8 Random BC Laws That Could Get You In Trouble & Some Of Them So Stupid
Every once in a while you will hear some super weird and outdated law that makes you wonder how it was necessary, and British Columbia is full of it. So be careful not to get arrested (especially if you like rats …)!
Strangely enough, a lot of these laws are still in effect today, so you could technically be in trouble for them. Some hilarious laws were taken away because, well, they’re insanely stupid.
Hopefully the province will come to its senses soon and update all these laws.
Killing a Sasquatch is always murder
According to the Canadian History website, this one might be a myth, but there is some truth to it.
BC courthouse libraries said it came from an article originally printed in the Colon, which included part of a letter from someone asking the government if they could shoot a “Mowgli,” what they called a Sasquash at the time.
The article said the government agent responded that “it is illegal to shoot Mowglies in the province of British Columbia at any time.”
It was in the late 1800s, but if you decide to venture into the legendary Sasquash Caves in Hope, BC, remember this law!
Your parrot can’t be too strong
In Oak Bay, there is a specific bylaw that says your pet bird should not be too loud.
This is no joke either, you can actually be fined $ 1,000 if your parrot is very loud one day.
Put down the bagpipe
Victoria’s Law doesn’t completely limit the bagpipe, just how many people are playing at the same time and when they are playing, weirdly.
A bagpipe player cannot play “at the same time as another street performer whose performance includes bagpipes”, specifies the regulations.
In addition, they may only play between the hours of “11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.”
You can’t have more than four pet rats
In Port Coquitlam, you can’t legally have more than four pet rats in your home. The limit on the number of animals you can have actually applies to all rodents, even mice!
It sounds super random, but it’s in their status!
You also cannot have more than four pet snakes.
Did Port Coquitlam have some sort of serious incident where a group of creepy animals broke loose or something like that?
Their other weird pet law is that you can only have four snakes.
Throwing a snowball was a no-no
Apparently there is an old law in Esquimalt that prohibits throwing a snowball.
The law was repealed, but the question of why it never existed remains.
Sorry kids, no balloon animals in Victoria
Another Victoria rulebook states that a “balloon artist” cannot perform on the streets unless they build balloons or donate balloon animals for free.
So basically you can only get balloon animals as gifts?
No Happy Hour
This was repealed, but only in 2014!
Before that, it was actually illegal to reduce the prices of alcohol in the province.
So restaurants and bars couldn’t have happy hour.