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BC FACTS

 

Capital: Victoria

Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu
(Splendour without diminishment)

Why BRITISH? Why COLUMBIA?
The story of how BC got it's name

Provincial Flower: Pacific Dogwood

Highest Point: Fairweather Mountain: 4,663 meters

Entered Confederation with Canada 20 Jul 1871

Population

YearBCVancouverGreater
Vancouver
VictoriaGreater
Victoria
Prince
George
1871 36,247 ------3,270------
1881 49,459 ------5,925------
1891 98,173 13,709---16,841------
1901 178,657 26,133---20,816------
1911 392,480 95,235---31,660------
1921 524,582 117,217---38,727---2,053
1931 694,263 246,593---39,082---2,053
1941 817,861 275,353377,44744,068---2,027
1951 1,165,210 344,833530,72851,331103,9944,703
1961 1,629,082 384,522---54,941---13,877
1971 2,184,621 426,2561,082,35261,761195,80033,101
1981 2,744,467 ---1,268,183---233,48167,559
1991 3,282,061 471,8441,602,50271,228287,89771,000
1996 3,724,450 514,0081,831,66573,504304,28775,150
2001 3,907,738 545,6711,986,96574,125311,90272,406

Geography

Total Area: 947,800 sq. km of which 929,730 sq. km. land surface and 18,070 sq. km. is freshwater surface.
This represents 9.5% of Canada and makes BC the third largest province.
Length of coastline: 17,856 km.
Topography: The province in mostly mountainous with deep river valleys. However the north-east part of the province is an extension of the Central Plains.
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