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Beautiful British Columbia
British Columbia, is the westernmost province of Canada, situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. It has a diverse geography, with rugged landscapes that include coastlines, beaches, forests, lakes, mountains, inland deserts and grassy plains, and borders the province of Alberta to the east, the territories of Yukon and Northwest Territories to the north, and the US to the south and Alaska to the northwest. With an estimated population of 5.4million , it is Canada’s third-most populous province. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria and its largest city is Vancouver. Vancouver is the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada; the 2022 census recorded 2.7 million people in Metro Vancouver.
The province of British Columbia,
Has six distinct regions;(1) Vancouver Island, (2) Vancouver Coast & Mountains, (3)Thompson Okanagan, (4)Kootenay Rockies, (5)Northern British Columbia, (6)Cariboo, Chilcotin, Coast region.
(1) Vancouver Island
The southern part of Vancouver Island and some of the nearby Gulf Islands are the only parts of British Columbia or Western Canada to lie south of the 49th parallel. This area has one of the warmest climates in Canada.
The population of Vancouver Island was 864,864 as of 2021. Nearly half of that population (~400,000) live in the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. Other notable cities and towns on Vancouver Island include Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay, and Campbell River.
Vancouver Island is the world’s 43rd largest island, Canada’s 11th largest island, and Canada’s second most populous island after the Island of Montreal.
(2) Vancouver Coast and Mountains
The Vancouver Coast and Mountain region boasts not only a range of scenery and terrain, but activities and culture as well. From the cosmopolitan and trendy neighbourhoods of downtown Vancouver to the rainforests and secluded coves of the Sunshine Coast, a wide variety of spectacular scenery and diverse attractions are never more than a short drive away.
(3) Thompson Okanagan
The Thompson Okanagan really has everything needed in a British Columbian paradise. Warm, sunny valleys, narrow lakes with sandy beaches and lush, fruit laden orchards make it a vacation hot spot. Wine enthusiasts come to sample award-winning wines, paired with locally-grown foods and prepared by renowned chefs. Others come to relax by the water, golf championship courses or be pampered and rejuvenated at a spa or wellness centre. When boating, water-skiing and swimming are not in season, the region’s mountains become some of the province’s best snow-sport resorts. With so much to offer, you can be sure of a vacation that is either adventurous or relaxed always something to do.
(4) Kootenay Rockies region.
The Kootenay Rockies region stretches from the Okanagan Valley in the west to the Alberta border in the east. The British Columbia provincial boundary is the continental divide where water to the west flows out to the Pacific, and water to the east flows all the way to the Atlantic. The region has four mountain ranges: the Selkirks, Purcells, Monashees and the Rockies. A map of the Kootenay Rockies immediately shows several Provincial and National Parks that dot the region including Glacier, Mt. Revelstoke, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. It’s in these areas of mountain wilderness that visitors will find the most spectacular, and protected, scenery in the province.
Adventure tourism in abundance lives at the Kootenay Rockies, with hiking, biking, river rafting, paragliding, canoeing, golfing and more awaiting those committed to outdoor recreation.
(5) Northern British Columbia
Northern British Columbia is a vast region covering most of the northern half of the province of British Columbia .Untouched wilderness and indigenous culture. The North Coast is famous for fishing while the interior has untouched mountains, forests and wilderness.
(6) The Cariboo, Chilcotin
The Cariboo, Chilcotin and Coast region of British Columbia stretches from the Cariboo Mountains in the east to the west coast of BC on the Pacific Ocean.