-B.C. is the most western province in Canada and the third-largest.
-Alberta is to the east, and the Yukon and NWT are north .
-The Pacific Ocean is to the west.
-There are many islands off the coast that are also part of B.C.
-Capital city - Victoria ( on Vancouver Island )
-Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada.
-B.C.'s flower - Pacific Dogwood, bird - Stellar's Jay,
tree - Western Red Cedar.
-motto - "Splendour without diminishment"
-B.C. is the home to about 4 million people.
-The largest city is Vancouver.
-The Northwest Coast Native peoples live in B.C.
-People came from Britain, Western Europe, East and Southeast Asia,
Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
-B.C. has the largest Chinese community in Canada.
-The first people to live in BC : Tlingit, Sekani, Haida, Nootka,
Chilcotin and Shuswap.
-They fished for salmon and seals and hunted deer and elk.
-They built large wooden houses and carved totem poles.
-(1778) Captain James Cook a British explorer sailed to B.C.
-George Vancouver mapped the coastline.
-Fur trading posts were built.
-(1857-1858) Fraser Valley Gold Rush brought many people.
-B.C. became a province in1871 .
-Canadian government promised to build a railway to B.C.
-Thousands of Chinese labourers arrived to help build the railway.
-Many stayed when the railway was finished.
-British settlers came by train to the west coast.
LAND AND WATER
-The Fraser River is one of the largest rivers in Canada.
-Both the Fraser and the Columbia River flow into the Pacific Ocean.
-Ferry boats take people to and from the Islands off the coast.
-There are six national parks in B.C.
-Coastal Mountains and Rocky Mountains are two large mountain ranges.
-Forestry is the largest industry. Forest covers half of B.C.
-B.C, has the largest and oldest trees in Canada.
-B.C.'s mountains, parks and beaches attract many tourists.
-Mining is the third-largest industry.
(copper, coal, gold, silver, zinc, sulphur, asbestos)
-B.C. has the largest fishing industry in Canada.
(salmon, halibut, clams, cod, crab, oysters, rockfish, shrimp
-Fraser Valley has cattle and dairy farms and farms that grow fruit
-There are many orchards in the Okanagan Valley.
( apples, cherries, peaches, apricots,
PEOPLE and PLACES
-Emily Carr (1871-1945) - painted the West Coast Aboriginal people
-Terry Fox (1958-1981) - tried to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research
-Chief Dan George (1899-1981) - actor and poet
-Stanley Park in Vancouver is one of Canada's biggest city parks
-Tourists come to ski at Whistler Mountain and other ski resorts in B.C.
|an aquarium, gardens, beaches, trails and
totem poles carved out of wood by the native people of the west coast.|
-Okanagan Valley is known for the warm weather, wineries and as a fruit-growing region.