Life in B.C.

Culture and lifestyle

The province's unique lifestyle and culture give British Columbians an unparalleled quality of life. Located on Canada's west coast, British Columbia (B.C.) is a beautiful and exciting place to live and work. Residents benefit from a high standard of living, excellent public health care, a culturally diverse population, safety, and stability.

Studies and rankings such as the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Livability Index and Mercer's Quality of Living Ranking place Vancouver, B.C. among the top cities in the world.

Learn more about regions in B.C.

Diversity of cultures and communities

As one of the most diverse provinces in Canada, B.C. is home to a vibrant, multicultural population, welcoming over 40,000 immigrants every year who share their culture through art, entertainment, and cuisine.

The best of all four seasons

Areas along the south coast of B.C. have year-round temperate climates. Throughout summer, the coast is warm with temperatures averaging around (68°F) 20°C. Winters are among the mildest in all of Canada with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing.

The interior and central regions of B.C. have hotter summers with temperatures often reaching over 86°F (30°C). Winters are colder and snowier in contrast to coastal regions.

In northern B.C., winter days are long and cold with heavier snowfall. Summer days tend to be shorter and wetter with heavy rainfall during the spring and fall.

Outdoor adventures

Enjoy an enormous selection of recreational opportunities, including biking, hiking, golfing, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, watersports, and so much more. Explore mountains, beaches, resorts, campsites, and unique wilderness adventures while experiencing B.C.'s natural beauty.