Provincial Flag of British Columbia
Province: British Columbia
British Columbia Flag Description:
The top portion of the flag consists of a British Union Jack with a gold, five pointed crown in its center. The bottom section of the flag consists of a base of seven alternating blue and white horizontal, wavy stripes with a rising sun with emanating rays. The design is similar to the shield on the province's coat of arms.
British Columbia Flag Meaning:
The blue wavy stripes represent the Pacific Ocean, and the sun symbolizes the glory of the province. The sun also signifies the fact that British Columbia is the western most province in Canada. The Union Jack, with the antique golden crown at its centre, represents the Province's British colonial origins.
British Columbia Flag History:
The flag was adopted on June 27, 1960. The coat of arms was adopted in 1906 and modified in 1987. British Columbia joined the Confederation of Canada on July 20, 1871.
Interesting British Columbia Facts:
At one time, British Columbia was known as New Caledonia in the North and Columbia in the South. To avoid confusion with the country of Colombia and the island of New Caledonia, Queen Victoria changed the land's name to British Columbia in 1858.
British Columbia's official motto is: Splendor Sine Occasu - Splendor without Diminishment.