British Columbia (French: la Colombie-Britannique) is the westernmost of province of Canada. It is known for its natural beauty, as reflected in its Latin motto, "Splendor sine occasu" ("Splendour without Diminishment"). In 1871, it became the sixth province of Canada.
In 2009, British Columbia had an estimated population of 4,419,974 (about two million of whom were in Metro Vancouver).
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 and the second-largest in the Pacific Northwest.
For more details see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia