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.
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.
Thanks Tourism Victoria for kicking my Victoria Day giveway up a notch! Now you can read a copy of Sensational Victoria from Anvil Press while enjoying two nights free accommodation at the fabulous heritage Hotel Rialto.
The Hotel Rialto at the corner of Douglas and Pandora Streets in downtown Victoria has a great history.
It’s Victoria Day on May 19, and where better to spend it then in Victoria? My publisher Anvil Press has generously offered to give away a couple of copies of Sensational Victoria to take on your trip. Just leave a comment here on my blog, or if you’d prefer, send me a message through my contact page.
The Tilikum lives at the Maritime Museum in Victoria and it’s well worth the visit. At 38-feet long it looks like a flimsy thing to take out in Victoria Harbour on a windy day, let alone around the world, but in 1901 Captain John Voss and Norman Luxton, a reporter from Winnipeg, intended to do just that.
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.
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.