One thing you will notice right away when you visit British Columbia is the large diversity of people. The census indicated that up to 24.8% of the population were "visible minorities," a Canadian term referring to a person not of the majority race in a given area.
Given British Columbia's location and its position as the Canadian gateway to trade with Asia, the largest part of its visible minority is Asians. Originall, it was the Chinese that came to work on the railroads. More recently, there has been a larger influx of South Asians from India and neighboring countries. Today there are communities from every part of Asia- China, Korea, The Philippines, India, etc.
The Challenge for government is to be able to incorporate all of these immigrant populations into the greater whole.
Tourists, of course, face no such challenge. There is a huge variety of eating available to the visitor, foodies will be very happy here.
Is the name that the Inuit Eskimos of Greenland and Canada identify themselves. The Yupik Eskimos of Alaska, and set related to the Siberian Yupik of the northeastern part of the Russian Far East. The word Inuit is the plural of Inuk, that man or real man means in Inuktitut.
The word Inuit is also used as an alternative to the word 'Eskimo' in general, because that term by some Inuit regard as offensive. See the lemma Eskimo for an explanation of this designation. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference from 1977 in Barrow (Alaska) decided to act as an umbrella term to replace the word Eskimo Inuit, regardless of which local names are in use and also for minorities who do not belong, like the closely related with the Inuit Yupik. This advice is not generally followed in Dutch. The Yupik Eskimos see themselves rather as indicated. In the Netherlands Arctic Peoples Alert Foundation promotes the interests of the Inuit.
The Inuit speak various languages of the Eskimo-Aleut language group, whose Inuktitut in Canada and Greenland are the most spoken. The Inuit languages are agglutinerend of nature: the contents of an entire phrase is often given in the form of a, complex word. In Greenland the Greenland not only official language, but also the only language that the majority of the population learns. The Inuit have no literary tradition, or they possess a rich treasure of orally transmitted myths and stories.
You find tracks of the Inuit all over BC, the photos below show some totems we saw.
All visitors may claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and/or, the harmonized sales tax (HST) which they paid on eligible goods, must provide proof that they exported their goods from Canada. This is referred to as Proof of Export.
Proof of Export began at Canada's nine major international airports. Non-resident visitors departing from one of these airports, must have their goods available for inspection and their original receipts validated by a Canada Customs official as they leave Canada.
Along the Skaha lake we went by car, enjoying the lovely views. At a lookout overlooking the lake near Penticton, we found a "Drive - Through Coffee shop"
Something very different to where I come from, but a great idea for people who love their cup of Coffee!
When you are out hiking or walking in the countryside you should always make eye contact and say hello. Canadians are very friendly and polite. You may be considered rude and reserved if you don't.
This also goes for most situations in Canada including walking into a quiet or smallish shop or video club.
Okay, while it is not strictly condonned, Marijuana is not totally illegal here either. Ever since the infamous "pot-smoking snowboarder" incident, our beloved province has been dubbed the pot capital of Canada. Canadians are a very liberal bunch, and this holds true when talking about this 'gentler' drug. If you plan on travelling the world, and you absolutely must try mj, then do so here. You will not likely be hassled by local authorities, and you will most likely be joined by fellow travellers or locals that you meet. Although arrest and worse is a possibility, it is very very rare to be incarcerated for this activity. Have fun, and remember, we grow the best stuff in the world.
Remember that this area was once prime ground for Native American life. Visit the Thunderbird Park in Victoria for a fantastic display of totem poles and longhouses.
For our combined marriage celebration and birthday party, we had cake! It was delicious. As I recall, they were both carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Yum!
As I've mentioned elsewhere on this page, there are several wood carvings along the highway from Queen Charlotte City to Masset. I saw them in May 1987.
Though it may be hard to fine, it is a traditional delicacy with the local Natives. They collect it and spread it on the beach to dry.
Try seeing a 'Powwow' (Indian dance festival). There is one every weekend, but you must do a little search for them.
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