Although Quatchi is my favorite mascot, Sumi runs a very close second. So who is Sumi? Well, according to her official Mascot Profile…
Miga is a young sea bear who lives in the ocean with her family pod, beyond Vancouver Island, near Tofino, British Columbia. Sea bears are part killer whale and part bear. (Miga is part Kermode bear, a rare white bear that only lives in British Columbia.)
All summer long, Miga rides waves with local surfers. But during the winter months, she often sneaks onto the shores of Vancouver to seek adventure. When Miga discovered that humans were ‘surfing’ on snow, up in the mountains, she knew she had to join the fun. Snowboarding soon became her favourite winter sport. Her dream is to land a corked 720 in the half-pipe one day…It will take lots of practice, and a few falls along the way, but she’s sure she can do it.
The sea bear is inspired by the legends of the Pacific Northwest First Nations, tales of orca whales that transform into bears when they arrive on land. The Kermode bear is a rare white or cream-coloured sub-species of the black bear that is unique to the central West Coast of British Columbia. According to First Nations’ legend, Kermode bears – also known as Spirit Bears – were turned white by Raven to remind people of the Ice Age. Orcas are also honoured in the art and stories of West Coast First Nations, as travellers and guardians of the sea.
Home: On the coast of Vancouver Island
Hobbies: Surfing, snowboarding, anything fun and exciting!
Favourite food: Wild salmon (salmon jerky, BC roll, smoked salmon, etc.)
Dream: To land a corked 720 in the half-pipe
Favorite color: Forest green
And I’m not the only one who loves Miga…science proves that babies love Miga, too! Here’s the evidence:
I shot a quick video of Miga doing the hula hoop here:
Now that you’ve been introduced, get to know Miga a little better by playing the Miga Moves game!