British ColumbiaFrom picturesque coastal fishing towns and local artist communities, to snow-capped majestic mountains, desert plateaus and metropolitan urban centers, British Columbia offers some of the world’s most extraordinary scenery, pleasant climates and opportunities for living. No matter where you go in British Columbia, nature is at your doorstep.
British Colombia was first inhabited by the First Nations. Their rich and ancient history dates back thousands of years and is evident throughout the province, with streets, rivers, lakes, and villages often boasting First Nations names. Traditional long houses, soaring totems, and community potlatches are an integral thread in the province’s historical tapestry.
The city of Vancouver, the third largest city in Canada and second largest in the Pacific northwest, has a population of more than 600,000, while the Greater Vancouver Area boasts a population of nearly 3 million. Fine international dining, world-class shopping, art, exhibitions, culture, and a growing business sector are only a few of this vibrant city’s offerings, nestled pleasantly between the Strait of Georgia and the soaring peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range. It’s considered the gateway to the Pacific Rim.
In 2010, the eyes of the world were focused on this magnificent slice of Canada as Vancouver and Whistler hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Athletes and spectators converged upon this beautiful landscape in celebration of international sport. The “Athlete’s Village,” has become known as “The Village on False Creek” and was built to house the athletes during the games. Afterwards, it was retrofit and introduced into the housing market. The most current building to go to sale in The Village is “Canada House” home to the Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Teams.
As one of Canada’s renowned wine-growing regions, the Thompson Okanagan area, in British Columbia’s interior, has gained international recognition. The region is also home to lush orchards, and thriving ranches and farms. Its abundance of world-class golf courses and resorts, make a haven for active retirees and lifestyle enthusiasts. As Canada’s only desert climate, the interior boasts some of the warmest and longest summer climates in Canada. It is a world of contrasts, from raging rivers to tranquil lakes, spectacular sheer-walled canyons to wide open plains, mountain peaks and rolling grasslands. A land of spectacular natural beauty.
Northern British Columbia makes up more than half of the geographical area of the province. It is home to majestic mountains, forested valleys, pristine lakes, and the world’s largest unlogged coastal temperate rainforest. Snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, white-water rafting, and freshwater fishing are just a few of the many recreational opportunities in this spectacular outdoor playground. The area is characterized by a diverse climate from sun-filled summers to snowy winters.
There’s no doubt that whether you’re a nautical enthusiast, an experienced mountaineer or an upscale urbanite, British Columbia is yours to discover - The greatest place on earth. You’ve gotta be here!