Located between the province of Alberta and the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia became Canada's 6th province in 1871. Named by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1858, its name references the area's natural beauty and its Latin meaning, "Splendour without Diminishment." While the capital city of Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, the city of Vancouver has the distinction of being the largest city in the province and the third largest in the country. With a location close to the mountains and the water, British Columbia is a veritable mecca for recreational activities like hiking, mountain biking, skiing and assorted watersports throughout the year.
A LITTLE ABOUT BRITISH COLUMBIA
The area was settled by Native populations like the Haida and the Na- Dene more than 10,000 years ago, but the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century very much diminished the presence of the original settlers. The fur trade was carried out in the area and with the extension of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), British Columbia soon became a part of Canada. While the industries of mining, forestry and agriculture in the Fraser Valley have been hugely influential in the province following the fur trade, the Port of Vancouver has ensured significant changes for the Western province and it is now a hub for tourism and outdoor recreation.
ENTERTAINMENT & ATTRACTIONS
British Columbia is known for its natural beauty all over the world, and with national parks like Glacier, Kootenay and Yoho, the province draws many outdoor enthusiasts and international travellers. Vancouver Island is also a popular escape for many travelers who are lured in by the British style of Victoria and the dramatic seascapes Tofino's beaches offer up. Vancouver is also a favourite destination for travellers from all over the world and is considered one of the most liveable of cities in the world.
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