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This article is for quotes about the province of British Columbia, Canada.

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

  • And the only really good thing about the province of British Columbia is that
    it's right next to us,
    Cuz Alberta, doesn't suck
Source:The Toronto Song Lyrics by Arrogant Worms[1]

  • 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[2]
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.
Source:The Pender Harbour Fisherman's Come All Ye song lyrics by PJ Thomas[3]
Notes: Pender Harbour is a part of the Sechelt Peninsula on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.

  • 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[4]
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 Carr Governor General's Award poet[5]
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 [6]
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
Source: Wondering Where The Lions Are song lyrics by Bruce Cockburn
Notes:The lake referred to is Sproat Lake which is on Vancouver Island. The huge oragne flying boats are fire fighting boats or Mars Water Bombers. Vancouver Island is the home of the petroglyphs referred to in the song as well.[7]
  • 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[8]
  • 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[9]

  • 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 [10]
  • 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 [11]
  • Plus, British Columbia's real nice
    This time of year
    And when she gets there
    She says she'll phone
Source:Canal Flats John Carr Governor General's Award poet[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.
Source:Canal Flats John Carr Governor General's Award poet[13]
Notes: Canal Flats is situated at the southern end of Columbia Lake, which is the source of the Columbia River. Creston is located in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia's Purcell Mountain creates the Columbia River Valley or Rocky Mountain Trench. The Kootenay Rockies, are in southeastern British Columbia west of the Purcells

  • 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[14]
Notes:The Himalayan blackberry is one of the most popular species which can be found growing wild in British Columbia's forests.

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!
Source:Lumberjack Song lyrics by Monty Python[15]
  • The coast of British Columbia was one of the three chief centers of aboriginal America.
Source:Ellsworth Huntington
  • This land is your land, this land is my land
    From Bonavista to Vancouver Island
Source:This Land is Your Land song lyrics by Woody Guthrie[16]

See also


  1. Arrogant Worms. The Toronto Song lyrics by Arrogant Worms: (in english). TS Rocks. Retrieved on 2008-01-15.
  2. C (December 5th. 2004). Folksongs of British Columbia: - “Blow the Man Down ” (in english). The British Columbia Folklore Society. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  3. C (apr97). Folk & Traditional Song Lyrics - The Pender Harbour Fisherman's Come All Ye (in english). Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  4. C (December 5th. 2004). Folksongs of British Columbia: - “Fishing Grounds.” (in english). The British Columbia Folklore Society. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  5. Carr, John (1997-2008). Adam's River (in english). Poetry by John Pass : A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  6. Thomas, PHil (apr96). Teaming Up the Cariboo Road (in english). Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  7. C (2002-2007). Wondering Where The Lions Are (in english). The Cockburn Project,. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  8. Taylor, Barry (1997-2008). Young Man from Canada (in english). Folk Music Pages. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  9. Arntzen, Lloyd (1997-2008). DigiTrad: Where the Coho Flash Silver (in english). Folk Music Pages. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  10. B.C. People Lyrics (in english). Lets Sing It (1998-2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  11. B.C. People Lyrics (in english). (2000-2007). Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  12. The Elected - British Columbia lyrics from Me First album - Song Lyrics (in english). (2002-2006). Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  13. Carr, John (1997-2008). Canal Flats / Grand Canal (in english). Poetry by John Pass : A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  14. 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.
  15. Python, Monty. Monty Python - (Complete)Lumberjack Song lyrics (in english). Sing365 Lyrics. Retrieved on 2008-01-14.
  16. C (2002-2007). Farewell Nova Scotia: Canadian Song Lyrics (in english). Educators' Circle LLC. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
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