Victoria

The capital of the Province, the seat of government and the headquarters of all the Dominion and local departments, including "C" battery of the Canadian Regiment of Artillery. It is beautifully situated on the extreme south-eastern extremity of Vancouver Island. The marine position of Victoria as a commercial centre and as a nucleus for foreign trade is extremely favourable, and the fact of its being the first available seaport north of San Francisco confers on it additional importance. The inner harbour of the city is completely landlocked, and gives accommodation to all vessels whose draught of water does not exceed eighteen feet. Larger vessels discharge at the outer wharf, and at Esquimalt, three miles distant, an extensive harbour capable of receiving vessels of the largest class. The universal verdict of travellers is, that Victoria is the most pleasant and delightful city on the Pacific coast. There are several which are larger, and are more noisy and bustling, exhibiting that genuine spirit of "rush" which is so dominant in the American character, but none so charming in all its adjuncts and surroundings, so pleasant as a place of residence, or so attractive to visitors. Not that there is less proportionate business transacted there, for an examination of her commercial enterprises will show them to be numerous and extensive, but there is a pleasant absence of that hurly-burly which attends business on the American side.

Though situated on an island Victoria has a central location. It is distant 38 miles from Port Townsend, 18 miles from Port Angeles, 100 miles from Seattle, 128 miles from Tacoma, 72 miles from Vancouver, 73 miles from New Westminster, 72 miles from Nanaimo and 750 miles from San Francisco. With these ports on Puget Sound there is communication twice a day, one steamer leaving every morning except Sunday at six o'clock, and another every evening except Saturday. The Canadian Pacific Navigation Company's palatial steamship "Islander" leaves every morning except Monday for Vancouver, connecting with the C. P. R., while various other steamers run to and fro at different times. Victoria is the distributing point for most of the wholesale trade of the Province, while all, or nearly all, the trading posts on Vancouver Island and the north-west coast of the mainland obtain their supplies here. The fur sealing trade of British Columbia is almost entirely owned and controlled by Victoria capital and most of the vessels employed in the business are built here, winter here, and are fitted out from this port. The trade is one of the most important in the Province, as it requires very large capital to engage in it, and usually yields large returns. Victoria is probably more affected by the "Behring Sea" difficulty than any other port in Canada, being the headquarters of the sealing fleet. This industry is largely increasing year by year, and during the past season a fleet of 41 vessels, representing a capital of $400,000 in vessels and equipments, and a total crew of about 800 men were fitted out in Victoria along, to hunt in the northern waters.

The Facilities and Financial Condition

The city enjoys the fullest mail, telegraph and telephone facilities. The electric lighting is effectively done, and the planting of mast 100 to 150 fee high in prominent parts of the city, with powerful lights at their heads, is a novelty, but is also extremely beneficial and gives abundant light, covering a large area. The systems employed are the incandescent and the arc. There are within the city limits upwards of five miles of electric street railways and the system extended beyond has done much towards the advancement of the city, as it has made all points easy of access. The inauguration of this modern improvement is largely due to the energy of the Hon. D. W. Higgins, the president of the company. Property has largely increased in value along the line of the tramway, and residences being built further out of town. As showing the wonderful growth of the city, it may be mentioned that in 1881 the white population was 6,800, and the assessed valuation of property $2,749,075. In 1891 the white population was 19,015 and the assessed valuation $17,700,000, and when the new city limits are included, in 1892, the assessment will be increased by about $7,000,000. The old city limits covered an area of about 1,800 acres, but during 1891 the limits were extended and now occupy an area of over 5,400 acres, or about 8 ½ square miles. The almost perfect sanitary system and the plentiful good water supply tend much toward the prevention and spread of sickness, and an extension of the sewerage system is now in course of construction, involving an expenditure of $250,000. The financial condition of the corporation is sound and substantial. The assets, taken on a thoroughly commercial basis, are more than triple the liabilities; the burden of taxation is extremely light, being only one per cent on the assessed values, the assessment being made on an extremely low basis. There is also a small indebtedness against the city, but the assets, by way of waterworks, municipal buildings and real estate alone are over double the amount. In addition to the daily service to the mainland by the fast and magnificent steamers, Victoria is connected with San Francisco, China and Japan by regular lines of steamships.

Health of the City

As a healthy resort Victoria stands pre-eminent on the whole Pacific coast, the death rate in 1890 being only twelve per thousand, and even these low figures are considered high. The health officer, Dr. Milne in his report for that year says: "It is gratifying to note, although we had a visitation of la grippe last winter, and the fact that the city has increased in a marked degree in population, there were only 24 internments more than last year, while of this number a larger proportion than usual were from drowning and other accidents." The extraordinary low death rate may in a great measure be accounted for on account of the city occupying such a salubrious situation, and possessing as it does such a wonderfully fine climate. To this may be added the intelligent attention which is give to its sanitary, cleanly, and healthy condition.

Roads and Attractions

The streets in the city are all well macadamized and are kept in excellent condition. Outside the city limits, the roads are equally good and furnish most excellent and charming drives, leading through lovely scenery, and to many elevated points, notably in the vicinity of the residence of the Lieut.-Governor, Blanchard avenue, head of Pandora avenue, Church hill, and from Mount Tolmie, the eye is enchanted with the picturesqueness of the landscape, and the pretty houses embowered in ivy, honey-suckle, and other creeping plants and neatly trimmed lawns, from theses eminences views of the straits of Fuca, and the snow capped Olympic range, on the one hand, vie in grandeur with the island dotted Gulf of Georgia and its back ground of Cascade mountains. To the tourist Victoria offers many attractions. The scenery is grand, the drives and resorts numerous, and among the many advantages she can boast of, not the least is that the sportsman can within easy distance from the city roam over undulating downs and grassy hills, enriched by the most romantic surroundings, and fill his bag with quail, snipe and grouse, or bring to earth the bounding deer, -amongst other fish, the lively trout, and in the bays of the sea the wily salmon, with which the waters are at all seasons stored.

Climate

The climate is all that could be desired, always cool and pleasant in summer, the evenings are somewhat chilly even then, but never cold in winter. The thermometer rarely falls below 16 degrees above zero. It is remarkably dry for this section of the country, the average rainfall only being about 34 inches. On no other point of the coast north of San Francisco is the rainfall so small. The air, however is sufficiently charged with moisture to prevent drought. The humidity of the atmosphere, and the mildness of the climate, modified and tempered as it is by the Japan currents, makes the vicinity of Victoria admirably adapted for

Fruit and Horticulture

and that it is the garden spot of Canada has never been appreciated or understood, even on seemingly poor and light soil fruits grow and yield the most magnificent returns. Pears for instance are generally supposed to require a heavy, rich, dark soil in order to obtain successful results, but here gravely ridges, apparently worthless and possessing little or no nutrition, are capable of producing this fruit to perfection. Here where the land is directly affected by the sea breezes, where the atmosphere is humid and the climate genial, grapes can be raised in great abundance, especially the hardy varieties. Peaches, prunes, apricots, filberts and in fact any fruit grown in the temperate zone attain here their highest perfection, and some of the finest specimens exhibited at eastern fairs have been the production of this section of the country.

Industries

Among the many industries of Victoria a few might be mentioned, particularly Messrs. Hall, Ross &Co.’s large roller flour mill in connection with their rice mills. The flour mills have a capacity of 200 barrels per day, and the rice mills about 20 tons per day. The wheat is partly raised in the interior, and partly in the neighbourhood. The rice is imported in the paddy from China, Japan and Siam, and is cleaned and made ready for market in the mills on Store street. The Albion Iron Works are the largest iron works on the coast north of San Francisco. They manufacture stoves and all manner of brass ware, besides engines of all descriptions and boiler making. Messrs. Spratt &Gray have a large foundry and machine works. The estate of Wilson Bros &Co. also do an extensive foundry business. There are two extensive furniture factories, besides several smaller establishments in the same line of business, and a large boot and shoe factory, shipping goods to the whole Province. Besides these industries, ship building, shad, door and lumber mills of all kinds, blacksmiths, farriers, an extensive blank book manufacturing, binding and rubber stamp making establishment, manufacturing jewellers, brick makers, marble works, breweries, a paper mill, and other manufactories and businesses too numerous to mention.

The Press

The press in Victoria is ably represented. There are two daily papers, each publishing a weekly edition. There is also one weekly commercial journal. The Colonist, the pioneer newspaper in the Province, having been established in 1858, issues every morning except Monday, and is in politics Conservative. It is one of the most complete establishments in Canada, occupying a handsome building on Government street, and does a large general job printing business and lithograph work of all kinds, especially the printing of hundreds of thousands of coloured labels used by the salmon canneries of British Columbia. The Times issues every evening except Sunday. Established in 1884, it exhibits enterprise, neatness and good business ability in the management; its politics are Liberal.

Progress in Building

The building industry has kept pace with many other growing industries of the city. In 1883 building permits were granted to the value of $400,000. During the intervening years it proportionally increased year by year, until in 1890 it reached the high figure of $2,000,000, and during the past year an amount exceeding this considerably has been expanded. Amongst the many buildings lately completed and in progress may be mentioned the magnificent Agricultural Hall, Rock Bay hotel; the extensive Five Sisters’ block; Williams’ brick building, on Broad street; Jewell’s four-story brick block; Wilson &Dalby’s; the new City Market, to cost about $110,000; the new Driard hotel; Garesche, Green &Co.’s bank; the magnificent Roman Catholic Cathedral, a composite of brick and stone; Collector Milne’s new building; the magnificent Dallas hotel; new Gorge Road Methodist church; the Colonial Metropole, built by Thos. Tugwell; the handsome Janion hotel, on Store street; the New York hotel, on Yates street; the Pierre, Doane and Lange blocks on Douglas street are but an incomplete list of the many new brick, iron and stone buildings just completed, while mortar and brick and stone are laying on every street, showing plainly that in Victoria this is a building "age;" while the Church of England people are also taking active steps towards building a new cathedral which will cost, it is estimated, in the neighbourhood of $200,000. The Methodist denomination have also completed a magnificent stone church, costing over $80,000. Altogether, the city numbers over 4,000 buildings, consisting of wholesale and retail business blocks, hotels, warehouses, an opera house, churches and residences, many of them palatial in size and appearance. It is a source of satisfaction that while no undue real estate "boom" has landed in Victoria, at the same time a strong, healthy advance in property has been obtained, the increase of values in many cases 400 to 500 per cent, and the volume of business has been most satisfactory to our merchants, she enjoys the proud position of being the "gem" of this western portion of the Dominion of Canada.

Board of Trade

Although there is no Chamber of Commerce, Victoria has a living, active, influential and powerful Board of Trade, who are doing excellent work for the commerce of the city in fostering and encouraging its industries, and in guarding and protecting its rights and liberties. Their vigilance is ever watchful, and their promptness and energy in finding fresh fields of enterprise and new markets for their products are indefatigable and unceasing. Over 100 bankers, merchants, manufacturers, ship owners and professional men are enrolled as members, and they also prove their usefulness by working in harmony with the City Council, and are enabled to offer hints and suggestions to that body, calculated to promote the city’s interests and public good. The most prejudiced mind must admit that the prospects for Victoria are very bright.

Education

Victoria is admirably provided with the best facilities for the proper and advanced education of the youth of the city. The Central and High schools – three in number – are located on a fine healthy site, surrounded by ten acres of tastefully arranged grounds, and, combined, form on of the finest educational institutions in the Province. The buildings, constructed of Victoria bricks, are all separate of each other, and are designed specially for the use intended, being bright and cheerful, well ventilated, possessing a perfect sanitary system and furnishes with every necessary appliance for instruction. They comprise one high school for the advanced education of both boys and girls, one boys’ graded school of eight divisions, and a girls’ graded school of a similar number. There is also one graded school of three divisions in Victoria West and four ward schools in different parts of the city. At present there are about 2,000 pupils receiving instruction in these city schools alone, having a staff of thirty certified teachers, some of whom have graduated from colleges in Great Britain and Canada with high honours. The direct or detailed management of the city schools is under a board of seven trustees, three being appointed by the Government and four by the City Council. The salaries of the teachers are fixed by the Legislature and are very liberal. The total valuation of Victoria school properties, including land, buildings and equipment, stands on a moderate estimate at $175,000. The basis upon which the educational superstructure of the Province is built is broad, liberal and non-sectarian, and the object of the Act is to set forth clearly and decisively: "To give to all children a thorough, pure and secular education." The curriculum or course of studies in the Victoria high schools is of a very high standard, and it is necessary for any pupil seeking admission into any Dominion university to satisfy the examiners that such candidate is proficient, not only in elementary subjects taught in lower forms, but also in higher mathematics, classics, including Greek, natural philosophy, chemistry, zoology, botany and astronomy, algebra, general history and literature, in which candidates to pass must obtain at least 40 per cent of the required marks in each subject. This is the requirement laid down by the Education Board. The convocation, which consists of 127 members (see list of names of members in Provincial information), graduates of some of the best Canadian, English, Scotch and Irish colleges, residents in all parts of the Province, have under consideration securing a site of twenty-five acres, charmingly situated in one of Victoria’s most salubrious and popular suburbs, over-looking the Straits of San Juan de Fuca, and in the near future suitable and complete university buildings will be erected.

Manufacturing Advantages

As the manufacturing centre of British Columbia, Victoria not only claims to occupy the leading position, but justly deserves this rank. The many natural advantages which the city posses offers inducements and opportunities which are unequalled by any other city in the Dominion, and in addition a constantly increasing home demand is by her admirable situation and unrivalled shipping facilities, in a position to reach the market of the entire world much more expeditiously and cheaply than almost any other point on the Pacific coast, a feature which cannot but invite the attention and command the consideration of all who may contemplate the erection of any industry – small or great – in this section of the country. So great are the advantages offered, so broad the field of operations, and so unlimited the resources upon which to draw, that the industries and manufactures of Victoria should be, and will be numbered by thousands instead of hundreds. South America, Australia, Japan, China, India and Oceania are open for all, and in closer proximity to this city than any other north-western point.

With the development and utilization of the inexhaustible iron resources abounding on Vancouver Island, it seems, in the condition of things to-day, but an idle tale to point out the grand opportunities and fields of operation which this single mineral affords, its cast deposits, and its unequalled purity, the abundance of timber for charcoal, limestone, and bituminous coal for coking purposes, and all that is now wanted to make pig iron, is will, brains and money. No better market can be found for these three commodities than at Victoria. What a revolution the first ton of pig iron would cause? It would be the harbinger of immense rolling mills, the supercedence of iron for wooden shipbuilding, the manufacture of steel rails, and even the ordnance and armour plate might follow. Victoria is a wealthy place, people have become millionaires almost in spite of themselves, and would be ready to give substantial financial backing to this or any other enterprise calculated to encourage the growth and importance of the city and Province by turning to profitable account her many natural resources. Hitherto two things have militated against these developments, the scarcity and dearness of labour and the sparseness of the population. But these conditions will right themselves in time. Already that great transcontinental line, the Canadian Pacific Railway, is reaching out its arms to every part of the Province. Other railroads are now projected, and will soon be built, and good wagon roads are being constantly constructed, furnishing means for rapid and cheap transportation, working even in advance of the usual pioneers, and opening up for settlement and the development of its vast resources, the richest country in the world, and seeking to make Victoria, what she is sure to become, the greatest centre of the Pacific coast for all kinds of manufactories and industrial enterprises.

Social

As a truly social city, Victoria is almost alone on this coast. The chief aim of its business men being not solely the making of money, but a proper distribution of their time, between work and pleasure, office and home, commercial pursuits and social duties, and the obvious result is a people cheerful, intelligent, courteous and genial, always ready to join in the refined pleasures and social requirements for which the city is noted, and as well prepared to sternly meet every emergency and vicissitude of life.

Wealth broadly speaking is not the line which separates its contended and prosperous inhabitants into groups and clans, and while there is a dividing line, as there ever must be in cultivated society, it is not loudly proclaimed, nor visibly seen, being known more by intuition, and in consequence, acknowledged and felt as the only means whereby culture and refinement, intelligence and integrity are freed from the disregards and violations of social law, so often noticed in many new cities which are rising into prominence, and in which money, place, power and name are only thought of, and sought for. Here the foundation of society was firmly laid by the first English and Scotch settlers. Traders then, in the early days of the country, they are now the leading commercial men and manufacturers of the city, whose worth and character are recognized by all. Men who, while possessed of fortunes, make no vulgar display of their wealth. Quiet and unostentatious in manner, conservative in action and speech, retaining still the courtly grace and polish of the old school, they form an element highly respected, valued, and necessary to the solid reputation of the city.

Resorts In and Around Victoria

Agricultural Grounds — Situated near the Driving Park, in one of the principal avenues leading from the city to the romantic and picturesque shores of Cadboro bay, the electric street cars running directly to the grounds. A magnificent exposition was erected last summer. Victoria with her characteristic enterprise and public-spiritedness, combined with the association in furnishing the necessary funds, and this structure is not only an ornament to the city, but of inestimable value to the entire Province. The main portion is 60 x 180 feet, with two projecting wings from the centre of 25 feet each, making the entire width 110 feet, 52 large plate windows extending from the floor to the roof, making it almost a crystal palace. The main roof is 56 feet high, surmounted by an octagonal tower, rising to a height of 140 feet, having an open cupalo resting on a colonnade, which supports a flagstaff, making the total height of 170 feet. At either end of the building is an ornamental colonnade cupalo, giving the entire structure a very imposing appearance. Around the outer edge of the dome is an open balcony some 75 feet from the ground, from which a view of unsurpassable grandeur and loveliness is obtained, overlooking, as it does, a scenic picture unrivalled in natural charm and beauty. The ground floor of the main building contains 26,160 square feet. The entrances are at each end of the building through wide and lofty porte cocheres. From the centre of the main floor a handsome arcade rises to the galleries above, and forms an imposing feature of the interior decorations and finish. A magnificent ornate fountain beneath the arcade sends its curling spray amid rare exotic ferns and flowers, and adds life and brilliancy to the charming scene. The galleries, which contain 10,260 square feet of space, are used for lighter exhibits, and are reached by four wide staircases placed at the extreme corners, and from this elevated position a view of the entire main floor may be obtained.

Beacon Hill Park — Is the pride of the city, one of her chief ornaments and a bright jewel among the many which stud her crown of attractions. Lying to the south of city, and overlooking the Straits of San Juan de Fuca, it commands from its highest point a view of surpassing grandeur many miles in extent. Inland, the mountains and valleys of Vancouver Island stretch out their varied vistas to the delighted vision, dotted with city, hamlet and farm, sparkling with lake, and fringed with the emerald of noble forest, presenting a panorama upon which no one can gaze without acknowledging its surpassing beauty. The park is the resort of the athletic and sport-loving people. Nesting at the base of the hill and amid groves of grand old oaks and firs, beautiful lakelets peep out from shaded corners, and cosy retreats invite the wanderer to repose. Scattered here and there in attractive quarters may be seen some of the native animals and birds of the country, from the shaggy bear and grim wolf to the gentle deer and timid hare. It is a breathing place, a spot in which to forget the outside world with its care and anxiety, its bustle and confusion, and to find amid its tranquil scenes the rest and solace which nature freely offers to all her worshippers.

Clover Point — Is the most southerly point and is only a short distance east of Beacon Hill. At the end of this point is the mouth of the great main sewer now under construction.

Church Hill — Where the present Church of England cathedral now stands, commands a fine view of the city. On this site a new edifice will be constructed, said to cost $250,000.

Douglas Monument — Erected to the memory of the late Sir James Douglas, Governor of the colony, by the citizens of Victoria, among whom he was greatly respected and beloved. This site is a very beautiful one, situate in the grounds of the Provincial Government buildings on James Bay.

Foul Bay — Is situated at the south-eastern extension of the new city limits, and is a beautiful bay, however inaptly it may have been named. The drive there is charming, particularly the road passing Ross Bay Cemetery.

Gorge. — Reached by a lovely drive from the city, is another of the many attractive spots frequented by residents and visitors. The name amply expresses the nature of this enchanting retreat, but conveys only a faint conception of its beauties and attractions, its romantic scenery and its picturesque surroundings. An extension of Victoria arm, from the harbour facing the city, it winds among the hills north of the town, the silvery waters nestling among bowers of evergreen, only ruffled by the gentle zephyrs which fan its placid surface, and lapping the moss-grown, rocky banks which live on its shores. No words can describe, no brush portray the beauties of this exquisite scene. Here and there, spreading out into miniature lakes, and again into the gloom and shadow under the frowning headlands which tower above it then narrowing into a rushing torrent as it dashes through the closing defiles which seek to stay its progress, it is truly a scene of sylvan beauty, a retreat of quiet loveliness, a spot where health comes for the lingering, and recreation, for the simple acceptance of all it has to offer. Upon its liquid bosom dart the swift shells of the oarsmen, float the pleasure laden barge, and skim the white winged yacht. Upon its shores merry parties fill the dim old forests with shouts of joy and gladness, and gather the treasures of fern and flower, with which they abound.

Holland Point — Lies directly south of James Bay, and conveniently reached by the electric street railway, and Dallas road, it commands a fine view of the entrance to the harbour.

Indian Reserve — Contains about 108 acres on the west side of the harbour and is connected with the city by two bridges, one being that of the E. &N. Railway, which has a swing to allow the passage of vessels. A large number of Indians are generally camped on this reserve, especially in the fall of the year, when they come to Victoria to make their purchases of supplies, and which amounts to a large sum of money.

Laurel Point — At the entrance of James Bay and on which is located the large furniture manufactory of Sehl &Co.

Outer Wharf — Is situated at the entrance to the harbour and affords a landing place at all stages of the tide for the largest vessels afloat. Mr. R. P. Rithet, one of Victoria’s most enterprising citizens, owns the wharf, and is now having constructed a large breakwater and extension to this dock, which, when completed, will very materially increase shipping accommodations. The Pacific Coast Steamship Co.’s steamers call here twice every five days on their way to and from San Francisco, and arrangements have been made for the C. P. R. company’s and the Upton China lines of steamers to call here each way, the latter making this their terminal point.

Old Cemetery — In between Quadra and Vancouver streets, now never used for burial purposes, the new cemetery being at Ross bay. The first burying ground in Victoria was a small town lot, 60 x 120, at the corner of Johnson and Douglas streets, now the business centre of the city.

Ross Bay — Fronting on this bay is the new and beautiful cemetery above referred to, which will amply repay visiting.

Rock Bay and Esquimalt Road — Is at the north end of the city and is crossed by a long bridge over which the electric railway cars run to Esquimalt, which is reached in about fifteen minutes from the post office, Victoria, the distance about three and one-half miles; it lies on a peninsular separating the harbour from the Royal Roads. Its superior facilities caused the British Admiralty to select it for a naval station many years ago. Here are also an arsenal, where large quantities of naval and ordnance supplies are stored, a naval hospital, a dock yard and powder magazine. The Dominion Government have built an immense dry dock, sufficiently large to admit any of Her Majesty’s ships of war being docked therein. Its dimensions are length, 400 feet; depth, 26 feet; width of entrance, 90 feet. It is substantially built of concrete, faced with sandstone, at an expenditure of nearly $1,000,000. At Rock Bay are the Rock bay saw mills the largest excepting the Victoria Co.’s at Chemainus, on Vancouver Island, they have a capacity of 65,000 feet of lumber per day, besides 25,000 lath. These mills cover a large area, and are fitted up with all the latest and most improved machinery, having also in connection two completely equipped planning mills. Two engines - 16 x 18 and 20 x 24 with three 24 feet boilers, each containing five 9-inch flues – furnish the motive and generating power, sawdust alone being used as fuel, which is also supplied to the Electric Tramway Company, on the opposite side of Constance street. The refuse is burned in the immense furnace attached to the mills, while the slabs, which in so many mills are similarly disposed of, find a ready sale in the suburbs and outlying districts. These mills, together with the lumber camps and steamer "Hope," give employment to over 150 hands.

Royal Jubilee Hospital. — This noble institution, supported by the benevolence and charity of the city, entered upon its career of mercy, May 22, 1890, when it was formally opened by H. R. H. the Duke of Connaught, during the visit of the Royal party here, and is one of the gifts in honour of Her Majesty’s jubilee year from the citizens of Victoria. Its total cost was something over $55,000 exclusive of the handsome grounds upon which it is located, which amount was raised partly by private subscription, supplemented by a grant of $20,000 from the local government, and to-day stands as a monument to the beneficence of its founders and a credit to the city. The electric railway runs past the hospital grounds on the Cadboro Bay road, which by its picturesque surroundings, has grown largely in favour, and is fast becoming one of the popular residential portions of the city.

Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., Limited

This Company was incorporated in the spring of 1883, and commenced business with the steamers "Princess Louise," "Enterprise," "Otter," "R. P. Rithet," "William Irving" and "Reliance." Shortly afterward the steamers "Western Slope" and "Gertrude" were purchased, and in July of the same year the fast and commodious steamer "Yosemite" was added to the fleet, which has since been increased by the purchase or building of the following steamers and steamships, viz: "Wilson G. Hunt," "Maude," "Premier," "Sardonyx," "Islander" and "Danube," thus placing the company in a position to transact any business in connection with water transportation that the public may demand, and offering superior inducements for the public patronage, by the number of steamers being a guarantee to fulfil any undertaking in the water transportation of British Columbia.

Daily trips are made between Victoria and Vancouver, connecting with Bellingham Bay and British Columbia R. R. for Puget Sound ports, tri-weekly trips between Victoria and New Westminster, there connecting each trip, during river navigation, with river steamers of the same company, for Hope, Popcum, Sumas, Chilliwhack, Langley and way landings on Fraser river; semi-monthly trips to Fort Simpson, Metlahkatla, Skeena River, Bella Bella, Alert Bay and intermediate ports on the Northern coast, which, when inducements are offered, are extended to ports on the West coast and those of Queen Charlotte Islands, carrying Her Majesty’s mails over these various routes.

Regular monthly trips are made to Alberni and ports on Barclay Sound. Trips are also made to Bute Inlet and other points, as occasion requires. During the tourist season of 1892, trips will be extended to Alaska.

This company has been since its inauguration under the able management of Captain John Irving. The Board of Directors are:
T. R. Smith (President,) Sir J. W. Trutch, Thos. Earle, Esq., M. P., R. P. Rithet, Esq., Capt. John Irving (Manager,) and Messrs. F. W. Vincent, G. A. Carleton and C. S. Baxter fill the positions of Assistant Manager, General Freight Agent and General Passenger Agent.

The general offices of the Company are at No. 64 Wharf street, being adjacent to their wharves and warehouses.



Source: Williams' British Columbia Directory, 1892, pp. 407-418.