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British Columbia Canada
Vancouver is in British Columbia, which is Canada's westernmost province and one of North America's most mountainous regions. BC is bordered by the province of Alberta, the Yukon Territory and several U.S. states, including Alaska. Given its location, British Columbia is a gateway to the Pacific and Asia.
British Columbia SightseeingThere are endless opportunities for exploring the natural beauty and culture of our country. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and lush coastal mountains, Vancouver is a recreational paradise. The city is blessed with a year-round mild climate and is just minutes from 8 beaches, 3 ski mountains, and Stanley Park's 1000 acres of rainforest. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, VEC's campus is surrounded by shops, malls, sports facilities, restaurants, and art galleries.
The Economy of British ColumbiaOur economy is based on the province's great natural resources, primarily its vast forests, which cover 56 percent of its total area. Conifers from these forests are converted into lumber, newsprint, pulp and paper products, shingles and shakes - about half the total softwood inventory of Canada.
British Columbia TourismTourism is the next most important economic sector. Each year, about 15 million people visit British Columbia. With over five million hectares of parkland, the Rocky Mountains remain the biggest attraction. Coastal B.C., with its beaches, hiking trails, artists' colonies, wildlife reserves, whale-sighting locales and other attractions, is not far behind.
Vancouver Consumers GuideUse our guide as a handy reference to find hotels, restaurants, professional services, and more in Vancouver. Go to our Vancouver Consumers Guide now.