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The Best Places to Live in British Columbia

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The province of British Columbia is located in western Canada and borders the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. British Columbia is Canada's third most populous province.

There are 52 cities in the province. The largest and smallest of which are Vancouver and Greenwood, respectively.

We've prepared a list of the top best cities to live in British Columbia.


Vancouver is the most populous city in British Columbia. It is a coastal port city, one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse. It is designated as a beta global city and is considered one of the best cities in the world in terms of quality of life. Forestry and tourism are the most significant industries here.

The city is also one of the largest centers of film production in North America and is often referred to as "North Hollywood." In addition, given its location on the Pacific coast, Metro Vancouver is the third-largest port in North America.


Burnaby is the third-largest city in British Columbia. The city is located east of Vancouver and is part of the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area.

Burnaby is home to many technology firms, including Telus and Electronic Arts. In addition, heavy industry companies such as Petro-Canada and Chevron Corporation operate in the city.


The city is located south of the Fraser River and is part of the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area. Surrey is one of the largest industrial centers in the province, with thriving health, education, agriculture, clean energy, and manufacturing sectors. The city has a fast-growing technology sector. Most of the food consumed in Surrey is grown locally.


Richmond is a vibrant city in British Columbia with a unique mix of residential and commercial real estate, farmland, industrial parks, waterways and natural areas.

Richmond today is a multicultural community. The newcomers have made significant contributions to small businesses and retail growth. The city creates very favorable conditions for life.

Richmond supports about 100,000 jobs in various industries, including services, retail, tourism, light manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, fisheries, and government. The city is also the region's leading hub for high-tech companies, including Norsat and Sierra Wireless.


Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, located in the southeastern part of Vancouver Island. For over 100 years, it has been considered not only the most beautiful city but also the main resort in Canada, which is visited by about 4 million tourists annually.

There is a lot of greenery here, and the classic British style of architecture gives it a peculiar charm. The most magnificent and remarkable building of the city is the Parliament building, built in the neo-baroque style. Victoria lies in a moderately warm Mediterranean climate. The city was created for a comfortable and happy life.


The city is located in the Fraser Valley and is an integral part of Vancouver. Abbotsford is renowned for its colorful international aviation shows. They are organized at the airport. There is also the Rothery Stadium. It was built in 1986 and is intended for football, rugby and running. The city even has its own teams of track and field athletes, rugby players, and football players.