FINNS began arriving in BC in significant numbers as part of the great wave of European migration to N America in the final decades of the 19th century. Some of these newcomers worked on the construction of the CPR, then remained in the province to take up commercial FISHING or to work at other types of manual labour. A settlement of Finnish COAL mining families at WELLINGTON, near Nanaimo, was dubbed "Finn Town" and had a population large enough to support a church, a brass band, a theatre...

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