British Columbia Facts

British Columbia Facts
British Columbia is a Canadian province located on the west coast of the country. Sometimes referred to as BC, this province is bordered to the south by Idaho, Montana, and Washington, to the north by Yukon and the Northwest Territories, to the northwest by Alaska, to the east by Alberta, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. The coastline of British Columbia is more than 17,000 miles long. The capital city of BC is Victoria, located on Vancouver Island. BC was named by Queen Victoria, in reference to the Columbia District of the region and the word British was chosen to differentiate it from the Columbia District in the U.S.
Interesting British Columbia Facts:
European Captain James Cook was the first to explore Vancouver Island. The first to map the island was George Vancouver.
Alexander MacKenzie, David Thompson, and Simon Fraser were the first to explore the interior portions of British Columbia.
The original residents in BC, prior to the arrival of explorers, were First Nations people including the Tlingit, Shuswap, Chilcotin, Haida, and Sekani tribes.
British Columbia became the 6th province of Canada on July 20th, 1871 when it joined the confederation.
The provincial mammal of BC is the Kermode Bear - a white colored black bar - which is very rare. It is also referred to as the Spirit Bear.
BC is home to 25% of all of the black bears in Canada and 25% of the grizzly bears in North America.
BC's provincial flower is the Pacific Dogwood. The provincial tree is the western red cedar.
There is a tree on Meares Island in BC believed to be as old as 2000 years. It is called the Hanging Garden Tree.
BC is a popular and growing wine region. It is also a top three producer of blueberries and cranberries in the world.
It is estimated that more than 50% of the residents in British Columbia live in Vancouver's Metro area.
BC covers about 10% of the land area of Canada.
BC's largest provincial park is Tweedsmuir Park. It is 989,616 hectares in size.
British Columbia is so large that only 30 countries in the world are larger than the province.
BC has many sasquatch sightings, the first dating further than 200 years ago.
The warmest freshwater lake in Canada is BC's Osoyoos Lake.
BC's longest river is Fraser River. It is 1,399 km in length. In 2012 a 500kg sturgeon fish was caught by rod, and released in the Fraser River.
BC is the only Canadian province that shares two borders with the U.S.
It is estimated that half of the residents of BC are not native English speakers. Chinese is the second most common language in BC, following English.
There are many people living in BC in areas not serviced by the power grid, and they rely on solar, wind, and sometimes generators for their hydro.
The film and television industry in British Columbia is growing, with more than 25,000 people working in the industry. The Twilight movies were filmed in British Columbia.

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