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British Columbia In Symbols

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If you live in Canada, can you identify your province’s tartan? And what about your provincial fish, gemstone, mammal, and tree?

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Wait, we have provincial tartans? Apparently. Here is B.C.’s:

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Victoria’s Earl K. Ward designed the official tartan of B.C. in 1967; it was officially adopted by the province in 1974. Each colour in the tartan represents a signature aspect of British Columbia:

i. White is for our official flower: the Pacific Dogwood

ii. Green is for our vast B.C. forests.

iii. Blue is for the Pacific Ocean

iv. Red is for the Canadian maple leaf

v. Gold is for the sun we spend much of the year craving, and the crown in the B.C. flag.

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Our other BC provincial symbols include:

Fish
Pacific Salmon

Gemstone
Jade

Mammal
The white-coatedĀ Spirit or Kermode Bear

Tree
Western Red Cedar

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www.justcurious.ca

Header Photo: Debby Hudson
Photo 2: Andy Wood

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