British Columbia (BC), one of Canada’s provinces, offers endless outdoors possibilities. Being one of the most beautiful provinces British Columbia boasts of rainforests, lakes, coastal waters, and high mountains. It’s your go-to place for skiing, hiking, and becoming one with nature!
People from many countries and cultures from all around the world have found their home in British Columbia. To stay true to its diversity in population and natural beauty we’ve prepared 40 fun facts about British Columbia that just might surprise you!
Situated on the West Coast, British Columbia is the third-largest province in Canada.
Queen Victoria was the one who gave the name to British Columbia.
British Columbia became the 6th province in Canada after joining the confederation on the 20th of July, 1871.
A bill to accept British Columbia’s Day was presented in parliament in 1974.
Usually, BC’s day is celebrated on the first Monday of August.
The Fraser is the longest river in British Columbia at 1,399 km.
One of the oldest known Western Red Cedar trees “The Hanging Garden Tree” is on Meares Island. It’s estimated that the tree is between 1,500 and 2,000 years old!
Prince Rupert on the west coast of British Columbia is the wettest city of Canada, a title given by The Weather Network, with a total of 2593.6 mm of rain per year.
BC’s flag represents a collection of different symbols. The Royal Union Flag at the top represents the British Heritage. King Edward’s Crown at the centre represents the royal family. The setting sun on the lower half shows the western location of the country. The location between the Rockies and the Pacific is shown by the blue and white lines.
3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 6 National Parks, and over 400 regional parks can be found in British Columbia.
British Columbia has 1030 parks and protected areas.
Two-thirds of the province, an area larger than France, is forest land, and more than half of that area has had little or no human contact.
British Columbia has the mildest climate among all provinces and territories of Canada. In BC flowers often start blooming as early as February.
It’s one of the top 3 producing regions of cranberries and blueberries in the world.
The Spirit Bear is British Columbia’s provincial mammal, a rare black bear with white fur.
Francis Kermode, a local museum worker was among the first to discover the Spirit Bear and the bear was named after him.
In British Columbia, there is one in four North American grizzly bears and a quarter of all black bears in Canada.
Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary the Khutzeymateen Provincial Park is situated in Northern British Columbia.
5% of the local land is a protected area, home to more than half of Canada’s wildlife, and fish species.
Vancouver’s quaint and famous “Gastown” area is in British Columbia along with many other National Historic Places.
Film fans, be patient, these last facts are just for you! Greater Vancouver and nearby areas have become one of the biggest film production centres in North America fairly earning the nickname “Hollywood of Canada”.
Series such as Supernatural, Criminal Mind, Lucifer, and The Flash, are filmed on locations in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s also the shooting location for The Vampire Diaries and Riverdale.
The first child born in Canada on the 100th celebration of Canada Day was actress, Pamela Anderson. She was born on the 1st of July, 1967, in Ladysmith, British Columbia. Therefore Pamela Anderson is known as Canada’s “Centennial Baby”.
In British Columbia, more than 25,000 people have a career in the film industry.
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