Chinese Pioneers

The Chinese came to British Columbia for the 1858 Gold Rush along with migrants from all around the world. Many of the first miners came by ship from California, where they had come for an earlier Gold Rush. Chinese often stayed longer at claim sites to keep working even after others had given up because they had learned ways to find more gold. The Chinese also opened many businesses and provided food, goods and services to others. Chinese Canadians helped build the logging, mining, and farming industries in British Columbia, and established small businesses across Canada.