Only a narrow strip of Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Victoria, is significantly populated.
Much of the western part of Vancouver Island and the rest of the coast is covered by temperate rainforest.
British Columbia is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and the American state of Alaska, to the north by Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, to the east by the province of Alberta, and to the south by the American states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana.
British Columbia evolved from British possessions that were established in what is now British Columbia by 1871.
First Nations, the original inhabitants of the land, have a history of at least 10,000 years in the area.
The province is currently governed by the British Columbia New Democratic Party, led by John Horgan, in a minority government with the confidence and supply of the Green Party of British Columbia.
Horgan became premier as a result of a no-confidence motion on June 29, 2017.
The largest city is Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, the largest in Western Canada, and the second-largest in the Pacific Northwest.
In October 2013, British Columbia had an estimated population of 4,606,371 (about 2.5 million of whom were in Greater Vancouver).JOB SUSTAINMENT: Assistance to support you start and/or maintain your new job.Find out about how you can receive funded skills training for up to 120 days while on Income Assistance.Our services are cost-free and tailored to residents who are unemployed or working less that 20 hours a week and legally entitled to work in Canada and are not currently attending full time school. You can drop by today and see an employment counsellor directly – OR, you can check your eligibility and what types of services are available. SHORT-TERM CERTIFICATION TRAINING: Need a certificate for a specific job?Find out how to access 35 hours of certificate training.British Columbia's land area is 944,735 square kilometres (364,800 sq mi).