Category: Victoria History

Top 10 Facebook Group Pages for 2016

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For my last post of the year, I’ve chosen the top 10 Facebook group pages. This list is highly subjective and based on a loose criteria—they have to deal with some aspect of the history of Greater Vancouver or Victoria, and you have to be able to see the posts without having to join (I’m intrigued by East Vancouver Selfies and Lululemon Barter Wars, but fear either rejection or disappointment).

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Jim Munro (1929-2016)

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I was so sad to hear of Jim Munro’s death last Monday. Jim was a huge promoter and lover of books, heritage buildings, art and authors, including of course, his first wife the Nobel prize winner Alice Munro.

He was also a lovely man. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim a few years back when I was researching Sensational Victoria.

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10 things I Love about Munro’s Books

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1. It’s in Victoria

2. It’s 52 years old. That means Munro’s has survived Amazon, consolidation and e-books.

3. Carole Sabiston’s tapestries. Eight large banners depict the seasons and decorate the interior of Munro’s. Carole is an incredibly accomplished textile artist. Her commissions include the giant Sunburst for the Expo ’86 opening ceremony in Vancouver and the five-panel work of mountains and oceans at Government House.

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Five Eccentric B.C. Houses

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Switzer House, a futuristic  house that was painted shocking pink and looked like a space ship. The West Van house only survived 11 years and was sacrificed for the Upper Levels Highway in 1971.

Here are five of my favourite eccentric houses that still stand (or did at the time of research).

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Victoria Day Giveaway winners

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our VICTORIA DAY Giveaway. Janet von Siemens has won two nights at the Hotel Rialto, admission to Emily Carr House, Craigdarroch Castle and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, as well as a copy of Sensational Victoria from Anvil Press. Aaron Lee wins a copy of Sensational Victoria and admission to Craigdarroch Castle.

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Emily Carr and the Victoria Day Giveaway

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Emily Carr house has kindly kicked in two admission tickets for our Victoria Day giveaway, which is really fitting, because the artist  figures prominently in Sensational Victoria.

It wasn’t intentional. Emily just kept getting in my head, and turning up in unlikely places. I was intrigued with an Oak Bay cabin that she built in 1913, because while she wrote extensively about all the Carr family properties, she kept this tiny cabin to herself.

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