British Columbia entered the Canadian Confederation in 1871 because financiers in Ottawa agreed to build a railroad through the territory within a decade, took on the territory's massive debt and provided government subsidies to help British Columbia become more solvent. The United States wanted British Columbia as reparations from the British following the American Civil War and because America purchased Alaska in 1867. The British refused the United States' demands.Continue Reading
Amor de Cosmos was a leading proponent of British Columbia joining the confederation. His support for joining Canada was opposed by the area's elite, who still wanted to be a part of Britain. Cosmos used his influence as a newspaper owner to further the cause of joining Canada.
The British appointed Sir Anthony Musgrave as the colony's governor with the mandate that he would make this western territory part of Canada. He helped convince local residents that joining Canada was the best course of action for this sparsely populated region.
The delegation sent to Ottawa had several demands, one of which was to alleviate British Columbia's $1.5 million debt. Another major concern was transportation, so the delegation wanted a wagon trail stretching eastward. George Cartier, representing the Canadian government, surprised the British Columbians by offering to build a railroad and supplying more than $200,000 per year to finance public work projects.Learn more about US History
Wild edible mushrooms that grow in British Columbia include chanterelles, truffles, including the French black truffle and the Oregon white truffle and Oregon black truffle, and the white matsutake. Chanterelles are trumpet-shaped mushrooms that are plentiful and popular in British Columbia.Full Answer >
As of July 2015, the goods and services tax rate is 5 percent in British Columbia, according to the Retail Council of Canada. This rate is the same for all other provinces without a harmonized sales tax and is paired with a 7 percent provincial sales tax.Full Answer >
Statutory holidays in British Columbia are made up of five national holidays and four provincial holidays, as of 2015. The provincial holidays are Victoria Day, British Columbia Day, Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day, and Family Day. Federal holidays are New Year's Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day.Full Answer >
BC Ferries operates ferries throughout coastal British Columbia, and the schedules for all their routes may be found at BCFerries.com. Other companies provide service from Washington State into British Columbia, such as Victoria Clipper and Black Ball Ferry, and their schedules appear on their respective websites.Full Answer >