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is implemented in March and withdrawn in November. Once the DST is withdrawn, the clock will be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.
Land 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
Tourism at this time in British Columbia
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.