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british columbiaBritish Columbia, Canada

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

British Columbia is the western most Canadian province.  Victoria is the capital city.

The Rocky Mountains run down the border of Alberta and British Columbia and extend into the United States.

Check out our photo tour of British Columbia if you'd like to see more of the scenery of the province.

You can find out a lot of interesting information about the province at http://www.gov.bc.ca/

 

Cranbrook, BC

Photo by Leanne Guenther
little creek outside Cranbrook, BC

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flagThe Provincial Flag

The British Columbia provincial flag was adopted in 1960.  It depicts the Union Jack on the top.  The bottom shows blue and white wavy lines topped by a setting sun.  The lines represent the Pacific Ocean (BC's West coast) and the Rocky Mountains (BC's Eastern border)

 

flowerThe Provincial Flower

The Pacific dogwood was declared British Columbia's provincial flower in 1956.  It grows in the Western part of the province, mainly near streams.

 

birdThe Provincial Bird

The Steller's Jay was adopted as British Columbia's provincial bird on December 17, 1987.

It is an omnivore, feeding on eggs, insects, nuts, seeds and acorns.  Each year, breeding pairs lay 2 to 6 eggs.

Learn more about the Steller's Jay >

 

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