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BC facts and sample entries

A few of BC's vital statistics at your fingertips.

Total area of BC - 947,800 sq km

1996 population - 3,724,500 (12.7% of Canadian population; third most populous province)

Percentage of population living in Lower Mainland - 55.5%

Length of the coastline - 27,200 km (including shorelines of islands)

Number of national parks - 6

Number of provincial parks - about 550 (new ones are being created all the time)

Largest provincial park - Tweedsmuir (974,246 ha)

Three highest mountains - Fairweather Mtn (4,663 m), Mt Quincy Adams (4,133 m), Mt Waddington (4,016 m)

Highest point on Vancouver Island - Golden Hinde (2,200 m)

Size of Vancouver Island - 31,284 sq km

Population of Vancouver Island - 671,000

BC's aboriginal population (1996) - 139,655 (3.8% of total population%