British Columbia

British Columbia is a land of contrasts where the Rocky Mountains, Canada's only desert, and the Pacific Ocean come together. People from around the world coexist in British Columbia: from metropolis Vancouver influenced by the Pacific Rim, to its charming capital city Victoria, steeped in British charm and tradition.

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Quick Facts

Population: over 4.1 million

Capital City: Victoria

Largest City: Vancouver

GLBT Legislation: BC included "sexual orientation" in its human rights legislation as a prohibited ground of discrimination. BC became the second province in Canada to legalize same-sex marriage in July 2003.

Sports Fans: Whistler is host to the 2010 Winter Olympics

Noteworthy: Vancouver is home to Canada's third largest gay neighborhood and pride event.


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