Welcome to British Columbia

Beautiful British Columbia

Before British Columbia became a colony, the central region was previously known as “New Caledonia” while the southern region was known as “Columbia”. When it became a colony, the name British Columbia was given by Queen Victoria in 1858 to avoid any confusion with Colombia in South America and the island of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. The province also has nicknames and slogans such as “Super, Natural, British Columbia” and “The Pacific Province”.

British Columbia (BC) is the province located in the most western part of Canada. Alberta, Alaska, Yukon, Northwest territories, the United States of America and the Pacific Ocean border the province. The finance, insurance, real estate and construction industries were the major economic drivers of BC in 2016. Other industries include agriculture, forestry, mining, natural gas and tourism. There is lots to do in this beautiful province; from camping, to biking,  hiking, zip-lining and even skiing and snowboarding. Major places of attraction within the province include Butchart GardensAle TrailPrince of Whales whale-WatchingRoyal BC MuseumBrentwood Bay Resort and SpaThe Parliament buildings and The Historical Cook Street Village.

Click on the buttons below to learn more about British Columbia and get more details about settling down in the province.


Official Flag

The Kermode bear or “spirit bear” (Ursus americanus kermodei) – Official Animal


The Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii)- Floral Emblem


The western red cedar (Thuja plicata) – Official Tree


The Steller’s jay (Cyanacitta stelleri) – Official Bird

Official Tartan

Jade – Official Mineral



Photo credit: www.canada.ca;  Places of attraction: www.us-keepexploring.canada.travel