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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

The Victoria Centennial Fountain

Activated 2 August 1968 by Hon. W.A.C. Bennett, L.E.D.. Premier.

 
 
The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - Key Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - Key Plaque
Inscription. British Columbia was formed from four British Colonies and territories:
The Crown Colony of Vancouver Island 1845
The Dependency of the Queen Charlotte Islands 1852
The Crown Colony of British Columbia 1856
The Stickeen Territory 1862
Plaques on the fountain tell the origin of their union to become the British Columbia of today. The animal symbols are those from which all Indian Societies obtained their main totems of the four areas. The first impetus to exploration and settlement of the Pacific Northwest was provided by fur traders. The rare sea otter drew hunters to the North West coasts. Thousands of skins were taken by fur hunters of many nationalities. The sea otter has been chosen as the theme for the fountain centerpiece.

The Bear
(Interior Indians)
Gold on the Frasier and Thompson Rivers brought thousands of miners to the mainland. In 1858, to ensure British sovereignty, the Crown Colony of British Columbia was created and formally proclaimed at Fort Langley on November 19th. Its boundaries were progressively enlarged until by 1866 all British territory west of the Rocky Mountains was united under the name of British Columbia. In 1871 this Colony joined the Canadian Federation as the sixth province.

The Raven
(Haida Indians)
The Queen Charlotte
The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Bear image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Bear
Islands had been visited by Spanish, French and British, but were not named until the sailing ship “Charlotte” charted them in 1785-1787. Queen Charlotte was the consort of George III. No settlement ensued until rumours of the discovery of gold and possible American occupation led to the appointment of a Lieutenant-Governor (Sir James Douglas) in 1852. This dependency became a part of the mainland Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858.

The Wolf
(Tahltan Tlimeit)
Following the rush to Fraser River in 1858 the miners pushed northward to the Nass, Stickeen and Peace Rivers. To provide for government of the region the Territory of Stickeen was created in 1862. It survived only one year when a redefinition of the boundaries of British Columbia made it a part of the lower mainland colony.

The Eagle
(Kwakiutl, Nootka, Salish)
Vancouver Island, first occupied for Britain by Captain James Cook in 1778, became a centre for the fur trade. Named after Captain George Vancouver, the Crown Colony of Vancouverís Island was established in 1849 to buttress British sovereignty on the West Coast. In 1856 representative government was instituted and a Legislative Assembly elected. It was united with the mainland colony of British Columbia in 1866.
 
Erected 1968.
 
Location.
The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Raven image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
3. The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Raven
48° 25.107′ N, 123° 22.232′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is on Superior Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Superior Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Birdcages” (within shouting distance of this marker); Figures and Medallions of the Library Wing of Parliament Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Knowledge Totem (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Creation of the Province of British Columbia (about 240 meters away); The Mackenzie Papineau Battalion of the International Brigades (about 240 meters away); To Our Glorious Dead (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Netherland Carillon / History of the Carillon (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Kwakiutl Bear Pole (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
More about this marker. This marker consists of five parts, a key plaque and four animal symbols (bear, raven, wolf and eagle) with plaques surrounding the fountain.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Wolf image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
4. The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Wolf
The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Eagle image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
5. The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker - The Eagle
The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
6. The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker
The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
7. The Victoria Centennial Fountain Marker
The Library Wing of the Parliament Building is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,682 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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