Highways & Hyperbole: British Columbia Government Travelogues, 1940-1970

Highways & Hyperbole: British Columbia Government Travelogues, 1940 – 1970

From Evergreen Playland: A Road Trip through British Columbia, DVD insert.

Evergreen Playland presents a road trip through British Columbia, based on travelogue excerpts from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. It invites you to journey through what is becoming a lost world – one of the long car trips on two-lane highways, of holidays at resorts and dude ranches, of visits to farms and orchards, of cowboys, miners and small-town beauty queens, of regattas, rodeos, soap-box derbies and (countless) parades.

Admire the colourful scenery. Enjoy the nostalgic glimpses of period automobiles, steam locomotives and airliners. Chuckle at the overstated (and sometimes wacky) period narration.

The DVD’s seven chapters highlight key areas of the province, including: Vancouver Island; the Fraser Valley; the SImilkameen and Boundary country; the West Kootenays and Slocan; the Big Bend Highway and the East Kootenays; the Okanagan Valley; the Fraser Canyon and Cariboo; and the Peace River, Bulkley and Skeena regions of northern BC.

Evergreen Playland draws on 19 British Columbia government travelogues int he moving images collection of the BC Archives. The compilations were presented at the “Mighty 90 Drive-in Theatre” at the Royal BC Museum, as part of the sesquicentennial exhibition Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC, March 2008 to January 2009.

99 minutes, sound, colour
DVD Compiled and edited by Dennis J. Duffy
A Royal BC Museum Production
DVD ©2008 by the Royal BC Museum
Thanks to the Strong Cinema Products division of Ballantyne of Omaha, Inc., for permission to use the “Mighty 90” name and emblem.