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Hike to peaks near Tofino for breathtaking panoramas of Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Ocean.

(Jeremy Koreski/All Canada Photos)

About BC

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 Lodge, Yoho National Park (JF Bergeron photo)

Lake O'Hara Lodge, Yoho National Park (JF Bergeron photo)

A strange thing happens when you arrive in British Columbia. Your senses awaken.

Be inspired by the view from the top of a mountain, or feel the warmth of a sun-baked desert.  Allow the scent of centuries-old rainforest surround you, or just listen to the waves of the Pacific Ocean roll in. Reward your taste buds and experience world-class cuisine crafted by internationally celebrated chefs.

Our friendly, laid-back locals won’t just make you feel at home, they’ll also help you discover the vast richness that our province has to offer. Sip your way through award-winning wineries. Hike along epic coastline or mountain trails. Get up close and personal, and meet BC's wildlife as you go whale or bear watching. Learn about our rich history and storied Aboriginal culture. Or explore our vibrant cities, surrounded by towering mountain peaks and deep blue ocean waters. Whatever you do you’ll never feel far from our spectacular nature.

There’s no end to what you can explore when you come to BC. And as a four-season destination, there’s no time like the present to start your adventure. So pack your sense of adventure and start planning a trip of a lifetime today.  

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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