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British Columbia: A few facts 1909

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A    FEW    FACTS.
British Columbia is the Pacific Coast Province of Canada.
Area—395,000 square miles, or 252,800,000 acres.
Coast line—7,000 miles.
Forest and Woodland—182,000,000 acres.
Population   (estimated)—260,000, exclusive of Asiatics.
The whole of British Columbia, south of 52 degrees and east
of the Coast Range is a grazing country up to 3,500 feet, and a
farming country up to 2,500 feet, where irrigation is possible.
British Columbia's trade has increased by over nineteen
million dollars in four years.
British Columbia mines have produced over three hundred
million dollars.
British Columbia fisheries, one hundred and fourteen million
British Columbia forests produce over twelve million dollars
British Columbia has millions of acres of paper-making
material undeveloped.
British Columbia farms and orchards produce over seven
million dollars annually.
British Columbia's coal deposits are the most extensive in
the world.
The Kootenay coal fields alone are capable of yielding ten
million tons of coal a year for seven thousand years.
British Columbia has immense deposits of iron ore awaiting
British Columbia's area of standing timber is the largest
and most compact in America.
British Columbia has over ten million acres of wheat lands.
British Columbia produces over two million pounds of butter
annually, and imports over four million pounds.
British Columbia imports over two million dollars' worth of
eggs and poultry annually.
British Columbia shipped over six thousand tons of fruit in
1908, and imported fruit to the value of two hundred thousand
British Columbia fruits—apples, pears, plums, cherries and
peaches—are the finest in the world.
British Columbia fruit won the highest awards at exhibitions
in Great Britain, Eastern Canada and the United States. Trout   Stream.
Placer   Mining.
A Miner's Licence costs $5 a year.
A   Pre-emption—160   acres—costs   $1    per   acre    after   two
years'  residence.
First-class agricultural and fruit land $5 per acre.
Fruit lands return from $100 to $500 per acre. Fish   Trap  and   Spring   Salmon.
A  Fisherman's  Licence costs $2.50 a year.
Deer    at    Home.
For fuller particulars regarding British Columbia and its
resources address :—
Bureau of Provincial Information. Victoria, B. C, or.
J. H. Turner, Agent-General for British Columbia. Salisbury
House. Finsbury Circus, London, England. CHIEF   CITIES.
Victoria, the capital, 38,000.
Vancouver,  the commercial  capital,  85,000.
New Westminster, 12,000.
Nelson, 7,000.
Nanaimo, 7,000.
Rossland, 5,500.
Kamloops, 3,000.
Grand Forks, 3,000.
Revelstoke, 3,500.
Fernie, 3,500.
Cranbrook, 3,500.
Ladysmith, 3,500.
Prince Rupert, 1,500.
Harvesting   Fruit.
British Columbia's Government consists of a Lieutenant-
Governor, an Executive Council or Cabinet of seven members (who
are elected members of the Legislative Assembly), and a Legislative Assembly of forty-two (including the Cabinet Ministers),
elected for the constituencies into which the Province is divided.
Manhood suffrage prevails and voting is by ballot. The Cabinet
is responsible to the people, and may be deposed from office by
an adverse vote of the Legislature. The Legislature is elected
for four years and holds annual sessions at Victoria.
Revenue and Expenditure, 1907-8:—
Revenue      $5,979,054
Expenditure         4.590,673 Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B. C. BRITISH COLUMBIA OFFERS:
To the Capitalist—
The most profitable field for investment in the known world.
To  the   Manufacturer—
A great wealth of raw materials.
Unsurpassed shipping facilities.
Rapidly increasing markets at home and in the new
Provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, Mexico, Australia and
the Orient.
To the Lumberman—
Millions of acres of the finest timber in the world.
An ever-increasing demand for lumber at home and abroad.
To the Fisherman—
Inexhaustible quantities of salmon, halibut, cod, herring and
other fish.
To the Fruit Grower—
Many thousands of acres of land producing all the hardier
fruits, as well as peaches, grapes, apricots, melons, nuts, &c.
To the Dairyman—
Splendid pasture and high prices for butter, milk and
To the Poultryman—
A cash home market for poultry and eggs at big prices.
To the Farmer—
Large profits from mixed farming and vegetable growing.
To the  Miner—
Three hundred thousand square miles of unprospected
mineral-bearing country.
To the Workingman—
Fair wages and a  reasonable working day.
To the Sportsman—
An infinite variety of game animals, big and small, game
fishes and game birds.
To the Tourist—
Magnificent scenery.
Good hotels.
Well-equipped trains.
Palatial steamships.
To  Everybody—
A healthful climate.
Inspiring surroundings.
Golden opportunities in all walks of life.
Just laws, well administered.
A complete modern educational system—free, undenominational primary and high schools.
All the conveniences of civilised life.
Health, peace, contentment and happiness. 


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