Page, Peter Hugh
1936

Rare pictorial map of Victoria, British Columbia with Ferry Routes

Saanich and the Malahat picturesque playground of Vancouver Island featuring the Scenic Circle via Mill Bay Ferry compiled in a lucid moment by Peter Hugh Page

DESCRIPTION: Rare pictorial auto map of Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada featuring the Mill Bay Ferry route as an element of the Scenic Circle auto route. The map features numerous small cartoonish drawings of local activities including golfing, hunting, fishing, gardening, and horse racing. No holdings of this rare pictorial auto route map are found anywhere else online, nor any record of sales. Dated within to 1936.

Locations noted on the map include Telegraph Beach, Victoria Golf Club, James Island, Sidney, Sidney Island, Esquimalt Harbor, and Cordova Bay.

On card stock, this unusual piece of cartographic ephemera includes the original string hanger still attached through two punched holes.

Recto with departure times for the Mill Bay Ferry from both Malahat and from Brentwood. Verso with a photo of the ferry - M.S. Cascade, an inset smaller-scale sketch map of the Victoria surrounding area, a mileage table, and text on points of interest and suggestions for the Scenic Circle drive.
"Ferry Trip across the placid waters of Saanich Arm, Sport Fishing preserve, where salmon up to 53-lbs. are taken and over fifty species of fish are found. From the Ferry can be seen Senanus Island, an ancient Indian burial ground, Bamberton Cement Works, Brentwood Cottage".
and
"A glance at the Map on the other side will convince you of the ease and simplicity of this Route. You can save MONEY, TIME and reduce your mileage from 83 to 45 by using this convenient connecting link [ferry] between Mr. BUTCHARTS GARNENS and the Famous MALAHAT DRIVE…"



Peter Hugh Page


Little biographical information is available online on Peter Hugh Page. Page authored several maps of Vancouver and Victoria during the end of the 1930's. Page's best known work is likely his map of Stanley Park, published in two editions, one before the construction of the Lion's Gate Bridge, the other shortly after. Page's greatest work I am aware of is the spectacular "Roadmap of British Columbia Highways" he authored in 1936 for Home Gas.

CREATOR: Page, Peter Hugh

PUBLICATION DATE: 1936

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Canada

BODY OF WATER: Haro Strait, Esquimault Harbor, Saanich Inlet

CONDITION: Good.  Solid. With appropriate age-toning. String hanger intact. Small fold upper left corner.

COLORING: Litho color.

ENGRAVER: Page: Victoria Mill Bay Ferry. 1936.

SIZE: 7 " x 10 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 78

PRICE: $495

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