British Columbia is internationally renowned for its gorgeous natural backdrop and mild climate. People from around the world and within Canada flock to this beautiful province to enjoy the mountains, beaches, ocean, lakes and rainforest.


  • BC winters are temperate, with coastal snowfall usually melting within a few days.
  • Summer temperatures range from 22 to 28°C (83°F) in BC’s coastal communities, and often over 30°C in the interior.
  • 1,126,000 job openings are expected in BC between 2009 and 2019.
  • BC’s current population is projected at 4,602,748, and is expected to grow to 6,075,700 by 2036.
  • The current median age in BC is 40.

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  • The current population of Kamloops is 87,110, with a growth rate of 4.4%.
  • Thomson Rivers University in Kamloops is one of the city’s largest employers, and has a student population of over 10,000 (1/5 that of UBC’s). It is the province’s newest university.
  • Other major employers are the Royal Inland Hospital, School District #73 and the Highland Valley Copper Mine.
  • Local attractions include the Kamloops Art Gallery, the British Columbia Wildlife Park, and 13 golf courses
  • Kamloops has generally mild and short winters.
  • Summers are hot and dry with an average high of 29°C.

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  • Sun Peaks is just 50 km northeast of Kamloops.
  • It is home to the second largest ski area in BC, third largest in Canada with 3678 acres of terrain.
  • Sun Peaks became Canada’s first mountain resort municipality on June 28, 2010, with a population of 400.
  • Sun Peaks is a popular vacation destination year round, and has 900 non-resident property owners.
  • Sun Peaks’ Discovery Center for Balanced Learning offers kindergarten through grade 7 education.
  • All kinds of amenities and retail shops can be found in Sun Peaks Resort Village, which is designed for leisurely strolling, with bus service available in the winter.

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  • Located in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford is just over an hour drive to Vancouver.
  • Abbotsford features the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Baker to the southeast, and the Coast Mountains to the north.
  • Abbotsford’s southern neighbour is the U.S. state of Washington.
  • Abbotsford is the fifth largest municipality in BC, with a population in 2007 of 131,827, and a growth rate of 7.2%.
  • Attractions include the TRADEX, which hosts around 90 events each year including tradeshows and sporting events, and the Abbotsford International Airshow.
  • Abbotsford is home to the University of the Fraser Valley, which received ‘A Grades’ across the board in the Globe and Mail Canadian University Report for quality of education, student-faculty interaction, and ease of registration.
  • The average household income in Abbotsford is $56,165.
  • The main industries in Abbotsford are agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and retail.

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