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. The cabin was saved from demolition in 1995 and now sits behind a Samuel Maclure mansion on Foul Bay Road.
Emily pops up all over the place in my book. She’s a regular fixture on John Adams’s popular ghost tours, she’s one of my “legendary women,” and her grave is the most sought-after in the Ross Bay Cemetery.
I was intrigued by how many James Bay houses had figured in her life. About 12,000 people visit her childhood house every year. And, it was Jan Ross of Carr House who turned me onto the idea of doing a map and a walking tour in the footprints of Emily Carr. The idea was to discover what James Bay would have looked like in 1913 through the eyes of the then 42-year old artist.
I wanted to give a little history on the James Bay Hotel (shown below in 1914) and some of the other landmarks and houses in the area, and I wanted to introduce the Widdowsons, the Margisons, and others who she would have met along the way.
How to Enter:
The Victoria Day Giveway now includes a two-night stay at the Hotel Rialto*, a copy of Sensational Victoria to help you find your way around, and admissions to Carr House, Craigdarroch Castle, and the Maritime Museum of B.C.
It’s dead easy to enter, just leave your name or a note at the comment section at the end of this post or send me a message through my contact page and I’ll add your name to the draw. I’ll be doing a random draw on May 15 and announcing the winners here and on my Facebook page.
*Please note that the hotel stay is not available on long weekends.
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