Symbols of British Columbia

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British Columbia is one of Canada's provinces, and has established several provincial symbols.[1]

Flag of British Columbia.svg

Official symbols[edit]

Symbol Image Adopted Remarks
Coat of arms Coat of arms of British Columbia
Coat of arms of British Columbia
October 15, 1987 Granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II [1]
Motto Splendor sine occasu
(Splendour without diminishment)
October 15, 1987 Granted with other elements of the coat of arms by Queen Elizabeth II
Shield of arms Shield of arms of British Columbia 1906 Granted by King Edward VII
Flag Flag of British Columbia
Flag of British Columbia
1960[1] Duplicates the design of the shield of arms of British Columbia
Flower Pacific dogwood
Cornus nuttalli
Pacific dogwood
1956[1]
Mammal Spirit bear
Ursus americanus kermodei
Spirit bear
April 2006 Also called Kermode Bear
Bird Steller's Jay
Cyanocitta stelleri
Steller's Jay
December 1982 Voted by the people of British Columbia[1]
Tree Western Redcedar
Thuja plicata donn
Western Redcedar
February 1988[1] Western Red Cedar is a valuable economic resource of the province
Gemstone Jade
Jade
1968 Jade is mined in many parts of British Columbia
Tartan Blue, white, green, red and gold 1974 Symbolising the ocean, dogwood, forests, the maple leaf and sun on the shield and flag

Other symbols[edit]

Symbol Image Adopted Remarks
Provincial Government Symbol "Spirit of BC" (Flag Graphic)
Spirit of BC/Flag Graphic
1983 This was the symbol of the Government of BC from 1983 to 2003. It was a stylized graphic of the flag of British Columbia

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