I’ve wanted to look around Victoria, B.C. for London Heritage Hotspots for a while now. Today I got my chance.
Victoria is on the south end of Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada and close to the American border. It’s Canada’s most English city, or at least, it’s a Canadian version of what England might be like.
For fun, I’ve made a short video quiz about Victoria and its London, or at least English, connections.
There are also some things in here that show off Victoria’s charm and have nothing in particular to do with England.
Here are the questions. They follow the order of the clues in the video, with a few minor exceptions.
How many can you answer without looking them up?
I’ll post the answers separately next week.
- Can you find (in the video) a cairn for Fort Victoria?
- There are three explorers in this video. The first explorer didn’t come from London but you can find a statue of him in a prominent place there. Who is he and where is the statue?
- For whom is the city of Victoria named?
- That person (in #3) held two positions of high rank, one higher than the other. What were they? (The two clues for this are not in order in the video, you’ll have to watch for the second one after you have seen #12.)
- What kind of transport has Victoria copied from London?
- Hard question: There’s a cryptic clue to another English monarch in the video. Who is it and what’s the clue?
- Some say the British Columbia Parliament Buildings have a feature like a very famous London building. What is the London building and what distinctive feature do they both have?
- The second explorer has no statue in London that I know of, but the very fancy statue of him in Victoria is shown in the video. Who is he and where is the statue? (There’s another clue about him in #13 if you need it.)
- Here’s a harder question: where is his grave?
- What sport, played in many countries in the Commonwealth, is shown in the video? We don’t play it much in Canada.
- The Canadian coat of arms has a number of recognizable symbols from the United Kingdom. What prominent part of the coat of arms is not from the UK or Canada?
- A uniquely decorated restaurant in the famous Empress hotel recalls the glory days of what former British colony? What’s the name of the restaurant?
- The second and third explorers are connected. The second explorer is the one in #8. He named an island after the third explorer, who was Spanish. If you haven’t already answered #8 correctly, try again. Who was the second explorer in this video?
- There’s a picture of St. Edward’s Crown carved on the stone pillar shown at the end of the video. Where is St. Edward’s Crown kept and what is it used for?
And those are all the things in the quiz, but in Victoria itself you can find a lot more evidence of the English. They were not the only important people here, I hasten to add, but I think Victoria has embraced “Englishness” for such a long time that people expect to find it here.
Here are a few notes about some non-clues that are in the video to add to your impression of Victoria.
The white tulips with the red marks will be around a lot this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The red marks form the shape of the maple leaf, making the tulip a floral version of our Canadian flag.
There is a statue of a lady with two pets. This is the artist Emily Carr with her monkey and her little dog. Emily Carr was born in Victoria to English parents, and lived here for much of her life, when she wasn’t off painting in the forests of British Columbia, or away studying art.
The statue of a crowned woman holding a wreath for victory and a dove for peace is a monument to the “MacPaps”, the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion who fought in the Spanish Civil War. I believe the woman is allegorical rather than a literal queen. In my video there is an extra stick making a bridge from dove to wreath but that isn’t part of the statue.
I love looking for London Heritage Hotspots wherever in the world they may be. I hope you enjoyed this.