British Columbia

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British Columbia (BC), is the westernmost of Canada's provinces and is famed for its natural beauty, as reflected in its Latin motto, Splendor sine occasu ("Splendour without Sunset (Diminishment)"). It was the sixth province to join the Canadian Confederation. Its residents are referred to as British Columbians. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria, the 15th largest metropolitan region in Canada. The largest city is Vancouver, Canada's third-largest metropolitan area.

By Canadians

  • As I was a-walking on down Broughton Street,
    To me, way, heigh, blow the man down,
    I went into Speedie's me shipmates to meet,
    Gi' me some time to blow the man down.
    • Source: Blow the Man Down (Halyard Shanty) song lyrics by Anonymous
    • C (December 5th. 2004). Folksongs of British Columbia: - “Blow the Man Down ” (in english). The British Columbia Folklore Society. Retrieved on 2008-01-12..
    • Notes:Broughton Street is in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. This song is a Pacific Ocean sea faring tune starting in Victoria.
  • A story I will tell you of the salty fisherman,
    Of all the little rivers and inlets of the coast,
    He seems to like Pender Harbour to bum around the most.
  • Bitter days, on the fishing grounds.
    And we tacked off Hippa, in a dirty lump,
    And the pigs were bouncing, man, and you could see them jump
    • Source: Fishing Grounds song lyrics by Ken Hamm
    • C (December 5th. 2004). Folksongs of British Columbia: - “Fishing Grounds.” (in english). The British Columbia Folklore Society. Retrieved on 2008-01-12..
    • Notes:The Queen Charlotte Islands on the west coast of British Columbia features Hippa Island near Graham Island. The Salmon fishing grounds are now called Haida Gwaii.
  • Downstream ever further from our native
    nowheres (paradise, wilderness)
    we ooh and aah harder over
    these sockeye come three hundred miles upstream
    • Source: Adam's River [John Pass] Governor General's Award poet
    • Pass, John (2000). Adam's River (in english). Poetry by John Pass : A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments. Retrieved on 02 10, 2013..
    • Notes: The Adams River, British Columbia features a famous Salmon run.
  • Here comes Henry Currie, he's always in a hurry
    Teaming up the Cariboo road
    He makes his horses go through the dust and through the snow
    Teaming up the Cariboo road
    • Source: Teaming up the Cariboo road song lyrics by Phil Thomas
    • Thomas, PHil (apr96). Teaming Up the Cariboo Road (in english). Retrieved on 2008-01-12..
    • Notes:The Cariboo Road (also called the Cariboo Wagon Road, the Great North Road or the Queen's Highway) connects Fort Yale to Barkerville, British Columbia.
  • Huge orange flying boat rises off a lake
    Thousand-year-old petroglyphs doing a double take
  • in a place called Canada West
    On Williams Creek they called me green
    and Johnny come lately
    But, ah, I came from Canada,
    I ain't from the old country
    • Notes: Williams Creek, British Columbia had a logging industry in the watershed area.
    • Source: Young Man from Canada
      Barry Taylor
    • Taylor, Barry (1997-2008). Young Man from Canada (in english). Folk Music Pages. Retrieved on 2008-01-12..
  • In Port Hardy one morning I cast off my lines
    The sea was all smooth and the weather just fine
    And for Castle Rock I was headed away
    Where the coho flash silver all over the bay
    • Notes: Port Hardy, British Columbia is located on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island.
    • Source: Where the Coho Flash Silver
      Lloyd Arntzen
    • Arntzen, Lloyd (1997-2008). DigiTrad: Where the Coho Flash Silver (in english). Folk Music Pages. Retrieved on 2008-01-12..
  • Leaving B.C.
    A thousand faces without names
    Unknown souls all look the same
    A thousand people pass me by
    In this city of dreams my soul
Source: Leaving B.C. Lyrics by The Unknownn
  • oh yeah these BC people
    oh yeah they make me feel fine
    oooo extreme are your seasons
    carving beauty as they rest

on through you I feel welcome
in your land, so lush and so fresh

    • Source: B.C. People Lyrics by Xavier Rudd
    • B.C. People Lyrics (in english). (2000-2007). Retrieved on 2008-01-12..
  • Plus, British Columbia's real nice
    This time of year
    And when she gets there
    She says she'll phone

The Elected - British Columbia lyrics from Me First album - Song Lyrics (in english). (2002-2006). Retrieved on 2008-01-12.

  • Stand with Baillie-Grohman in 1882
    on the shoulder of the Purcells gazing
    east and north up the Rocky Mountain trench
    but bear with his southwest intentions
    for the arable flood plain near Creston
    he'll sell once reclaimed from the Kootenay's high water
    re-routing its headwaters here with a trench of his own
    into the Columbia.
  • The flavour is its own reward, like kissing the whole world
    at once, rivers, willows, bugs and all, until your swollen
    lips tingle.
    • Source: Many Have Written Poems About Blackberries Stephanie Bolster Governor General's Award poet
    • Bolster, Stephanie (1997-2008). Many Have Written Poems About Blackberries (in english). The Fiddlehead #180, Summer 1994;. Canadian Poetry website University of Toronto and University of Toronto Library.. Retrieved on 2008-01-12..
    • Notes:The Himalayan blackberry is one of the most popular species which can be found growing wild in British Columbia's forests.
  • There's an island up north out in Queen Charlotte Sound

That the trollers know well when they're Prince Rupert bound When the easterly gale scuds the clouds 'cross the sun When the whitecaps come crashin', to God's Pocket they run. title = God's Pocket (song) accessdate = 2011-25-12 author = last = Wright first = Hillel date = 1990-08 work = Westcoast Fisherman Magazine pages = 1 language = english

"Notes": God's Pocket is a protected harbor on Hirst Island in Queen Charlotte Strait (but "Sound" rhymes with "bound"). Prince Rupert is a city in norther British Columbia and a major fishing harbour. Queen Charlotte Sound lies north of Queen Charlotte Strait and south of Hecate Strait. Submitted by Hillel Wright.
  • The testing of cruise missiles in Canada proved very contentious. The government explained its decision in both political and technical terms. Politically, testing demonstrated alliance solidarity over the modernization of NATO's nuclear deterrent. Technically, testing the missile over terrain similar to that of the northern Soviet Union would improve its effectiveness, and allow the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) to develop an anti-cruise capability. The tests would take place in a 2,200-kilometre test corridor that included parts of the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Tests could involve either releasing the missile in a "free flight" to its target, or allowing its guidance system to direct both the missile and the launch aircraft to the target in a "captive carry" test. The tests take several hours, and involve a number of aircraft in both Canada and the United States, from tankers to fighters to Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes. After the first few years of tests, attention shifted from monitoring the missile itself to attempting to track and intercept it. In order to simulate the climate of the northern Soviet Union, most cruise missile tests in Canada have taken place in the winter months.

2021 British Columbia and Washington floods

Meritt BC Flooding November 2021
Please do not hoard items ~John Horgan
Even the experts were just completely surprised by it. ~ John Horgan
  • Flooding is affecting many areas of BC
  • If you receive an evacuation alert: be ready to leave on short notice
  • If you receive an evacuation order: you are at risk and need to leave the area immediately
  • For latest updates follow
  • @EmergencyInfoBC
  • We know it's difficult but help is on the way
  • Work is underway to rescue those vehicles and those people now. While we continue to face challenging weather conditions, we can see an improved forecast ahead, which will assist with the recovery and reopening of roads.
  • Many people have been rescued by helicopters from mudslides near Agassiz and Hope, with crews working to rescue the remaining people in the next few hours
  • We were going westbound and there were huge lines of traffic ... and all of a sudden, I noticed there's no vehicles behind us, which was odd
  • We must have just missed the first [landslide] and now somehow we're between both of them
  • I definitely heard people screaming for help
  • It's kind of helpless to feel like you're between a very vulnerable mountainside side and the Fraser River on the other side. And there's really nothing you can do about it, but hope nothing comes down on top of you
  • So sorry to hear this (Police confirm the body of a woman has been recovered from a landslide on a highway near Lillooet BC. Two more people are believed to be missing and authorities believe there may have been other occupied vehicles that were lost in the landslide. @cbcnewsbc)
  • Live at the Barrowtown pump station in Abbotsford: 150 local volunteers working to sandbag the electrical transformers against the rising Sumas River #abbotsfordflood #barrowtown
    • Wes Macaulay@wesmacaulay tweet (November 17, 2021)

2021 bc floods

  • Some of the lines (for the waste-water treatment plant) are badly damaged in the flood areas. This is one of the reasons why there may be a house that isn’t damaged by flooding, but because the sewer and water lines are integrated in those area (Like phase 3), we need to make sure its safe for people to be using those systems and make sure it’s isolated from the damaged sections
  • We’re working to bring the water system back online in sections of the city. Lines need to be flushed, debris needs to be cleared
  • One of the issues previous governments had done is devolved responsibility for diking to municipalities. The intent was to give local control and autonomy, and I support that in principle, but the consequence of that is that local rate payers have been asked to take on an extraordinary burden that historically had been handled by the two other orders of government
The fuel conservation measures are working but with another storm on its way ~Mike Farnworth



By non-Canadians

  • I wanted to be... a lumberjack!
    Leaping from tree to tree, as they float down the mighty rivers of British Columbia.
    The Giant Redwood. The Larch. The Fir! The mighty Scots Pine!
  • The coast of British Columbia was one of the three chief centers of aboriginal America.

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