Symbols of British Columbia

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British Columbia is Canada's most western province, 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
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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
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1906 Granted by King Edward VII. The shield can be found on the BC Coat of Arms, or also on highway route markers. They are almost the same, the only difference being the number of sun rays.
Flag Flag of British Columbia
Flag of British Columbia
1960[1] Duplicates the design of the shield of arms of British Columbia
Legislative Coat of Arms/Logo The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Coat of Arms or logo
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Great Seal The Great Seal of the Province of British Columbia
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Great Seal of British Columbia, entrusted by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia to the Attorney General of British Columbia
Emblem of the Lieutenant Governor Emblem of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Badge of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.svg
Standard of the Lieutenant Governor Standard of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.svg
Duplicated the design of the emblem of the Lieutenant Governor
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]
Fish Pacific salmon
Pacific salmon
February 2013
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
Tartan
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)
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1983 This was the logo of the Government of BC from 1983 to 2003. It was a stylized graphic of the flag of British Columbia. This symbol remains in use on current standard vehicle registration plates of British Columbia.
Provincial Government Symbol "The Best Place on Earth" slogan 2005 This symbol with the rising sun and the slogan, "The Best Place on Earth," was used by British Columbia from 2005 to 2011. David Greer, communications director with the Ministry of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government said "The change in leadership signalled a change in how government brands its products and materials... It's not going to be destroyed. It's just not being replaced."[2]
Provincial Government Symbol (current) Rising Sun Logo 2011 This symbol is the current logo used by the Province of British Columbia and is identical to the logo it replaced, but without the slogan "The Best Place on Earth."
Building British Columbia Parliament Buildings
British Columbia Parliament Buildings - Pano - HDR.jpg
1897 It is the seat of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Highway Route Marker
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Used to denote the route number for provincial highways for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Government of British Columbia. "Symbols of British Columbia". Retrieved 2007-01-16. 
  2. ^ WARD, ,DOUG. "B.C. no longer 'Best Place on Earth' as slogan gets replaced". www.vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.