A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
The Province of
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The capital of British Columbia is Victoria.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for British Columbia: BC
Typical abbreviation for British Columbia: B.C.
Keeping in mind that Canada is officially bilingual, the French name for British Columbia is 'Colombie-Britannique' (which is abbreviated: C.-B.).
When the people of British Columbia refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: While most of British Columbia lies in the Pacific Time (PST/PDT) zone and observes daylight saving time, a portion of eastern British Columbia (roughly between the Rocky Mountains and the Alberta border) lies in the Mountain Time (MST/MDT) zone. Some of the communities in Mountain Time observe daylight saving time and others do not.
Canada has two official languages: English and French. English is the most common language spoken in British Columbia, where approximately 90% of the residents speak only English (ie- Anglophones).
Nickname for British Columbia: "The Pacific Province"
Provincial Motto: "Splendor Sine Occasu" (Splendour without diminishment)
Provincial Bird: Steller's Jay (cyanocitta stelleri)
Provincial Tree: Western Red Cedar (thuja plicata donn)
Provincial Flower: Pacific Dogwood (cornus nuttalli)
Confederation: British Columbia joined the Confederation on Jul 20, 1871.
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