An important symbol of democracy in any parliament is the mace. Centuries ago the mace was the personal weapon of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Legislative Assembly. In more modern times, the mace has become the symbol of the authority of the House itself, and must be present on the Clerk’s Table for the Legislative Assembly to conduct its business.
For more information on the mace and other symbols and objects, visit www.leg.bc.ca and explore their Public Education and Visitor Information section, including the “Discover your Legislature” interactive program and publication.
Because of the special status which a Capital city holds, it has important buildings and places that display the symbols of the province. British Columbia has its own flag and coat of arms displayed proudly at the Parliament Buildings and at other important locations throughout the Capital.
British Columbia has also adopted several other official symbols. See if you can guess BC’s official:
To find out the answers and to learn more about the symbols of BC, check out BC Facts
The Capital is also the location for important objects of the history and culture of the province. The Royal BC Museum is much more than a repository of information and artifacts, but its primary role is to safeguard our collective memory by preserving the province’s history. The RBCM has an international reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and collections. It is known especially for its collections of art and artifacts of west coast First Nations and its historic work in preserving them. The grounds of the Royal BC Museum also contain the original home of Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, a famous BC doctor and politician.
Other locations which hold important aspects of the region’s history and culture include Government House, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Craigdarroch Castle, Beacon Hill Park, Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, Hatley Castle, Maritime Museum of BC, Point Ellice House .