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Map of British Columbia

The Province of British Columbia is located on the west coast of Canada.   This region has some of the most beautiful natural waterways and scenery in the world.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you travel a up the Capilano River from its mouth near the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, BC, you'll come to a long bridge suspended high up over the valley. This is the Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of British Columbia's oldest and most popular tourist attractions. History In 1887, a Scottish civil
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Cariboo Gold Rush – Camels?

The Cariboo Gold Rush started when, miners working sand bars in the rivers of British Columbia, found several creeks extremely rich with gold.  Many towns were sprung up near the gold.  Barkerville was the most notable. The Cariboo Gold Rush attracted world wide attention creating the Overlanders Expedition of 1862. Prospectors
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The Novarupta Alaska Volcano

On June 6, 1912, Mount Novarupta, in central Alaska, exploded into a fiery volcano.  The eruption was preceded by a series of severe earth rumblings. Over the many weeks of continued erupting over 700 feet of ash was deposited in the vicinity of the dome.  Trees were smashed, all vegetation
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The Komagata Maru Incident

The Komagata Maru was a steamship charted to challenge the Continuous Passage Act. The 1900 census in Canada indicated that there were over 2000 Indians. Most of them were Punjabis living in Canada.  Even though the number seems low, given the population then, it was enough to alarm the populous (or at
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Ogopogo Monster – Lake Okanogan

There is a plaque at one point on Lake Okanogan that reads: "Before the unimaginative white man came, the fearsome lake monster N'ha·a·itk was well-known to the superstitious Indians. His home was Squally Point. Small animals were carried in the canoes to appease the serpent.  Ogopogo is still seen each year,
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The Cadborosaurus

A retired Victoria marine biologist believes an enormous, humped sea serpent plies the waters of the Pacific Coast.  Edward Bousfield is in relentless pursuit of an elusive marine serpent, the Cadborosaurus. Since the report of a sighting in Cadboro Bay, Victoria, in 1933 (hence Cadborosaurus, the lizard of Cadboro Bay), dozens
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Alaska Boundary Dispute

Have you ever wondered why the Alaska / Canadian British Columbia border looks so very odd, what with a slim panhandle running one third of the way down the BC coast? Alaska was once owned by Russia.  Their right was based on the establishment of fur trading locations at places
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Leprosy Island of D’Arcy

At the turn of the last century, D’Arcy Island, a remote patch of land off Vancouver Island, was prison to a handful of Chinese people suffering from leprosy. They were marooned there to die.  Today, the island is a park, its history buried with the forgotten Chinese men — and
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