Flash animation content: The Anise Swallowtail butterfly is one of many insects who use mountains to get together for mating - an effective strategy termed 'hill-topping'. First Peoples: Mountain goats are depicted on First Nations crest objects, and sophisticated techniques transform their wool into garments and their horns into spoons and other items. History: The challenge of British Columbia's peaks has inspired many climbers. Climbing Mount Dalgleish, ca. 1930. Photo credits Mountains background image. David Fraser. Anise Swallowtail butterfly. Robert Cannings. Haida hat. RBCM 9498 a. Climbing Mount Dalgleish. RBCM 2003s0811657, Jim Fyles collection.
Mountains dominate British Columbia.
Powerful physical forces of change — volcanic eruptions, glaciation and erosion — are obvious here, as are the harsh conditions that living things must endure to survive. To British Columbia's people, mountains can be dangerous places and barriers to movement — but they also support transportation routes and can be landscapes of dreams.