Category: Victoria History

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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Christina Haas’s Cook Street Brothel

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Thomas Hooper once had the largest architectural practice in Western Canada. He designed hundreds of buildings including the Victoria Public Library, the Rogers Chocolates and the Munro’s Books Building in Victoria. And in 1912, the same year he designed Hycroft in Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s Winch Building and submitted plans for UBC, he designed Christina Haas’s, Cook Street brothel.

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Alice Munro’s B.C. Connection

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Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in Ontario, but she lived in both North and West Vancouver, and wrote three of her most important books while living on Rockland Avenue in Victoria. She and Jim founded Munro’s Books in 1963. The following is an excerpt from Sensational Victoria

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