British Columbia Facts

Key Facts About the Province of British Columbia, Canada

Lions Gate Bridge, British Columbia
Lions Gate Bridge, British Columbia. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

 

On the west coast of Canada, British Columbia is the third largest Canadian province. British Columbia has three main mountain ranges and is two-thirds covered in forest.

Location of British Columbia

On the west coast of Canada, with the Pacific Ocean on the west and the province of Alberta on the east, British Columbia is bounded by the state of Alaska, the Northwest Territories and Yukon on the north and the states of Montana, Idaho, and Washington on the south.

See map of British Columbia

Area of British Columbia

922,509.29 square km (356,182.83 square miles) (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Population of British Columbia

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

Capital City of British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Date British Columbia Entered Confederation

July 20, 1871

Government of British Columbia

BC Liberal Party

Last British Columbia Provincial Election

May 14, 2013

Premier of British Columbia

Premier Christy Clark

Main British Columbia Industries

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

See Also:
Canadian Provinces and Territories - Key Facts