The flag of British Columbia was officially adopted in 1960. The flag is in essence an armorial banner of the Arms of the Province (granted in 1906) and topped by a Union Jack. The sun represents the glory of the province, while the wavy blue lines represent the Pacific Ocean and the province's position on the western coastline of Canada.
The flag of British Columbia_is based upon the shield of the provincial arms of British Columbia. At the top of the flag is a rendition of the Union Flag, defaced in the centre by a crown, representing the province's origins as a British colony, with a setting sun below. The British Columbian flag was introduced on June 14, 1960, by Premier W. A. C. Bennett, & was first flown on board the BC Ferries motor vessel Sidney (later Queen of Sidney). Some early versions of the flag were reversed,