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About British Columbia

Beautiful British Columbia or “The Best Place on Earth”…. So says the logo on the License plate. British Columbia truly is a spectacular place. Canada’s most western Province and the only place in Canada where you can golf and ski (snow or water) in the same day!

Home to the 1986 World expo and the 2010 Winter Olympics, this province sets itself apart for its natural beauty and cosmopolitan cities. With a population of 4,627,452 most residents of the province live in the Greater Vancouver area or the lower mainland. The capital city is Victoria, which is located on Vancouver Island. More than half the entire population lives in the lower Greater Vancouver area or on Vancouver Island.

The City of Vancouver (population over 2.5 million) is a world class city and the third largest city in Canada. With its cultural diversity and location to some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, Vancouver has been voted many times as one of the top 10 places to live and work in the entire world. It’s simply a great place to move to.

The economy of British Columbia is mostly resource based, with vast boreal forest’s containing giant 1000 year old Red Wood Cedar trees. It has a vibrant lumber business as well as large mining, and fishery industries. The city of Vancouver has its own stock exchange where most Canadian resource based companies have their companies listed. Those are the reasons why people are moving to British Columbia from all over Canada.


Vancouver or anywhere in the lower mainland, are fantastic places to live and work. Just south of Vancouver is Surrey which boasts 88 parks for leisure activities. With the largest mountain ranges in North America a short drive away, the skiing, hiking and fishing are some of the best in the world. You can catch rainbow trout in a mountain stream in the morning and then catch Halibut and large Salmon in the ocean later that afternoon. Or ski on the Blackcomb glacier located in Whistler in the morning and meet business clients in the afternoon back in the city in the middle of August!

Some of the best neighborhood’s to live in Vancouver are the North shore which has a reputation for some of the most expensive homes in Canada. Burnaby is home to Simon Fraser University which is an excellent university with diverse programs; however, it is not as famous as UBC (University of British Columbia), which is one of Canada’s top 5 universities. Other major cities also located within the GVA are Coquitlam, Richmond, Delta and New Westminster. If you like living on a large beautiful Island, you might want to check out Nanaimo or Victoria which are major cities located on Vancouver Island. In the Lower Mainland you have fantastic smaller cities such as Abbotsford, Pitt Meadows, Langley and Maple Ridge.

Perhaps a slower more outdoor lifestyle suits you better.  If so, try living in one of the interior cities such as Kelowna or Kamloops. Or head way up north into BC’s rugged coastline and check out Prince Rupert or Prince George. If you like lots of snow you have to check out Revelstoke where the average snow fall in the mountains is over 50 feet. In fact, Revelstoke holds the Canadian record for snowfall which is 2447 cm or 80.3 feet in a single winter! If you’re into snowmobiling or skiing, this is the place to go!

It is no surprise that thousands of people every month are moving to BC. With the mild winter temperatures and warm summers, Vancouver, the lower mainland and Island are excellent places to live and work. It’s hard to beat living in Vancouver or anywhere in British Columbia with its natural beauty, modern cities, and so much outdoor recreational activities close by.  It’s no wonder it is always rated as one of the top 10 places to live, work or visit.

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