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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

British Columbia, B.C., BC

Do not hyphenate the name British Columbia.

  • Tourists often say that British Columbia is not a province but a state of mind.

Note that B.C. is the abbreviation for British Columbia, while BC (without periods) is the Canada Post symbol for that province.

  • Mount Robson, B.C., is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Address the parcel to 971 Richmond Park, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1O2.

In speaking and informal writing, B.C. is often used instead of British Columbia.

  • This branch of the Zheng family settled in B.C. over a hundred years ago.