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.
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.