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Edward M. Richardson, active 1863-64, Victoria (Fort Victoria)

Edward Mallott Richardson: Victoria Harbour Source: “Digging for gold” pamphlet. "the view of Victoria is charming, apparently showing Laurel Point (and those McMurtrie gravehouses?) in the foreground.

The Coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii) trees in Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, Canada.

The Coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii) trees in Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, Canada.

FORT ASTORIA - Two of the notable founders were Alexander MacKay, who had previously been with the North West Company, and Alexander Ross. Both men were Scottish Canadians. Mackay died in the 1811 battle with natives that destroyed the USS Tonquin off Vancouver Island. In 1813 Ross joined the North West Company from Canada after they acquired Fort Astoria.

FORT ASTORIA - Two of the notable founders were Alexander MacKay, who had previously been with the North West Company, and Alexander Ross. Both men were Scottish Canadians. Mackay died in the 1811 battle with natives that destroyed the USS Tonquin off Vancouver Island. In 1813 Ross joined the North West Company from Canada after they acquired Fort Astoria.

FORT VICTORIA model in the BC Provincial Museum.  In 1849, the crown Colony of Vancouver Island was established and the HBC was granted exclusive proprietary rights over Vancouver Island. The condition imposed by the Colonial Office was that the company would establish a settlement within five years or see their grant revoked.

FORT VICTORIA model in the BC Provincial Museum. In 1849, the crown Colony of Vancouver Island was established and the HBC was granted exclusive proprietary rights over Vancouver Island. The condition imposed by the Colonial Office was that the company would establish a settlement within five years or see their grant revoked.

Anniversary commemorative of the Hudson's Bay Company building the Nanaimo Bastion on Vancouver Island in 1853. The bastions still stands today as it has been well preserved and looked after by the City of Nanaimo.

Anniversary commemorative of the Hudson's Bay Company building the Nanaimo Bastion on Vancouver Island in The bastions still stands today as it has been well preserved and looked after by the City of Nanaimo.

FORT VICTORIA in 1845 [drawing by M O'Leary]  In 1843, the Hudson's Bay Company sent James Douglas to build a fort some distance north of Fort Vancouver. This fort on Vancouver Island became the new headquarters of the district.  The signing of the Oregon Treaty in 1846, settled the matter of Fort Vancouver’s further suitability as the company's headquarters. The fort was the beginnings of a settlement that eventually grew into the modern Victoria, BC.

FORT VICTORIA in 1845 [drawing by M O'Leary] In 1843, the Hudson's Bay Company sent James Douglas to build a fort some distance north of Fort Vancouver. This fort on Vancouver Island became the new headquarters of the district. The signing of the Oregon Treaty in 1846, settled the matter of Fort Vancouver’s further suitability as the company's headquarters. The fort was the beginnings of a settlement that eventually grew into the modern Victoria, BC.

John Webber [c1750-1793]  Interior of a West coast First Nation House at Friendly Cove on Vancouver Island, 1778. The birthplace of British Columbia is the small community of Yuquot, also known as Friendly Cove, the site of the first contact between Europeans and First Nations people in British Columbia.

John Webber [c1750-1793] Interior of a West coast First Nation House at Friendly Cove on Vancouver Island, 1778. The birthplace of British Columbia is the small community of Yuquot, also known as Friendly Cove, the site of the first contact between Europeans and First Nations people in British Columbia.

Kwakiutl House by Canadian artist Emily Carr [1871-1945]   The Kwakiutl First Nation are based on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, focused on the community of Port Hardy, British Columbia in the Queen Charlotte Strait region, and also known as the Fort Rupert Band, known in traditional Kwakwaka'wakw terms as the Kwagu'ł or Kwagyewlth.

Kwakiutl House by Canadian artist Emily Carr [1871-1945] The Kwakiutl First Nation are based on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, focused on the community of Port Hardy, British Columbia in the Queen Charlotte Strait region, and also known as the Fort Rupert Band, known in traditional Kwakwaka'wakw terms as the Kwagu'ł or Kwagyewlth.

FORT VICTORIA - The fort was known briefly as "Fort Albert", though the name Fort Camosun continued in use until 1846, when it was renamed in honour of the Queen. The Fort was built using labour from local first nations people, who were paid one Hudson’s Bay blanket for every 40 pickets they cut. The Songhees people soon established a village across the harbour from the fort.

FORT VICTORIA - The fort was known briefly as "Fort Albert", though the name Fort Camosun continued in use until 1846, when it was renamed in honour of the Queen. The Fort was built using labour from local first nations people, who were paid one Hudson’s Bay blanket for every 40 pickets they cut. The Songhees people soon established a village across the harbour from the fort.

Salt Spring, BC. Panoramic views of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island! Breathtaking. #explorebc

Breathtaking Views From The Top Of Mount Maxwell

Put your hiking boots away and literally drive to the top of Mount Maxwell. The tallest point on all of Salt Spring with breathtaking panoramic views.

Beautiful British Columbia-Vancouver Island

"Along beach--before high rise Beach Club & just past Park Sands RV park, there's a windsurfing.

busy afternoon on the water.. Coal Harbour (Vancouver Island) BC

busy afternoon on the water.

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