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More interesting facts on British Columbia
- six new competition venues have been constructed in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia?
- some lava flows at the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field in British Columbia, Canada include unique, small, green nodules that come from the mantle?
- the British Columbia mountain search and rescue organization North Shore Rescue was originally formed for responding to an urban nuclear attack?
- the steamboats Enterprise and Maria once had a monopoly on transport along the Fraser River in British Columbia?
- of the 60+ First Nations in British Columbia (BC) only a few have signed treaties with the BC and Canadian governments?
- no governing party in British Columbia has won a provincial by-election since 1981?
- five detached human feet have been discovered on British Columbian beaches since August 2007, with no confirmed explanation?
- former Manitoba MLA John Moore Robinson established the soft fruit industry in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley in the late 1800s, along with the region's first corporate water management system to irrigate it?
- from 1936 to 1939, Alexander Monkman led a volunteer effort to build a road through the Monkman Pass into British Columbia?
- the 2007–2008 Nazko earthquakes in British Columbia, Canada, are the only recorded earthquakes in the Canadian Cordillera away from the coast resulting from magma moving in the Earth?
- the Ancient Forest Alliance, founded in British Columbia to protect endangered old growth forests and ensure sustainable forestry jobs, grew to over 6,000 members in only two months?
- the Columbia detachment of the Royal Engineers built some of the first major roads in British Columbia?
- the St'at'imcets language, an endangered language of British Columbia, is similar to Semitic languages in that it also has pharyngeal consonants?
- the city of Vancouver, British Columbia sits on the Burrard Peninsula?
- when the narrow Rock Creek Canyon Bridge (pictured) in British Columbia was widened and strengthened in 1992, the works were carried out while keeping one lane open to traffic?
- the Royal Columbian Hospital, the oldest hospital in British Columbia, was built in 1862 during a Gold Rush for $3,396 by the Corps of Royal Engineers and a chain gang?
- the Qayqayt First Nation, of New Westminster, British Columbia, was thought to be extinct until 1994 when Rhonda Larrabee became the only member?
- the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt in southwestern British Columbia is the site of Canada's largest recorded Holocene explosive eruption 2,350 years ago at the Mount Meager massif?
- the Mount Edziza volcanic complex in northern British Columbia, Canada was a source of obsidian for Tahltan people and its lava plateau has been an important cultural resource?
- the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area in northern British Columbia is 6.4 million hectares; about the size of Latvia?
- at 440 meters (1,444 ft), Della Falls in British Columbia is the tallest waterfall in Canada and 16th-tallest in the world?
- as a result of a 1972 referendum, the boundary between time zones in British Columbia ended up being different from the provincial boundary?
- volcanoes of the Milbanke Sound Group in British Columbia, Canada, remain mysterious because little is known about them and their origins are not well defined?
- General A.D. McRae, the BC Industrialist who organized the election of Canada's 11th Prime Minister, R.B Bennett, made his fortune selling land during the settlement of Saskatchewan?
- Benjamin Pearse, later an influential provincial politician in British Columbia, came to Vancouver Island working for Hudson's Bay Company?
- British Columbia provincial highway 2 is a short road from Dawson Creek to the B.C./Alberta border?
- Mount Bate, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is probably named after William Thornton Bate, a Royal Navy officer killed during the Second Opium War?
- mitochondrial DNA testing of the 300 to 500-year-old Canadian "iceman" mummy Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi and current clans of British Columbia revealed 17 living relatives?
- British Columbia's Creston Valley, the province's first Wildlife Management Area, is a Ramsar wetland of international importance and a global Important Bird Area?
- British Columbia's Disaster Response Route network, while mostly consisting of roads, also includes marine routes?
- British Columbians will get a second chance to vote on replacing the winner-takes-all election system with a single-transferable-vote system?
- Chilkat weaving, a traditional technique of indigenous peoples of Alaska and British Columbia, is so complex that it may take a year to weave a blanket?
- Fort Victoria was established as a Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading post, and eventually grew into the modern capital city of British Columbia?
- sea otter conservation efforts have included successful translocations of sea otters (pictured) from Alaska to British Columbia and Washington?
- The Volcano in northwestern British Columbia is the youngest known volcano in Canada and its last eruption likely took place only 150 years ago?
- Archiinocellia is the only snakefly fossil genus from British Columbia and one of only two from Canada?
- Robert Sommers, who became British Columbia Minister of Forests in 1952, was the first cabinet minister in the British Commonwealth to be imprisoned for taking bribes?
- Robert Burnaby is the namesake of at least eleven places in British Columbia, including a city, a lake, and a hill?
- Gustavus Blin Wright, a pioneer road builder and entrepreneur in British Columbia, Canada, built the 127-mile-long Old Cariboo Road in 1862–3?
- Henry Pering Pellew Crease was appointed British Columbia's first Attorney General by Governor (and ex-HBC Chief Factor) Sir James Douglas?
- John Sebastian Helmcken opposed British Columbia joining Canadian Confederation—until he negotiated the terms himself?
- "Calexico Kid" Primo Villanueva led UCLA to the NCAA football championship in 1954 and was inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2009?
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