Coat of arms of British Columbia
British Columbia is the kingdom of abundance. Where glaciated mountains stand over an unruly Pacific. Rainforests wrap cities. Nature shapes culture. The wild breathing life back into the wild within.

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Confederation July 20, 1871 (7th)
Capital Victoria
Largest city Vancouver
Largest metro Metro Vancouver
 • Type Constitutional monarchy
 • Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon
 • Premier John Horgan (NDP)
Legislature Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Federal representation (in Canadian Parliament)
House seats 42 of 338 (12.4%)
Senate seats 6 of 105 (5.7%)
 • Total 944,735 km2(364,764 sq mi)
 • Land 925,186 km2(357,216 sq mi)
 • Water 19,548.9 km2(7,547.9 sq mi)  2.1%
Area rank Ranked 5th
  9.5% of Canada
Population (2016)
 • Total 4,648,055 [1]
 • Estimate (2017 Q1) 4,777,157 [2]
 • Rank Ranked 3rd
 • Density 5/km2 (10/sq mi)
Demonym(s) British Columbian[3]
Official languages English
 • Rank 4th
 • Total (2015) C$249.981 billion[4]
 • Per capita C$53,267 (8th)
Time zone Pacific (most of province)
Mountain (far eastern) UTC−8 & −7
Postal abbr. BC
Postal code prefix V
ISO 3166 code CA-BC
Flower Pacific dogwood
Tree Western red cedar
Bird Steller’s jay