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Crystal Garden, Victoria, B.C. Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Canadian Pacific Hotels. The Empress Hotel 1927

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EVERYONE knows Victoria, British Columbia. That famous, beautiful city on Vancouver
Island is one of the most popular objectives of the tourist to the Pacific Coast. The Empress
Hotel is just as widely known.
The Cry&al Garden, built by the Canadian Pacific at a cost of over one-quarter million dollars,
forms a new centre of social and recreational interest that not only provides one of the finest places of
ajnusement on the Pacific Coast, but also aligns Vidtoria with her sisfter resorts of tropical regions.
Both in winter and summer alike it adds a remarkable new attraction to Vidtoria.
The Crystal Garden is a great glass conservatory, sunlit by day and glittering by night, with
music and an atmosphere that will live always in the memory. In the centre is the largest salt-water
enclosed swimming pool on the continent; it also has its promenades, its peacock alley, its dancing
floors, art gallery, banquet hall and cafe.
Vidtoria, the largest city of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, is charmingly
situated at the southern end of the Island. There is an enticing welcome to the traveller entering
its harbor—the blue-tinted Sooke Hills, the Little Saanich Mountain, the snow-capped Olympic
Mountains on the mainland, and then, entering the Inner Harbor, a foreground of beautiful trees,
shrubs, and flower-gardens, with the Parliament Buildings rising from lawns on the right, the Bo&on
ivy-covered Empress Hotel right ahead, the city at the left, and the old cathedral on the hill above.
Vidtoria is the Evergreen City of Canada—a city of flowers,
hydrangeas, roses, hedges, oak trees, broom, holly, bungalows, gardens,
trim boulevards and delightful parks. Its mild climate makes it a
haven of content, in summer as in winter, for while zero weather is
unknown there, so also is excessive heat. The charadteri&ic beauty of
its residential district has made it di&indtly a home city. Nevertheless,
Victoria's enterprising business district, composed of imposing stores
and tall office buildings, speaks of a rich commerce drawn from the vast
resources of Vancouver Island. ,
Vidtoria is reached from the mainland by the fast and beautiful
"Princess" steamships of the Canadian Pacific, with regular day and
night services to and from Vancouver and Seattle. Vidtoria is also a
port of call for ocean-going steamships to and from Australia, New
Zealand, Japan and China. ~r
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Golf, Etc.
All Vidtoria is pradtically one huge garden; but special mention should be made of
the rose garden of the Empress Hotel and of the famous sunken gardens of Mr. R. P.
Butchart, near Brentwood (15 miles away). Of parks, Beacon Hill Park and the Gorge
are especially notable.
Golf can be played on six excellent courses. There are a number of fine tennis courts.
Horse-back riding is a very popular recreation.
A number of beaches can be reached by street car, automobile, or train. Yachting,
boating and canoeing are all available. Steamer excursions amongst the jewel-like
islands of the Gulf of Georgia are frequent in summer.
Fine motor roads radiate in all directions, including the celebrated Malahat Drive up
the east coast of Vancouver Island and another to Little Saanich Mountain, with its
great observatory.
In the vicinity of Vidtoria, or within easy reach by train or automobile, are many
magnificent sporting attractions—including fishing for salmon, trout and cod,
and hunting for deer, elk, pheasant, grouse and quail.
Educational Vidtoria is a well-known educational centre; and besides public, high and normal
schools, it has a number of private schools which are run according to the
best traditions of English public school life.
Fuller information about Victoria and Vancouver Island, the Pacific Coast
generally, and the Canadian Pacific Roc\ies, is contained in our illustrated
booklets "Vancouver Island" "Pacific Coast Tours" and "Resorts in the
Canadian Pacific Roc\ies." The Canadian Pacific has a world-wide organization, with agencies everywhere, and the services of our offices are freely
at your disposal when planning travel. i
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The Promenade is fragrant with greenery
Princess Steamships provide a fast service to
Vancouver and Seattle
The Crystal Garden, Douglas Street
THE Crystal Garden. is situated immediately
behind the Empress! Hotel. An attractive
brick and concrete structure crowned by a great
canopy of glass, its dominating feature is the mv
mense blue-tiled swimming pool, 150 feet long by
40 feet wide—one of the largest and most modernly
equipped on the Continent. The water in the tank
is from three to nine feet in depth; at the deep end
are diving platforms. The salt water to fill it,
pumped in from nearly a mile away, is filtered, sterilized and heated by steam to a temperature of 70
degrees. Dressing rooms, showers and private salt
water baths are provided. The pool is a popular
swimming centre all the year round. '
From the sides of the pool, spectators1 seats slope
upward until they meet the promenade which
extends along both sides of the building. On the
promenade a profusion of palms, yew trees, ferns,
and flowering plants—a "continuous window box11
—form a charming setting for the sea-grass tables
and chairs, under the shelter of large Japanese sun-
shades, that invite one to sit and chat and partake
of refreshment.
Two large dancing floors, one at either end of
the promenade, provide plenty of amusement.
Downstairs, besides a gymnasium, there is a
fine Art Gallery, containing some very valuable old
masters, rare china, porcelain, furniture, oriental
draperies, etc.
At Crystal Garden, too, can be hired saddle horses on
which to go for a gallop along the bridle-paths on the broom-
decked forelands of Victoria.
It was in the Crystal Garden in August, 1925, that
Johnnie Weismuller, of the Illinois Athletic Club, Chicago,
established the then 100-yards open-style world's swimming
record in the time of 51f seconds—a record that remained
until he himself recently slightly bettered it. On the same
evening Conrad Milan, of the same club, in the 440-yards
back-stroke swim, lowered the record of the world held by
Blitz;, of Belgium, by f of a second, by swimming the distance
in 6 minutes 1+ seconds.
A Section of the Art Gallery
Schoolgirls' Afternoon
The Crystal Garden Orchestra
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