British Columbia was visited by many infamous explorers, including James Cook, Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser, and David Thompson. The discovery of gold drew the attention of the British Empire, and the United States, but it was Canada that would ultimately claim the lush lands for its own.
The provincial capital of Victoria, located on Vancouver Island, was originally known as Fort Albert. The name was changed to honor the British Queen in 1843. On August 2nd, 1862, the town of Victoria was officially incorporated. Two weeks later, the town elected it’s first mayor, Thomas Harris. Like many Canadian capitals, Victoria is now dwarfed by another nearby city which has been the hub of travel and trade in the province since the beginning of the gold rush.
Greater Vancouver area is home to over 2 million people.
2010 Winter Olympic games.
movie and television titles filmed in British Columbia include:
The X-Files - The sci-fi series about a mysterious branch if the FBI.
Fantastic Four - An action film based on the popular comic books.
Twilight: New Moon - The second film based on Stephenie Meyer‘s teen vampire saga.
Battlestar Galactica - Glen Larson’s hit sci-fi series.
Legends of the Fall - Starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.
Smallville - The adventures of young Superman.
Plenty of screen and stage stars have also made their way from B.C. to the halls and walks of fame. Some of our home-grown celebrities include:
Ryan Reynolds - Vancouver
Nelly Furtado - Victoria
Jason Priestley - Victoria
Pamela Anderson - Ladysmith
Seth Rogen - Vancouver
Coco Rocha - Richmond
Jimi Hendrix, the infamous guitar god of the 1960’s, grew up in Seattle, but often lived with his grandmother on East Georgia Street in Vancouver.
Mary Ellen Smith was the first female Cabinet Minister in Canada and the British Empire. She began her political career as the first female member of the B.C. Legislature in 1918. Emily Carr is considered one of the greatest female artists in North America, as well as a feminist role model and champion of First Nations history.
Akane Designs - Handmade jewelry and Japanese crafts.
Bella Bijou Jewellery - Handmade jewelry with Heart & Soul
The Brynn Alexandra Fund - Stationary, jewelry and gifts for a good cause
Fly High Creations - Seasonal jewelry and gifts
Mireilles - Handmade Felt Scarves and Shawls
Momiji Studio - Kimono inspired scarves, purses and accessories
Mountain Man Creations - Handmade feather jewelry and gifts
Sushi Dragon - Original fantasy art and charms
There and Back Bags - Handmade bags and totes
The Sage’s Cupboard - Handmade metal-free jewelry
Yoyo Hats - Cheerful knitted hats and footwear
To see even more incredible creations by the Oh Canada team, include the tag “OhCanadaTeam” in your searches on Etsy.com.
Gemmy Dreams Tourmaline Ring
Bella Bijou Jewellery - Vancouver
West Coast Woman Necklace
The Sage's Cupboard - Nanaimo
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