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Facts about British Columbia

British Columbia became the sixth province of Canada in 1871. It is located on the west coast of Canada and is the third largest Canadian province.
The Pacific Ocean on the west, the province of Alberta
on the east, the state of Alaska, the Northwest Territories and Yukon to the north and the states of Montana, Idaho and Washington to the south.
British Columbia has three main mountain ranges and two-thirds of the province is covered by forest.
Its name was chosen by Queen Victoria in 1858.

Date British Columbia Entered Confederation

July 20, 1871

Area of the British Columbia

944,735 sq. km (364,764 sq. miles) (Natural Resources Canada, 2001)


British Columbia has a mountainous topography with substantial areas of lowland and plateau country. The province has four basic regions: a northwesterly-trending mountain system on the coast, a similar mountain system on the east, an extensive area of plateau and mountain country between the two, and a lowland segment of the continent's Great Plains in the northeastern part of the province.

Capital City of the British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Population of the British Columbia

4,400,057 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Residents are known as


Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia

First Nations
For more detailed information - First Nations of British Columbia

Main British Columbia industries

Forestry, mining, fisheries, agriculture, energy, and transportation

Time Zone

Most of British Columbia Canada is in the Pacific Time Zone except for a few communities which observe
Mountain Time. Most of British Columbia observes Daylight Saving Time


Like its topography, British Columbia has a varied climate that is highly influenced by its mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Overall, the coast is temperate and wet. The interior valley regions such as Kamloops are generally hot in the summer and cold in the winter. British Columbia's mountains also have cold winters and
mild summers.

British Columbia Statutory Holidays (in addition to National Holidays)

Civic Holiday - first Monday in August

Professional Sports Teams

BC Lions
Vancouver Canucks



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Just some facts - For you information (FYI)

  • B.C.'s 7,022-kilometre coastline supports a large shipping industry through ice-free, deep-water ports
  • Canada has one-quarter of the world's fresh water supply, one-third of which is located in British Columbia
  • The province has a 25,000 kilometre-long, island-dotted coastline, and freshwater lakes, rivers and streams covering 1.8 million hectares. With one of the world's most diverse seafood sectors, British Columbia offers over 90 different species of wild and cultured fish, shellfish and plants harvested from fresh and marine waters
  • British Columbia's topography and climate divides the province into two distinct forest regions: the coast and interior. Coastal forests contain more hemlock than any other species, while lodgepole pine and spruce are the major interior species
  • British Columbia's highest point is Fairweather Mountain at 15,299 feet (4,663 m) and the province has an area of 364,764 square miles (944,735 sq km).

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