Emily Carr House – A Canadian National & Provincial Heritage Site.
(2022) Tours available by appointment on Saturdays this spring. Tours must be booked in advance.
Tours last 1 hour
Admission is by donation, and we recommend $5 per person. More tour dates will be added in April.
We welcome you to come and learn more about this famous Canadian artist and writer by touring the beautifully appointed and restored rooms of her childhood home. Throughout the season we will be hosting contemporary art exhibitions- look for details under Events. If you are like Emily and love animals you may be lucky enough to encounter our Carr House Cats! Check out their adventures on our blog posting. Our gift shop is stocked with all of Emily’s beautifully vivid narratives, including her Governor award winning book, Klee Wyck. We also, have a fine selection of her poster and print images.
For more information, please, contact:
Jan Ross, Curator (250) 383-5843.
Emily Carr was born on December 13th, 1871. She was the eighth of nine children and because it was the year BC joined confederation, she was the first of her family to be born Canadian. She was fiercely proud of that. Her childhood home is now owned by the people of British Columbia and is both a National and Provincial Historic Site. Emily Carr House is an intrepretive centre open to the public dedicated to her life, her art and her writings. Although often misunderstood by her family they loved her dearly and she them. We know this from her many autobiographical writings.
In describing her life we however turn to the words of two of her most stalwart friends- her editor, Ira Dilworth and the artist, Lawren Harris.
Harris says of her: “The work of Emily Carr and the circumstances in which it was achieved are unique in Canada. She was a passionate, powerful and creatively determined individual who turned fully to her beloved woods and skies and Native Villages. From the earliest work of her girlhood and on into the work of her last years, in hundreds of paintings and sketches, there unfolds the inner story of a vital adventure, full of intense struggle to achieve and the reward of the living embodiment in paint of her love.”