British Columbia Facts

Interesting Facts about British Columbia (BC):

  • Many films are produced in British Columbia, boasting a 1.2 billion dollar industry, earning BC the title of “Holleywood North”.  When it comes to television and movie productions, BC comes in at the third largest producer after Los Angeles and New York. Some examples of films produced in BC include Twilight Saga, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Godzilla, Once Upon A Time, Ace Ventura, The Hurt Locker, Reindeer Games and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  • The “West Coast Special” is a term used to describe being able to ski and golf on the same day—a term exclusive to BC with such amenities so close in proximity to each other.  Another variation of the term is being able to surf and snowboard on the same day.
  • Of all the provinces in Canada, the largest number of international students from all over the globe come to British Columbia to study.  The largest post secondary schools in BC include the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the University of Victoria (UVic).
  • BC is Canada’s third largest producer of hydro electricity and the second largest producer of natural gas.
  • BC has a population of over 4.6 million people.
  • There are over 200 First Nations groups in BC.
  • BC’s provincial parks and protected natural areas draw over 20 million visitors annually.
  • Tourism in BC is a significant and growing industry, producing 13.4 billion dollars for the province’s economy in 2011.
  • The 2010 Winter Olympic Games were hosted in Vancouver in Whistler, located at the south western corner of BC.
  • BC attracts the most international students in Canada—approximately 100,000 international students from all over the world.
  • The provincial bird is the Stellar’s Jay, which is blue and black in color and can be found all over the province.  It became the province’s official bird in 1987 and was voted the most popular bird by BC citizens.
  • The provincial flower is the Pacific Dogwood since 1956.
  • Roughly 50% of all BC residents live in Metro Vancouver.
  • BC is one of the top three producers of cranberries and blueberries in the world.
  • BC produces close to 300,000 litres of icewine.
  • BC’s coastline is over 27,000 kilometers long.
  • The last spike of Canada Pacific Railway’s first transcontinental railway was driven in on November 7, 1885 in BC.
  • Of all the countries in the world, BC is only smaller than 30.
  • Claims of bigfoot sightings date back over 200 years in BC.
  • Osoyoos Lake has the warmest temperatures of any freshwater lake in Canada.