British Columbia – Canada

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British Columbia

British Columbia or BC Canada, usually abbreviated as B.C., is the western-most province of Canada. It is the third most populous province in Canada with 4.8 million of inhabitants as of 2017. This province of BC is located between the Pacific Ocean and also the Rocky Mountains. Get the BC Government policies and also know more details.

What is the British Columbia like?

British Columbia is widely known for being a popular destination for immigrants. In fact, over 40,000 immigrants from all kinds of cultures arrive every year in B.C., which makes immigrants an important proportion of the population. An interesting fact is that this province has the largest Chinese community in Canada.

The capital city of B.C. is Victoria, located in the island of Vancouver. The most populous city of the province is Vancouver, with a population of almost 2.5 million, which is nearly the half of all the population of the province, and also a third of its population is made up by immigrants.

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British Columbia Services

BC Canada Contact Numbers

Victoria Contact Number: 250 387-6121
Vancouver Contact Number: 604-660-2421
Province of BC Contact Number: 604 660-2421
British Columbia Contact Number: 1 800 663-7867

British Columbia Parks & Protected Area

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Tourism is also a huge industry in the area. The province has a spectacular natural beauty, with six national parks, the Rocky miles, kilometers of acres and also beautiful coastlines. B.C. has many outdoor activities to offer within its territory.

In this province, you can find 14 destinations of parks along with the Protected areas. there are 35 provincial marine parks, 4 National parks, 7 Provincial Heritage Parks, 141 ecological reserves, 3 national park reserves as well as6 national heritage site of Canada can find. You can get more about the BC Parks here. BC contains the 7 Canada’s National parks, which are as follows:

1. Mount Revelstoke National Park
2. Yoho National Park
3. Glacier National Park
4. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
5. Kootenay National Park
6. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site
7. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

The Economy of British Columbia

If we talk about the economy of the province, we could say that it has a diverse economy. Although it has focused on natural resources, in recent years it has expanded to other areas. Nowadays, the service-producing industries are the ones with the largest portion of the GDP of the province

An important element of its economy is agriculture. Even though less than 5% of its territory is arable, the richness of agriculture attributed to the weather conditions of the region, especially near the coast and in the valleys, like Fraser and also Okanagan valleysResource extraction has a very important role in the province, where we can find big farming, logging, and mining industries. B.C is the second largest producer of gas in Canada, the third largest generator of hydroelectricity and it has the largest fishing industry of the country.

Vancouver has become a financial, technology and also business center in the area, as well as a television production center. These aspects and the ones mentioned above make the province a great area to get a job and to find new opportunities.

If you want to live in B.C., housing is a little higher than in the rest of Canada but per capita income is also above national average and also the province has the second lowest personal income tax rate.

Map of British Columbia

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In the image, you can get the info on British Columbia map province along with the outlines, cities and its towns. It considered as a part of Cascadia bioregion, Pacific Northwest and American states of the Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Washington, and Oregon.

Ten largest metropolitan areas according to BC population

Community  (including metro areas) 2011 year 2006 year
Vancouver 2,313,328 2,116,581
Victoria 344,615 330,088
Kelowna 179,839 162,276
Abbotsford 170,191 159,020
Kamloops 98,754 92,882
Nanaimo 98,021 92,361
Chilliwack 92,308 82,465
Prince George 84,232 83,225
Vernon 58,584 55,418
Courtenay 55,213 49,214

Ten largest municipalities by Province of BC population

Municipalities 2011 year 2006 year
Vancouver 603,502 578,041
Surrey 468,251 394,976
Burnaby 223,218 202,799
Richmond 190,473 174,461
Abbotsford 133,497 124,258
Coquitlam 126,456 114,565
Kelowna 117,312 107,035
Saanich 109,752 108,265
Langley Township 104,177 93,726
Delta 99,863 96,635