Princess Margaret in Canada, 1958

Princess Margaret visited Canada to mark the centennial of the Colony of British Columbia on this day in 1958, 65 years ago, visiting seven Canadian Provinces on an extensive four-week Tour of Canada to promote Canadian Tourism.

Princess Margaret spent two weeks in the province of British Columbia, basing herself in Victoria and also visiting: Peace River Gorge below Fort St. John, Comox, Courtenay, Fort Langley, Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Okanagan, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Royal Roads Military College, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, and Chilliwack where parades, street dances and a Naval Review awaited her.

One of the highlights of the Tour was a magnificent Ball hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in honour of Princess Margaret (wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara and the Pearl Earrings) at Government House in Victoria, one of a series of glittering evening events.

Afterwards, Princess Margaret went to Banff National Park and Calgary in Alberta, Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis Valley, and Halifax in Nova Scotia, Fredericton in New Brunswick, Hull, Montreal, and Quebec City in Quebec, and Toronto, Niagara Falls, Stratford, Galt, Hamilton, and Ottawa in Ontario before returning to England.

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