,  for the years  1
12.10 inches	
42.25      I     	
42.18      §	
25.79      "     	
s to be uncomfortable, and no night so w
: blanket. The thermometer rarely regis
75°.    To those who des
 Idle and eastern states, Victoria's
isant summer days, soft sun-
ie, and bracing breezes offer
lth to the body and repose to the
5t moderate in Canada, the
rage lowest temperature
the last three years being 40°.
The Prince and Princess of Wales said of Victoria in 1901: "It is the
most beautiful city we have seen in our trip around the world." The thousands of visitors, who
igree, that Victoria's
.nnot be equalled in tl
n enchanting panorarr
shore line a
ic attractions are unex-
;st. Her situation is an
changing beauty, rocky
ndy bay,  snow-covered
aceful   lakes
1 Bea
con Hill Park can be seen on
one hand the rugged, snow-
clad Olympians, and on the
other, rising proudly away in
the distance beyond the island-
studded Straits  of Juan
de   Ft
he   lordl}
 mit   an   adequate J
description   of   the f
gorgeous    sunsets, '
the   radiance  of   a
moonlight night on
tutions,    buildings,   clubs,   homes,
manners   and   customs,   are   of
English   character.   The   city   has
not the hustling, business methods .
of Chicago, nor the nerve-destroying    habits  of   New   York.      Cons
happiness   and   contentment,   are   t
Citizens of the  United  States  visiting  Victoria,  wit
     while the Victoria Lawn Tennis Club has most excellent courts, club
house, etc., in the centre of the city. This club is open to visitors upon
terms that are as liberal and as reasonable as could well be made with a
due regard to the welfare of its members.
The Coif Links at Oak Bay are considered as fine and are as beautifully situated as any links on the continent. They are leased by the
Victoria Golf Club and, like the tennis club, visitors are allowed to use
: also some fine lir
y point, so that Victoria is a centre
of a large circle of golf enthusiasts.    The
links at Oak Bay are open summer and winter with the exception of the
month of August.
Cricket being the national game of England, and Victoria being essentially English in its tastes and tendencies, several cricket clubs are maintained, who play in the spacious public park.     The officers of the Garrison
 plendid c
re  indulged  in  ve
, and it is safe to say that i
where on the continent are there  greater facilities foi
perfect enjoyment of this pastime than in and
Victoria.    At the present time the senior four-oared
crew of the James Bay Athletic Association of Victoria
championship for the Pacific Northwest.     Every
i the occasion of the celebration of Victoria Day or
kept in honor of that great and good woman, Qu>
whom the city is named, a monster regatta is held
va\ and Military Forces and the citizens generally, take p;
he 24th of ^
1 Victoria,
With a frontage of about fifteen miles upon the waters- .
of the Pacific it is not surprising that there should be many
lovely beaches  around   the city.    One of these  is at  Oak
Bay,  a delightful spot overlooking broad waters,  sinuously      straits, timbered islands and headlands.    The links of the
kS2j<.  Victoria Golf Club are at Oak Bay and some fine Athletic-
rounds and Bicycle Race Track.   The Bay is reached
easily   by   electric   cars.      Space   prevents a description   of   Cadboro   Bay   an
(charming spots with  fine sand
beloved by campers and bathers),  Gordon  He;
and McNeal's beaches all within easy distan
le city.     Foul Bay is also a delightful resort and is-
)re frequented by bathers than any other beach.
ious for its beautiful
plendid  country roads.
ns of Victoria, E. F.
f the London Morn-
g Post,   said
 the Bri
i full explanatic
" The country immediately outside the town is singularly beautiful, the
undulating promontory upon which the city stands being covered with
woods of pine and fir and a lovely wild jungle of arbutus, roses, flowering
bushes of many varieties, and English broom, which, since it was imported
here, has spread all over the more
open country, so that it is ablaze
with golden blossom for a great
portion of the year. In the spring
and summer there is an
nary abundance of beautiful wild
flowers, and in the autumn all the
vegetation is aglow with tints vivid
or mellow, and amid this pleasant
bocage, skirt-
little bays and
" the for-
The Parliament Building
is acknowledged to be one of
the handsomest and most ir
posing structures  on the co
nent.    It is one of the first sights to
catch the visitor's eye as he' enter
amid spacious and beautifully kept
to the mildness of the climate.
. H. the Pi
'ince of Wales, speaking
The  splendid   Parliamer
at the Royal Academ
Buildings of  Ottaw;
    il Department, the Mines Department, and in a wing solely
lis purpose, what is known as the Provincial Museum, this latter
lost interesting collection of British Columbia fossils, Indian
specimens of  natural history, said by experts  to be the most
The North Pacific depot of His Majesty's navy is situated withir
miles of Victoria and connected by electric cars. This is Great Britain's
Gibraltar of the Pacific. The harbour is, of course, a magnificent one, and
the scenery around it,  is  exceptionally bold and interesting.    There are
always some of the fast cruisers     ^	
and torpedo boat destroyers of
Great Britain's navy in port and
situated the strongest Fort on the
ftusific.    Behind these innocent-
The lover of sport is rarely disappointed with his visit to Victoria.
Few places on the continent afford a chance to land a 70-pound salmon
with hook and line, and Victoria is one of those few places.
The many beautiful lakes and streams referred to in this book, reached,
on the wheel, or after a short but charm-
over good
roads, which
adds much to the enjoyment of the outing,
or   by   taking   the
morning train, afford
ery opportunity for the angler
to indulge in this favorite sport;
ithin an hour or two after
leaving the city he will be
able to make his "cast"
at one "of the numerous
lis excellent fishing for all ki
ck bass is absolutely free to a
1   troui
boat.    One gentleman,
who does not claim to
be  an expert,   landed
with a fly 255 pounds
of trout on Cowichan
Lake in three days,
while another had a
catch with a spoon of
89 pounds in one day.
Salmon trolling is to
be had for those who
of brook and lake trout,
o try their luck.
 Information as to where tl
best kind of fishing is to be obtained during each month of the
year, and the kind of fly
will   be   cheerful!-
ood society and the people are prosperous.    The
able to-day were not so very long ago purchased
  ilway Company at from $1.00
only  one of the industries tha
1 $5.00 per acre,
ire to be found
The Lumber Mills and Logging Camp at Chemainus comprise one of the big-
it plants of this kind in the world. The lumber is exported to all parts,
1 in many countries is the standard that must be reached by all compet-
Copper and Gold Mining at Mount Sicker has, within the past three years
:ome of the utmost importance to this district and also to the city of
As an e^
idence of
the mar-     -V-    veloi
s change that can takt|
his   rich
rough tl
and unde
e judiciou
veloped      -%,   wes
sem-        ^|fc.plo
tern country, in a year
fment of capital, there is
no better example than
what has been done
^     at Mount Sicker.
Henry Crott commenced devel-=V
opment on the
prospect, on the?
and  other
ssult an excellent hi
Mount Sicker had sprung into;
mushroom like, almost' in a
The Tyee, another rich prop-
actively developed, and ;
for all the farm produce, f
  mous islands of the Gulf of  .
if   Victoria,   the   connecting I
s, returning the same day is'-':
| and sea in the -world.    This
ong the Thousand Islands
ho take it never regret or
d in summer by the V. T.
R'y, on their comfortable I
Victoria is not only a tourist city but one of the
•ominion of  Canada.    The
entering the harbour last
ear was  1,557,007, making the city the third I
port in Canada.    Naturally this has a considerable effect upon the nature of the business done in Victoria.     It is the first and last  I
port of call for the steamers for China, Japan,
Australia,  Honolulu,   and  all  U.  S.  ports-;
Passengers for China should wait for their
steamer at Victoria.     Shipbuilding is one of I
the most important industries.    There are no
less than six ship yards in and around the
city,  in addition to some large  iron works J
and engineering shops.    Several of these are I
putting   in   extensive bridge building plants, %
one of them having just secured a contract at
$100,000 to erect a handsome steel and concrete bridge at Point Ellice
in   the
Space will not pei
utary to Victoria.    C
considerable business
most of the
uate description of the industries trib-
d mining on Vancouver Island bring
it is the natural base of supplies,  and
owners of the mines reside here.
of   the   largest   firms   in
.     British Columbia hand-
K     ling mining supplies
.      and farm imple-
have their
For upwards of half a century Victoria has been the leadin
cial centre of the province, and her history has largelv been th(
British Columbia.
were laid in the forties when the Hudson's Bay Co. established a fort first
called Fort Comosum, then  Fort Albert and afterwards Fort Victoria.    It I
was at Victoria that the miners camped when bound-for the Fraser river in .
the '50s.     It was here that the terms of Confederation were approved and I
the great undertaking of building the C. P. R.  through to the coast first I
mooted.     It was  from   here that the first Canadian  ships  sailed for the
Klondike, a few years ago, and to-day most of the trade is done from here.  .
The stores of Victoria are as large as those of oities three times its size,
and it is the cheapest place on the coast in which to  "shop."
church of almost <
Fraternal and Friendly Socie
very good social clubs, and
west. The public schools a
the confidence of the people.
Those desiring a high class r
es are represented,
ne of the finest am;
e a credit to this 01
There are also sev
usical training can ;
>mination, while all the
There are three or four
teur athletic clubs in the
any other city and enjoy
:ral fine private colleges,
ecure it in Victoria.
Victoria has as good hotel accommodation as any other city of its size
in Canada.    There are also a large number of excellent private boarding I
houses.     Hotel  rates range from $1.50 to $5.00 per day,  American plan.  .
Boarding houses from $1.00 to $2.50 per day.
By -the Tourist Association at their offices and Free Bureau of Information,
34 Fort St., where mail can be addressed.     Every visitor is invited to call.
This Association is a voluntary organization of business men, supported by their own subscriptions, for the purpose of making the attractions
of Victoria known to those in search of health and pleasure, and also for
the purpose of making all strangers feel at home in the city.
The Bureau of Information is established for the benefit of visitors and is
absolutely free in every respect. Its conveniences include large reading
and writing room, with all time tables, etc., ladies and men's cloakrooms.
, Ma-


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