About BC


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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