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Emily Carr Memorial Footbridge

The “Emily Carr Memorial Foot Bridge” was officially opened in February, 1953. Emily Carr, Victoria’s most famous painter, died in 1945. Her sister Alice Carr donated $1,000 for the bridge. According to the Times, “It is set in one of the late artists’s favorite spots in the park, and it was there she spent many of her leisure hours.”

The concrete and stone footbridge at Douglas Street near Avalon replaced an old wooden bridge crossing the stream coming from Fountain Lake to Goodacre Lake. Stones used in the bridge were collected from a nearby beach on Dallas Road. A small plaque, mounted on the north side of the footbridge, states: “To the memory of my sister, M. Emily Carr, Canadian artist and writer. Born Victoria, B. C. December 13, 1871. Died March 3, 1945. Alice M. Carr.” Among those attending the ceremony were Alice Carr, Ald. Waldo Skillings and W. H. Warren. (Times, Feb. 13, 1953, p. 14)


Paintings by Emily are in the Friends of Beacon Hill Art Gallery


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