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BC’s Mountain Dinosaur
Almost 50 years ago a geologist found dinosaur fossils in northern BC. Today those fossils are in the Royal BC Museum collection. Curator of palaeontology Dr. Victoria Arbour studies those fossils. Find out about her exciting discoveries!

Hannah Maynard

Hannah Maynard

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Hannah Maynard was an early expert in experimental photography. In the mid-1800s, she started capturing portraits of Victoria’s early settlers and Indigenous communities. With explorations of multiple exposures and photo sculpting, she experimented with surrealism years before its time.

Simple Machines
Explore simple machines at the Royal BC Museum! Find examples of simple machines in the museum’s collections and galleries. If you can’t get here in person, you can find Royal BC Museum examples of simple machines here on the Learning Portal.

Great Bear Rainforest
For thousands of years, Indigenous people have shared the Great Bear Rainforest with wolves, eagles, sea otters, salmon and herring, as well as many other animals. It is the only home of BC’s provincial mammal, the Spirit Bear.

Alpine Plants

Alpine Plants

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British Columbia has high mountains. Lots of them. In fact, more than 12 per cent of the province is alpine tundra—land above the trees. The alpine tundra is a land of extremes. Trees can’t grow at such high elevations because of cold temperatures. The growing season is brief, and some areas are covered by snow…

Democracy in BC

Democracy in BC

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British Columbia is a parliamentary democracy, which means that British Columbians elect people to represent them at the provincial legislature. These elected representatives are called members of the legislative assembly (MLAs). Each MLA represents a different area, called an electoral district or a constituency. It is their job to pass legislation, approve finances and scrutinize…

Historical Thinking Winter Institute 2019Staff Playlist

Historical Thinking Winter Institute 2019

This playlist collects Learning Portal resources to support sessions at the Historical Thinking Winter Institute at Royal BC Museum February 15 & 16, 2019. It also supports activities or lessons you can do back in the classroom or wherever you work, including primary sources from BC Archives and suggestions on how to investigate these sources…

Dr. Tzu-I Chung

Chinese Legacy in BC

Dr. Tzu-I Chung
Dr. Tzu-I Chung explores how gold seekers from many parts of Europe, the Americas and Asia followed the gold trail around the world. The gold rush brought the first major settlement of Chinese people to Canada, and what would later become known as British Columbia.