Individuals of Scottish descent have played a vital role in the history of British Columbia. Not only high-profile explorers such as Alexander MacKenzie and Simon Fraser as well as major politicians like the first governor of BC, James Douglas, and the first mayor of Vancouver, Malcolm Alexander MacLean contributed significantly to British Columbia’s history but also Scottish entrepreneurs in lumber, mining, fisheries, and canning left their mark on the province, as did many unrecorded Scottish men and women.
The “Scots in BC” website gives community members the opportunity to share their personal and family histories in a public history project. Contributors input their family name, date they or their family left Scotland, what area they left and where they settled in British Columbia and the surrounding area. By using this information we can capture a unique picture of the Scottish diaspora to the Pacific Northwest.