For the last little while in humanities we’ve been learning about the history of British Columbia. All the things we learned connected to our field study which was going to Victoria for three days. During the trip our task was to create a video that was like a travel guide that had to connect to our driving question: How might we help visitors to Victoria connect with BC’s history? Here’s my video:
Before we went to Victoria the main things we looked at in class were the gold rushes, James Douglas and many other things. We learned that James Douglas signed the Douglas Treaty’s with the First Nations.
By signing the treaty it gave him control over the land. On that land he built Fort Victoria. He build this fort to stop the Americans from coming any farther north.
He also became the first governor of BC. We then learned about the gold rushes. The gold rushes brought a wave of around 30,000 people which multiplied the population of Victoria by ten fold, bringing people from all over the world. This is one of the main reasons there is such a diverse range of culture in BC.
For the video before we went on the trip we got some inspiration from Rick Steve’s and some other people who make videos about their travels.
We then did some research on the location or thing we had selected to do in Victoria which for me was the Ghosty Walks Tour. After that we planned out our shots and scripts so that when we got there we were ready to film.
To leave for the trip we had to wake up at 4:00am to be at the ferry by 7:00am from Seycove. Then we had a hour and a half ferry ride to Swartz’s Bay then 30 minute drive to Victoria.
For filming on the trip we all had a film partner, my partner was Jordyn. Filming on the trip was difficult because we were pressed for time.
We do so much cool stuff on the trip so I’ll just give you a couple of highlights. The first big thing we did was go to the Royal BC Museum which is the biggest museum in BC and has so many cool things to look at. We also went on the EAGLE tour which has nothing to do with eagles. It’s an acronym for Education and Appreciation Garnered through Listening and Exploring. I learned a lot about the First Nations during the tour.
We went back the next day and explore some more on our own and made these short fun videos:
The other really cool thing we did that days was the Ghostly Walks Tour which was what I chose for my video. The tour was really cool and the story’s were told really well. We learned a lot about the darker side of Victoria’s history. It was quite hard to film though because we went at night.
One of the coolest things we did the next day was visit the BC Parliament Building. It was amazing to actually go inside and we also got to watch the question period where the legislative assembly went back and fourth. I thought it was cool to see what actually happens. Then we met with our local MLA: Jane Thornthwaite.
After the parliament buildings we went and explored China Town. The China Town in Victoria is one of the largest in North America. We learned tons about the history on a tour with the same people that did the Ghostly Walks Tour: Discover the Past.
After we got back we were all very tired from the amazing trip we’d just been on. Over the course of a few weeks we managed to edit and revise our videos into what you saw at the beginning of this post