BC Day is the first Monday in August

BC Day is the first Monday in August.
On this public holiday,
British Columbians relax with family and friends.
Many people travel on this long weekend
or camp and enjoy nature.

According to the United Nations,
“BC is the best place in the world to learn, live and play.”

A few facts about B.C.

1. Aboriginal people have lived in the area now known as BC
for more than 10,000 years.

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A dance at a Pow Wow in West Vancouver, BC
Photo by Nila Gopaul

2. A bill to begin a BC Day was first introduced in Parliament in 1974.

Flag of British Columbia.svgBC’s Provincial flag/Photo – Public Domain

3. British Columbia is between the ocean and mountains.
The four wavy white and three wavy blue lines on the BC flag
symbolize the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
BC is Canada’s westernmost province.
On the flag, the sun is setting.

The Union Flag on top reflects BC’s British heritage.
The crown in the centre symbolizes the Canadian Royal Family.

4. BC’s provincial mammal is the Spirit Bear.
Click here to read The Westcoast Reader story on the Spirit Bear.

5. BC’s provincial flower is the Dogwood.
The dogwood is on the front page of The Westcoast Reader newspaper.

A dogwood flower Photo by Bruce McKay/CC, Flickr

The dogwood is a flower native to BC.
Photo by Bruce McKay/CC, Flickr

6. The longest river in B.C. is the Fraser. It is 1,399 kilometres long.

Lillooet townsite and the Fraser river Photo by Colin J. McMechan/CC, Flickr

Lillooet townsite and the Fraser River
Photo by Colin J. McMechan/CC, Flickr

7. BC is about 10 percent of Canada’s land surface.

8. Only 30 countries in the world are bigger than BC.

9. Many movies are made in BC.
BC is North America’s fourth-largest film and television production centre.

Click here to read many more facts about B.C.

Originally written by Nila Gopaul and posted summer 2015.

Updated for 2017 by Patty Bossort.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, B.C.
Photo by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

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Written by Nila Gopaul. Originally posted to The Westcoast Reader, March 2015

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday.
On this day, people celebrate
the life of St. Patrick.
St. Patrick was born in the year 387.
He brought Christianity to Ireland.
Experts believe St. Patrick
died on March 17, 461.
So this is the day the holiday is observed.
Watch Irish dancing and listen to Irish language on the next page.

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