We are proud to be a
Canadian Company located in British Columbia, Canada:
British Columbia (B.C. or
BC) (French: la Colombie-Britannique, C.-B.) is the
westernmost of Canada's provinces and is known for its
natural beauty, as reflected in its Latin motto,
Splendor sine occasu ("Splendour without Diminishment").
Its name was chosen by Queen Victoria in 1858. In 1871,
it became the sixth province of Canada.
As well as being the westernmost province of Western
Canada, British Columbia is also a component of the
Pacific Northwest, along with the US states of Oregon
The capital of British Columbia is Victoria, the 15th
largest metropolitan region in Canada. 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 2009, British
Columbia had an estimated population of 4,419,974 (about
two and a half million of whom were in Greater
Vancouver). The province is currently governed by the BC
Liberal Party, led by Premier Christy Clark, who became
leader as a result of the party election on February 26,
British Columbia's economy is largely resource-based. It
is the endpoint of transcontinental highways and
railways and the site of major Pacific ports, which
enable international trade. Less than five percent of
its land is arable; the province is agriculturally rich
(particularly in the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys)
because of its mild weather.
Its climate encourages
outdoor recreation and tourism, though its economic
mainstay has long been resource extraction, principally
logging and mining. While the coast of BC and certain
valleys in the south-central part of the province have
mild weather, the majority of BC's land mass experiences
a cold winter temperate to subarctic climate similar to
the rest of Canada.