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From Cache Creek to Barkerville (1955-56)

A mid-fifties Cariboo road trip from Cache Creek to Barkerville, with stops at Marble Canyon, Lillooet, Clinton, The Chasm, Lac La Hache, a cattle ranch, Williams Lake, and Quesnel. (Phew!)

The source of these edited excerpts is Legend of the West, a travelogue directed by Richard L. Colby and released in 1956 by the British Columbia Government Travel Bureau. It’s BC Archives item AAAA1211 at the Royal BC Museum.

From Kootenay Prairie to Kingsgate (East Kootenays, 1944-45)

This video clip shows an East Kootenays road trip road in the mid-1940s. It comprises excerpts from Kootenay East, a BC Government Travel Bureau travelogue, which was filmed in 1944-45 and copyrighted in 1948.

Starting from Kootenay Prairie, the clip highlights:

  • local guest ranches;
  • the Sullivan Mine (silver-lead-zinc) at Kimberley;
  • the coal industry at Fernie and Michel (as well as Fernie’s unique golf course);
  • the history of Fort Steele;
  • Cranbrook’s municipal swimming pool (!); and
  • a customs stop at Kingsgate crossing on the Canada-US border.

The source film is BC Archives AAAA1074 at the Royal BC Museum. These excerpts were also featured in the Royal BC Museum DVD Evergreen Playland: A Road Trip through British Columbia (2008).

The “mad rush” as miners come off shift at the Sullivan Mine, Kimberley. (Digital frame grab from BC Archives V1989:40/002.03)



Fort Steele. (Digital frame grab from BC Archives V1989:40/002.03)
















Kingsgate. (Digital frame grab from BC Archives V1989:40/002.03)

This Week in History: The Big Snow, Victoria, February 1916

Using archival film footage, photos and newspaper stories, this CHEK-TV/Royal BC Museum item looks back on Victoria’s legendary “Big Snow” of February 2-5, 1916.

“Most of us in Victoria, BC, remember the Big Snow of 1996, but imagine putting up with the same sort of thing a century ago. With no weather satellite warnings, big diesel snow ploughs, or Ski-Doos, it would have been a very different story.” (CHEK intro)

From Golden to Radium (via Yoho and Kootenay Parks) – RBCM AAAA1074

A mid-1940s drive from Golden to Radium Hot Springs, via Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, as depicted in excerpts from the travelogue “Kootenay East” (BC Government Travel Bureau, ca. 1944-45). The complete film is BC Archives item AAAA1074 at the Royal BC Museum. This edited sequence originally appeared in the Museum’s 2008 DVD Evergreen Playland: A Road Trip through British Columbia.