This is the second of an occasional series going through the 10 Provinces of Canada in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest.
Location – British Columbia is the westernmost Province of Canada. It has borders also with Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Origin of name – the name was chosen by Queen Victoria, herself and related to the existing Columbia River.
Nicknames – Beautiful British Columbia, The Pacific Province
Capital – Victoria – named for Queen Victoria but the largest city in British Columbia is Vancouver
Flower – Pacific Dogwood
Tree – Western Red Cedar
Signature foods – Nanaimo Bars
Famous places to visit – Whistler, Stanley Park, Emerald Lake
Famous businesses/brands – BC Hydro
Famous people from British Columbia – Michael Buble, Pamela Anderson, Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, anyone?), Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell