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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47

A Foreigner's First Impression on landing in British Columbia

A Foreigner's First Impression on landing in British Columbia.

An American traveller, writing in 1872 to the Boston (United States) 'Globe,' said:—

"Victoria is emphatically a beautiful city, for, unlike the majority of "Pacific Coast towns, it deserves the name. The harbour is the prettiest on the

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"Pacific Coast. Coming up the harbour, you see the main part of the city "ahead of you extending into suburbs on both sides. The shores are rocky and "picturesque, and the houses and grounds around them have an air of neatness "rarely seen in so new a country. You are immediately struck on landing with "the fact that everything is English—the people have the unmistakeable "English look about them, and the flag and arms of England stare you in the "face at every turn."

Victoria has nine hotels, making up 534 beds, besides several suburban hotels. The resident population is about 5000. Visitors are numerous at all seasons.