History of Our Tartan

British Columbia TartanThe information for the “British Columbia” tartan is held within The Scottish Register of Tartans.

The tartan was designed by Earl K Ward of Victoria in 1967 as part of the 1966-67 centennial celebrations marking the creation of the province as one colony. The tartan was recorded in the Lyon Court Books (LCB 18) on 8th January 1969. It was officially adopted as the provincial tartan in 1974 through the British Columbia Tartan Act.

Pacific Dogwood FlowerThe Pacific Dogwood is the official flower of the province and is represented by white in the tartan. Green is for the BC forests. Blue is for the Pacific Ocean, red is for Canada’s national emblem of the maple leaf and gold is for the sun and the crown in the provincial flag.

White Spot Pipe Band

White Spot Pipe Band

In BC, the White Spot Pipe Band and Highland Dancers proudly wear the BC Tartan as its official band kilt.