Population: 4,400,057 (2011)
Premier: Christy Clark
Confederation Entry: July 20, 1871
British Columbia (B.C.), on the Pacific Coast, is Canada’s western most province, with a population over four million. The Port of Vancouver is our gateway to the Asia-Pacific. About one-half of all the goods produced in this province are forestry products, including lumber, newsprint, and pulp and paper products—the most valuable forestry industry in Canada. British Columbia is also known for mining, fishing, and the fruit orchards and wine industry of the Okanagan Valley. British Columbia has the most extensive park system in Canada, with approximately 600 provincial parks. The province’s large Asian communities have made Chinese and Punjabi the most spoken languages in the cities after English. The capital, Victoria, is a tourist centre and headquarters of the navy’s Pacific fleet.
Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship (2012). Canada – Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Statistics Canada, 2012