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Hotel, admittedly one of the world's most
charming hostelries, fronts the placid
waters of Victoria's Inner Harbor. Royalty
has graced its suites; world travellers
make of it a rendezvous; neighbors from
"across the line" visit it on every sort of
occasion. For Victoria, British Columbia,
is the heart of that year-round Paradise-
Canada's Evergreen Playground.
In a  city noted  for its  beautiful
gardens, those of the Empress truly
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of its grounds, with their rose and rock
gardens, herbaceous borders and tree-
shaded walks appeal alike to gardeners
and beauty lovers.
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fringed with a hundred varieties of
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repose. Here in their seasons bloom all
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overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbor.
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FIVE hundred and seventy rooms has the Empress
Hotel. . . ball and banqueting rooms, grill and dining
rooms . . . bedrooms overlooking garden or harbor;
suites designed for gracious living; lesser ones furnished
with dainty comfort ... a great writing room with the
dignified seclusion of some castle library. . . a rotunda,
where each afternoon to the strains from a delightful tea
orchestra your tea is served. On Saturday night there
is supper dancing to the tune of Billy Tickle's up-to-the-
minute ten-piece orchestra. On the walls of the stately
dining room overlooking the harbor, hang oil paintings of
the wives of many of Canada's Governors-General.
Across the grounds is the Crystal Garden — its great
swimming pool, one hundred and fifty by forty feet, filled
with warmed sea water, tropical plants abloom along its
promenades, where you may enjoy tea after swimming or
watch the water pageant below.
The Empress Hotel has a gracious atmosphere ... an
atmosphere in which you relax and are at ease. At
Christmastime there are Yuletide Festivals and all the
legendry frolics of medieval England. In March . . .
the annual Empress Winter Golf Tournament. In
May . . . Garden Festival . . . the Spring Flowers teas,
the Calceolarias teas, and the Chrysanthemum teas for
which the hotel is distinguished. Oak Bay Golf Course
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Victoria.
With good golf on
five sporty courses
the year round, the
Annual Empress
Winter Golf Tournament in early March
brings golfers of the
Dominion to meet
those of the Pacific
Northwest and from
much farther afield.
And the tournament
gala is the acme of
entertainment with
handsome trophies
awarded to  winning
Year round paradise
for outdoor iporti
ALL the year round, sea fishing is the boast
of Brentwood, just eleven miles from the
Empress Hotel. The lakes in the vicinity,
well stocked by the British Columbia Game
Department, have their seasons from March
1st to the middle of November.
With light tackle and large fly made from
buck tail or bear fur, catching
a cohoe or two at Cowichan Bay
(an hour's drive along the Island
Highway) is a thrill that can't be
beaten. And fighting fish in the
island's seaways would give
Isaac Walton something more to
write about.
Riding, hiking, tennis, badminton . . . you can enjoy them
all while you are at the Empress.
all   climaxing \Zoj_tfiouveir. • wiuit oi4«i
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THE Canadian Pacific Railway and connections
operate fast and comfortable air-conditioned
trains from points in Canada and the United
States to Vancouver.
From Vancouver, or Seattle, you reach Victoria
aboard a "Princess"-—a steamship with all the
comforts and luxury of an ocean liner.
You cross from Vancouver via the Strait of
Georgia and the Gulf Islands. From Seattle you
go by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, among the San
Juan Islands. Either way offers a delightful sail
of about four hours.
It's an inside-passage voyage. You watch for
the little islands, with their rocky shores or
fertile fields. You speculate who lives on them,
while the green blue seas rush by, creaming in
the wake of your ship.
Though you know that in a few hours you'll
reach terra firma, you can feel that exhilaration
which is part of the fun of ocean voyaging. In
the dining saloon you enjoy a tasty meal . . . loll
on deck in the sunshine . . . regret the voyage is
at an end.
For further information regarding the Empress
Hotel and low-cost passage fares to Victoria,
communicate with Manager, Empress Hotel,
Victoria, B.C., Canada; any Canadian Pacific
representative (offices in large cities throughout
the United States and Canada); or your own
travel agent.
It's easy to get to Victoria, British Columbia,
in Canada's Evergreen Playground.
U.S. Citizens do not require passports to visit Canada. :m-m-   -;  '-■:.:'.'. .?..■.■ .;. ft    '-   ft
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THE population of Greater Victoria is sixty-
two thousand. Although Orientals work in
the truck gardens and turbanned Hindus peddle
wood, the city is as British as its ancestry. It is
situated on the southern extremity of Vancouver
Island, which is as large as Switzerland and in
places almost as mountainous.
Victoria believes in perpetuating English
traditions. It has more "public" schools in the
English sense of the word than any other place
in Canada. Small boys in socks and gray
flannel shorts are the rule rather than the exception . . . also broad "a's", cricket, cricket caps
and girls wearing private school uniforms
and badges.
The Capital of British Columbia, Victoria's
ceremonial life centres round Government
House, residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of
the Province, representing His Majesty the King.
Most of the gaiety takes place at the Empress
Hotel. In its ballroom the naval, military and
community balls are held. Yule is celebrated
there with about twelve hundred sitting down to
traditional dishes, in the good old manorial
manner, with Boar's Head, Yule Log and wassailing and other ancient ceremonies of good
cheer hallowed by usage throughout the ages.
All the international service clubs have a
place in the city's community life.
There are miles of excellent yachting waters
among the islands in the immediate vicinity of
Victoria, and members of the Royal Victoria
Yacht Club are cordial in help and advice to
strangers in these waters.
Like the county towns of England, Victoria
has many little shops specialising in china,
English woollens and homespuns. Some of the
loveliest of these homespuns are made in nearby
Esquimalt by Vancouver Island weavers.
Victoria is a paradise for antique hunters.
There are fully a score of shops where you can
pick up art and furniture treasures . . . maybe a
valuable old book or two . . . certainly a print or
etching.
Essentially British is Victoria . . . thoroughly
lovely and peaceful.
Photographs in this booklet are copyrighted by Associated Screen News Limited. EACH year in early May,
when the Empress Hotel
gardens are at their springtime best, and rock gardens,
winding lanes, Alpine
blooms and English May
flowers at the peak of their
glory, Victoria gives a four-
day garden party.
Sponsored by the management of the Empress Hotel,
held under the auspices of
the Vancouver Island
Horticultural Association,
during these four days
you may visit sixty or more
of Victoria's colorful and
exclusive gardens, most of
which are not open at any
other time of the year. They
all offer you invaluable suggestions on horticulture, garden design and plant beauty.
With the Empress Hotel as headquarters,
decorated table displays in the ballroom, evening lectures by noted horticulturists and a Spring
Flower Show at the Willows . . . Spring Gardens
Festival is an enjoyable event for garden lovers.
In early May dozens of rock gardens, for
which the district is famous, are radiant with
color.    Drifts of gorgeous crimson, purple and
lavender aubretia contrast with flowing sheets
of prostrate cream broom. Delicate pink
aethionemas harmonise with powder blue globu-
laris cordifolia. Alpine primulas, Burgundy red,
wine purple and a score of other varieties vie
with true English Primroses from Devon lanes.
Tulips and iris, gentians, Rhododendrons, phlox,
saxirages and a host of other blossoms come
dancing into flower in a rush of beauty. i^h^M* ""^	
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