Tantalus Provincial Park, in the Coast Mountains near Whistler

(Jordan Manley photo)

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Come to British Columbia and discover what happens when rugged nature meets vibrant culture. It’s an experience you’ll never forget. 

Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park (Carrie Cole photo)

Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park (Carrie Cole photo)

It’s in our nature.

We have ten mountain ranges that push west from The Rockies in a crowded parade until they fall into the Pacific. Thousand year old trees that deftly divide the light falling on an impossibly green forest floor. Glacier-fed streams that pour through steep valleys to join swollen rivers.

Higher up, mountain passes link whole ecosystems, and watersheds. It’s a wild place where Mother Nature creates the boundaries. Not man. And while she demands respect, her handiwork offers massive rewards for those wild at heart.

This abundant, nurturing landscape has sustained our ancient societies for 10,000 years. And today, some of those settlements have grown into cities that cling to the edge of wilderness, and won’t let go. Because the people here, are here for a reason: to live within arm’s reach of nature’s richness. To ski world-renowned resorts, surf Pacific swells, swim in shockingly clear mountain lakes, hike to a glacier and back in a day. And all that activity breathes energy into our culture of hospitality.

Which is why we say, it’s in our nature.

Interested in learning more about BC before visiting? What to wear? What to expect? Where to go?

HelloBC.com has a wealth of information to help you get the most out of your vacation to our province. And it's yours to explore – welcome to Canada's west coast!

BC Fast Facts

Location Westernmost of Canada's 10 provinces. Only province in Canada to experience a "West Coast special": ski and golf in the same day
Population 4.5 million (concentrated in Vancouver, population 2.3 million, and Victoria, population 368,000). Canada's third most populated province (after Ontario and Quebec)
Capital City Victoria on Vancouver Island
History Entered Canadian confederation in 1871
Total Area 944,735km sq/364,764mi sq
Highest Point Fairweather Mountain, 4,663m/15,299ft
Lowest Point Pacific Ocean, sea level
Longest River Fraser River, 1,368km/850mi
Largest Lake Williston Lake (reservoir), 1,761km sq/680mi sq
Largest Island Vancouver Island, 32,137km sq/12,408mi sq
Provincial Flower Pacific dogwood
Provincial Tree Western redcedar
Provincial Bird Steller's jay
Provincial Gemstone Jade
Provincial Motto "Splendour without diminishment"

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