STORY BY PAIGE GILMAR
It was supposed to be a day of festivities, until tragedy struck.
Celebrating Queen Victoria’s 76th birthday in 1896, the city named in her honour, the British Columbia capital, had pulled out all the stops. The multi-day party attracted hundreds of people, and its conclusion on May 26, was supposed to end with a military review and “sham battle” at Macaulay Point.
But as people travelled to the event by every conceivable method of transportation—boat, bicycle and buggy included, tragedy befell the city, triggering the worst streetcar accident in North American history: At about 1:50 p.m., the Point Ellice Bridge collapsed, sending 143 people into Victoria Harbour and killing 55 people.