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British Columbia

british columbia's flag Canada's 6th Province Since 1871

British Columbia is known for it's natural beauty. Home of the Canadian Rockies, B.C. boasts some of the world's best skiing. Located on Canada's West Coast, B.C. has a booming lumber industry and a vibrant city life in Vancouver. British Columbia's capital is Victoria which is on Vancouver Island. The gulf islands which are in the Strait of Georgia are some of Canada's coolest spots to visit.

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Pacific Dogwood (Provincial flower)

Vancouver Canucks Banner

Mudge Island Light House in the Gulf Islands

Snowboarding in the mountains

Stellar Jay (Provincial bird)

British Columbia's Flag

Totem Pole Canada's First Nations

Skier in the Rockies

Killer Whale (Orca)

Victoria British Columbia's Capital

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population statistics

Provincial Population - 4,141,272 (2002)
Population of Vancouver - 2,136,200 (2002)
Population of Victoria - 322,100 (2002)
Males - 2,053,091 (2002)
Females - 2,088,181 (2002)
Ages 0-14 - 718,126 (2002)
Ages 15-64 - 2,871,326 (2002)
Ages 65+ - 551,820 (2002)

environmental statistics

Area km2 - 944,735
Land km2 - 925,186
Fresh Water km2 - 19,549
% of Canada - 9.5%
Forest Land km2 - 605,600
Highest Point - 4.663 m
Snow Fall Vancouver - 54.9 cm / year
Snow Fall Victoria - 46.9 cm / year
Largest Lake - Williston - 605.6 km2

Provincial Moto:

SPLENDOR SINE OCCASU:
Splendor without diminishment

Flag

british columbia's flag The Union Jack occupies the top third of the flag, the crown represents the court of King Edward VIII. The three blue on white stripes represents the Pacific ocean. The sun signifies that British Columbia's location is the most westerly province of Canada. The shield was designed by Rev. Arthur John Beanlands.

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Flower: Pacific Dogwood

british columbia's flower The Pacific Dogwood was adopted as British Columbia's floral emblem in 1956. It is actually a tree that grows 6 to 8 meters tall. Small cream to greenish flowers grow in bunches and are surrounded by large pointed leaves. It is against the law to harm this tree in B.C.

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Bird: Steller's Jay

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Tree: Western Red Cedar

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Coat of Arms

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See British Columbia Videos

Video of Whistler Mountain, British Columbia - 3.2 Mb

Whistler was home to the 2010 winter olympic games, and while this movie is from the summer you can still see the snow that makes this one of the best resorts in the country. People still ski and ride in July but there are also lots of summer activities like mountain biking, hiking, skate boarding and just hanging out.

Video of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia - 3.8 Mb

In the heart of downtown Vancouver, with a view of the water, city and mountains is the world famous Stanley Park. This 400 hectare park is named after Governor General Lord Stanley and was opened in 1887. Guess "the cup" isn't the only great Canadian institution to have the Stanley name!

Video of Vancouver, British Columbia - 6.2 Mb

WOW, Vancouver is such a big city with so many attractions it would be tough to get it all in to a short movie. Here is a quick run through including the water front, Gas Town, Granville Island and a bunch of other interesting sites.

Video of Tofino and Ucluelet, British Columbia - 3.9 Mb

On the Western shores of Vancouver Island are the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet. The forests surrounding the towns and the beach filled coast in between are a playground for surfers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts of all stripes.

Video of Cathedral Grove, British Columbia - 2.9 Mb

Near Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island is a stand of old growth trees called Cathedral Grove. These ancient trees survived a fire about 350 years ago and some are now 800 years old.



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