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4,510,858 (est.)

Largest Cities
Vancouver and Victoria

Land Area
364,764 square miles

Highest Point
Fairweather Mountain, 15,300 feet

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British Columbia
Visitor Information

Here you will find key information for planning your next visit or vacation in British Columbia. Some of this information has been developed by authors of this web site. Other information is in the form of external links that point to other webs about British Columbia. Explore links and descriptions below to find information crucial to planning a trouble free trip, including weather reports, transportation, travel guides, and British Columbia government websites.

Government Web Sites

British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands & Parks
This home page of the B.C. provincial government department covers information on air and water quality, fisheries, wildlife and parks.

Hello British Columbia!
Most direct access to travel information from the British Columbia department of tourism. Offers information on "Travel Tips & Info", "How to Plan Your B.C. Vacation", "Getting Here & Getting Around" plus information on geography and history.

Tourism British Columbia
Corporate site where you'll find news, research and programs for tourism operators, media and industry stakeholders.

Travel British Columbia
This government sanctioned web site is a group effort of the tourism industry. For people unfamiliar with BC, there is a provincial tour, or users may search the activities section and accommodations directories.

Commercial Web Sites

BC Camping
Web site of the British Columbia Lodging & Campgrounds Association, a non-profit trade association representing over 750 motels, motor inns, resorts, lodges, and campgrounds in British Columbia. A good place to start when planning a trip through British Columbia.

Beautiful British Columbia
This home page for a hardcopy magazine includes sample online stories. Founded in 1959, the magazine covers B.C.'s magnificent scenery, parks, wilderness, wildlife, geography, ecology, and heritage and includes an editorial supplement on travel and leisure.

The British Columbia Adventure Network
A tourism information guide to travel in British Columbia. Find accommodations at resorts, hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. Enjoy B.C. outdoor recreation including fishing, camping, and hiking. Explore the cities, towns, lakes and rivers of British Columbia. Learn about B.C.'s animals, birds, forests and game fish. Visitors will appreciate the B.C. Points of Interest and information on B.C. Provincial Parks.

British Columbia Earthquake Centre
This page contains links to government and other resources pertaining primarily to earthquakes in and around the British Columbia area.

British Columbia Online Highways

British Columbia Travel Guide
Has written descriptions of over ten cities. Offers forms for requesting information about accommodation, some listings of actual establishments, and reservations facility. (This is an Internet Vacations B.C. web site.)

Personal Web Sites

British Columbia History
David Mattison's web page contains links to historical associations, departments, databases, conferences, authors, exhibits, images, and historic sites.

A History of the Northwest Coast
First person accounts taken from journals of fur traders and Indian prophets, and ethnographic papers of the early European/Indian contact period on the coast of British Columbia. (A web site by Bruce Hallman.)

In Light of Nature
Search through Pat Bate's nature and adventure sports photos for a visual taste of B.C. and beyond. The images, which are changed continually, include national parks, wildlife and backcountry skiing.



Provincial Highways Road Reports
Provides latest reported conditions for highways in British Columbia plus maps to help you locate a specific route.

ICBC Travel Advisory
Real time road and weather conditions from ICBC, Environment Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways

A few words of caution:

  • Headlights should be on at all times.

  • The minimum age for drivers in British Columbia is 16 years.

  • Seat belts are compulsory for the driver, front-seat passengers, as well as the passengers in the back next to the doors (if the vehicle is fitted with seat belts here). Children under the age of six years must be in approved child restraints.

  • All motorcyclists (drivers and passengers) must wear helmets.


British Columbia Ferries
British Columbia Ferry Corporation, BC Ferries, Home Page

The Ferry Traveller
Site provides an overview of the coast, destination schedules for each of the routes plied by Washington State Ferries, Alaska Ferries, BC Ferries and the 7 Independent ferry systems plying the coastal waters of the Canadian West Coast and the US Pacific Northwest. It also aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about ferry travel.


Rocky Mountaineer Railtours
A privately run tourist train running summer excursions packages between Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper or Banff and Calgary.  Packages include hotel in Kamloops, meals, etc.

White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
See some of the most beautiful scenery in the world on the railroad traveled by thousands of stampeders during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. This train runs summer tourist excursions from Skagway, Alaska into the northwest corner of British Columbia.


Weather - British Columbia
This links to Weather Office's page for British Columbia.

Weather warnings - British Columbia
This links to Weather Office's page for weather warnings, advisories and summaries in British Columbia, as issued by Environment Canada.


B.C. Wine Trails
On-line web site featuring personal tours and interviews of B.C. wineries; tasting notes on new releases; tour maps and information; dining and accommodation references; together with the latest news on B.C. wines.


British Columbia Lodging & Campgrounds Association. Suite 209 - 3003 St. John's Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2C4. Phone: 604-945-7676; Toll Free: 1-888-923-4678; Fax: 604-945-7606. E-mail


Museums and Exhibits

BC Heritage Sites
Heritage Branch, 5th floor, 800 Johnson Street at Blanshard Street, PO Box 9818, Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, BC V8W 9W3. Phone: 250-356-1432 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday); Toll-free: 1-800-663-7867 (7 am to 10 pm daily; ask for Heritage Branch); Fax: 250-356-7796. E-mail Operates 13 unique historic sites where public programs are presented.

British Columbia Museum Association
Site includes a database of museums and galleries which can be browsed by city or category, or searched by keyword.



BC Golf British Columbia
A complete guide to all BC golf courses, free contests, video clips, classified ads, course reviews.


Destination Snow. #201 - 20641 Logan Avenue, Langley, BC. Phone: 604-532-1088; Toll-free: 1-877-507-5596; Fax: 604-532-1079. E-mail