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Victoria

December 10, 2014

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Crowds gather to watch a canoe race in the Inner Harbour put on by the Songhees First Nations.

Looking back on British Columbia's capital

Inhabited for thousands of years by First Nations peoples, the modern city of Victoria was founded in 1843 as a Hudson's Bay Company trading post. In the 1850s and 1860s the population of Victoria exploded in response to the Fraser and Cariboo gold rushes. Soon the city was a thriving port and staging point for prospecting expeditions into B.C.'s largely unexplored interior. For decades after Victoria remained the centre of the region's growing European population until it was surpassed by Vancouver in population and commercial importance (but not in political importance) at the turn of the 20th Century.

>The Inner Harbour in the midst of its growth spurt in the 1860s. Can you spot the one matching building? In the foreground are the homes of the Songhees people. Today a Delta Hotel stands where the reserve once was.

The Dominion Hotel on Yates and Blanshard was expanded several times between the 1890s and the 1910s.

Douglas Street. The building on the left was known as Kellog's Grocery. Today it is a Mac's.

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Anxious crowds in the Inner Harbour await a troopship bringing Canadian soldiers back from the First World War. "Well done boys," seems like a criminal understatement for what they've just been through.

Anxious crowds in the Inner Harbour await a troopship bringing Canadian soldiers back from the First World War. "Well done boys," seems like a criminal understatement for what they've just been through.

It's debatable whether the Shopper's Drug Mart and the building on the corner are improvements over the previous building.

Elephants march down Douglas outside City Hall. This was when the W.W. Cole Circus paid a visit to Victoria.

A train passes in front of Victoria's Masonic Hall.

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