Hello from Victoria, BC! We spent our last day here walking in the footsteps of Emily Carr. I am fascinated by Emily, her art and her writings. Walking in her neighbourhood was a great adventure for me. We began on the street where her family home is located.
Here are some of the old houses on Government Street:
Carr’s House is located at 207 Government Street:
Next to the house stands the old caravan that she used for her sketching trips during the summer months. She called it The Elephant. She arranged to have it towed to different sites not far from Victoria. She shared the caravan with her monkey, rat, and four dogs.
To be able to visit the inside of the house you need to book an appointment online. The number of people allowed to be inside is very limited. But the guided tour is fascinating:
Emily’s father, Richard Carr:
Carr’s House was one of very few houses that had a full bathroom:
This old and impressive inn is also located on Government Street. It is here that Emily died in 1945.
In 1912, she built a house on land she had inherited from her father, not far from her family house on Simcoe Street. She called it the House of All Sorts. It was divided into four apartments. Her plan was to rent out three apartments and to keep the fourth one for herself. She needed the rental income to support herself.
Today, the house is used as Bed and Breakfast, I wish I knew it before I went to Victoria.
Both houses are located near Emily’s favourite Beacon Hill Park:
Emily died in Victoria and her family grave is in Ross Bay Cemetery. To get there from Beacon Hill Park you need to walk for about 30 minutes.
I love Emily’s Victoria. The totem poles were in this park in 1940s before she died.
Her bronze statue is also on Government Street, in the heart of the town:
Victoria also remembers young residential school victims:
Here are some views of BC’s Coast Mountains.
And the wildfires: