Official Website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/
Median Income, 2000
Capitol - Victoria
Area - British Columbia has an area of approximately 364,764 sq miles (944,735 sq km). The province is rectangular in shape and its extreme dimensions are
810 miles (1,310 km) from north to south, and 780 miles (1,250 km) from east to west. Elevations range from sea level to 15,299 feet (4,663 m). British
Columbia’s shoreline along the Pacific Ocean, including the coasts of islands and land bordering estuaries, is 20,348 miles (32,747 km) long.
The province is the only part of Canada on the Pacific Ocean, and it includes Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands off the western coast. British
Columbia is Canada’s third largest province in area and population. Much of British Columbia is rugged and mountainous. More than half the population lives
in the southwestern corner of the province, which includes the largest city, Vancouver, and the provincial capital, Victoria.
Climate - Climatic conditions vary greatly within small distances in this mountainous region. Coastal British Columbia has a mild climate and winters
are wet and cool with summers being warm especially in the south. The average coastal temperature is about 0°C (32°F) in January and in July ranges between
16° and 21°C (60° and 70°F). Ocean winds bring large amounts of precipitation to the coastal area, especially in autumn and winter. The interior (eastern
and northeastern) parts of the province have a more extreme climate. Winters are cold, summers warm, and there is moderate precipitation. Average temperatures
range from -15° to -10°C (5° to 14°F) in January, to between 16° and 22°C (60° and 74°F) in July. The lowest temperature ever recorded in British Columbia
was -58.9°C (-74° F), in Smith River in 1947. The highest temperature ever recorded was 44.4°C (111.9°F), at Lillooet in 1941.
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Official Flower - Pacific Dogwood
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