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Lake in the Woods, British Columbia

Lake in the Woods, British Columbia

Courtesy Tourism BC

Updated: 2/8/12

About the Province of British Columbia:

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:

944,735 sq. km (364,764 sq. miles) (Natural Resources Canada, 2001)

Population of British Columbia:

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

Capital City of 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

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