Time in British Columbia (Canada)

What is the Time in British Columbia (Canada)

The current local time in British Columbia is displayed in the analog clock running live above. Alberta is a Province in Canada which is in North America. Canada is in UTC-8:00 hours time zone Pacific Standard Time. However, when the DST or Daylight Saving Time is in force in British Columbia the clock will be advanced by one hour to read UTC-7:00 hours Pacific Daylight Time. Normally, DST is implemented in March and withdrawn in November. Once the DST is withdrawn, the clock will be reverted back by that extra one hour to UTC-8:00 hours Pacific Standard Time which is the actual zone time of British Columbia, Canada. This is repeated every year as long as DST is brought in force by their government.

Time in British Columbia Canada - MapLand Water Areas at this time in British Columbia, Canada

At this time British Columbia has about 0.944 million square kilometers of land of which only 5% is arable, yet the province is very rich agriculturally, particularly in the Fraser and Okanagan valleys as these places have much milder weather near the coast and in some sheltered southern valleys.

Population at this Time in British Columbia, Canada

The Population at this time in British Columbia is about 4.6 million as per census estimates in 2013. Out of this only 4.8% or 200,000 approximately are the only aboriginal population. History reveals that the population existed in British Columbia for at least 10,000 years.who mostly survived on agriculture. Logging, mining and farming happens to be one of its major economic mainstay. About 5000 years back the main social structure in British Columbia was Hunter Gatherer families. At that time the nomadic population who lived in semi permanent structures and lived on berries, nuts, edible roots, hunting and trapping animals for fud and fur. In 1770 smallpox epidemic wiped off 30% of the population. Worst smallpox epidemic was seen in 1862 during which time, 50% of native populaton got killed.

British Columbia Capital

The Capital of British Columbia is Victoria, which is named after the queen Victoria who at that time actually created the colony of British Columbia. It also happens to be the fifteenth largest metropolitan region in Canada. However, the largest metropolitan city in British Columbia is Vancouver which is the third largest metropolitian city in Canada. At this time the British Columbia has the fourth largest GDP in Canada with a per capita of $45,430 in 2012.

Languages at this time in British Columbia

The languages spoken by people at this time in British Columbia are English 71%, Chinese 8.5%, Indian language Punjabi 4%, German 2.2%, French 1.4%, Tagalog 1.3%, Korean 1.2%, Spanish 0.9%. The other languages spoken by small fraction of people in British Columbia are Persian, Italian, Dutch, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Russina, Polish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Croatian etc. At this time there a few thousand people numbered between 2000 to 10,000 who also speak Arabic, Urdu, Danish, Greek, Gujarati, Romanian, Serbian, Czech, Finnish, Athabaskan, Slovak, Norwegian, Tamil, Salish, Iiocano, Malay, Bisayan, Swedish, turkish, Tsimshianic and such other languages too.

Climate at this time in British Columbia

At this time in British Columbia the Winters are usually very severe in the Northern interiors with the coldest temperature recorded at -74 F or -58.9 deg C which also happens to be the coldest temperature readings recorded anywhere in the Northern America.The valley of Southern interiors normally experience short winters with only a few infrequent heavy snow fall, where as the central interior are colder due to their higher altitude and latitudes.The coastal regions of British Columbia however has rainy mild oceanic climate with a dry summer because of the Kuroshio current also called the Japan current mergin into the North Pacific Ocean drift current. The annual mean temperature at this time in the most populated areas of British Columbia is around 12 deg C or 54 deg F which is the mildest anywhere in Canada taken as a whole. Notwithstanding all these, during winter on the coast sometimes there is relentless heavy rains basically because of the consistent formation of cyclonic low pressure systems in the North Pacific. Snow fall usually has an average figures of 25 to 50 cm, but not in every winter.

Tourism at this time in British Columbia

At this time in British Columbia tourism is encouraged by its mild climate for outdoor recreation. The coast mountains and the inside passage's few inlets give spectacular scenery in the British Columbia which is the main backdrop and context for an ever growing outdoor adventure and ecotourism industry. More than three fourth of the province happens to be over 1000 meters above mean sea level (3300 feet) out of which more than half is thick forest. British Columbia boasts of over 141 ecological reserves, about 35 provincial marine parks and about 7 provincial heritage sites. In addition there are about 6 national historic sites of Canada, 4 national parks and 3 national park reserves in British Columbia. All of these add up to about 12.5% or 114,000 square kilometers of land area. Hunting, fishing, water sports like kayaking, white water rafting, sailing, skiing, mountain biking, snow boarding etc are great attractions in these times. This time the 2010 winter olympics downhill events were held in Whistler Blackcomb area of British Columbia and the indoor events were conducted in the Vancouver area.

Government at this time in British Columbia

At this time in British Columbia, Canada, it has an 85 member elected Legislative Assembly which is elected by the plurality voting system. There is an ongoing debate although about switching to a single transferable vote system. British Columbia however is known to be having politically active labour unions who support certain parties. It is also said that British Columbia is under represented in the Senate of Canada.  At this time half the British Columbians are living in the Metro Vancouver area which is represented in the regional district as the electoral area called the Greater Vancouver Electoral Area. There are 17 Indian reserves located in the metropolitan area but are outside the jurisdiction of the regional district and not represented in its government. The second largest concentration of British Columbia population is located in the southern tip of  Vancouver Island at this time is making up for 13 municipalities of Greater Victoria. This metropolitan area also includes several Indian reserves whose governments are not part of regional district.

Why Named British Columbia?

In the year 1858, the Hudson Bay Company chose the name British Columbia and in 1871 it became the sixth province of Canada. The name has stayed even to this time.