I realized yesterday that despite two posts devoted to the Costume Museum I had not included any photos of actual costumes. Here are a couple. Above is a striking ensemble worn on official occasions by a former female Lieutenant-Governor that incorporates First Nations motifs. Below is a closeup of a jacket worn by a former male Lieutenant-Governor that uses a lot of gold braid - real gold braid - and there is so much of it on this jacket that it weighs in at thirty-five pounds (about fifteen kilos).
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!