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 was built in 1911 by Lim Bang, a successful Chinese entrepreneur. He owned a brickyard, and these bricks were likely used in the construction of this hotel and the warehouse at 601 Herald Street, now a renovated condo development.
Lim Bang owned one of the first cars in B.C. and held drivers license Number 4.
The hotel was first known as the Prince George Hotel and then changed its name to Hotel Douglas in 1918. It was in rough shape in 2000 when it was bought by its current owner and went through a major facelift and another name change.
See Glen Mofford’s great collage and history of the hotel.
How to enter:
It’s dead easy. You can leave a note on the comment section here at my blog, or if you’d prefer, send me a message through my contact page and I’ll add your name to a draw. The stay at the Hotel Rialto can be used any time this year, but is not available on long weekends. The copy of Sensational Victoria includes maps and walking tours to help you find your way around (or at least help identify what you’re looking at)! I’ll be doing a random draw on May 15 and notify the winners by email.