2014 was the year of the animal in B.C., judging by some of the unforgettable images that stood out in our photo archives.
From photographer Jim Lawrence's image of a grizzly bear toying with his camera gear to Caleb Jamieson's Instagram shot of an orca taking a majestic leap out of Blind Channel in Squamish, British Columbia's natural environment brought much visual inspiration this year.
Protecting such a landscape also leads us to some of the other photos featured in our list, as Canadian Press photographers captured the passion of those opposed to pipeline development in B.C.
Of course, we haven't forgotten some light-hearted moments, too.
We hope you enjoy a look at 25 unforgettable B.C. images in 2014:
- An orca in Blind Channel in Squamish.in Blind Channel in Squamish." />Courtesy Caleb Jamieson
- Justin Trudeau's party trick at a Vancouver Liberal party barbecue.party trick at a Vancouver Liberal party barbecue." />Darryl Dyck/CP
- A grizzly bear toys with photographer Jim Lawrence's camera gear.grizzly bear toys with photographer Jim Lawrence's camera gear." />Jim Lawrence
- A toxic spill from the Mount Polley mine tailings pond.Mount Polley mine tailings pond." />Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press
- A skier at Whistler.Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press
- A protester blocks Kinder Morgan work on Burnaby Mountain.Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press
- RCMP arrest an anti-pipeline protester on Burnaby Mountain.Burnaby Mountain." />Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press
- Cougars prowl a Sunshine Coast beach.prowl a Sunshine Coast beach." />Greg Carter
- Runners compete in the annual Bare Buns Run at Vancouver's Wreck Beach.Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press
- Spawning salmon make their way up the Adams River.Adams River." />Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press
- The 'Rainblossom Project' at Vancouver's Spanish Banks.'Rainblossom Project' at Vancouver's Spanish Banks." />Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press
- Fog hugs a cargo ship in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet.Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press
- The B.C. teachers strike.B.C. teachers strike." />Darry Dyck/Canadian Press
- A Vancouver classroom without all the materials purchased by the teacher.without all the materials purchased by the teacher." />Submitted
- Former Vancouver Canuck David Booth kisses a bear.kisses a bear." />David Booth/Twitter
- Photographer Shane Kalyn snapped this image of an island in Tumuch Lake inShane Kalyn snapped this image of an island in Tumuch Lake in" />Courtesy Shane Kalyn/4Elementz
- The Last Supper set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is part of a photo series by Dina GoldstThe Last Supper set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is part of a photo series by Dina Goldst" />Dina Goldstein
- Canada Post delivery delayed.delivery delayed." />Matthew Fane
- Northern Lights over Vancouver.Northern Lights over Vancouver." />Natasha Wheatley
- Julia de Courcy, who looks like singer Miley Cyrus, at a Vancouver club.looks like singer Miley Cyrus, at a Vancouver club." />Mark Gutknecht/Fortune Sound Club
- Vancouver Mayor Gregor Roberston at the Pride Parade.the Pride Parade." />Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press
- B.C. killer whales from a drone's point of view.drone's point of view." />Vancouver Aquarium/NOAA
- A protester during a demo against the Enbridge Northern Gateway.demo against the Enbridge Northern Gateway." />Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press
- Education Minister Peter Fassbender at the B.C. Liberal convention partyB.C. Liberal convention party " />BC Liberals/Twitter
- A deer who got stuck on a frozen Okanagan lake was rescued by conservation officers.rescued by conservation officers." />BC Conservation
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