British Columbia stretches across an area of more than 920,000 square kilometres. In the west it is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the northwest by the U.S. state of Alaska, to the north by the Yukon and Northwest Territories, to the east by the province of Alberta and to the south by the American states of Washington, Idaho and Montana.
The capital city of British Columbia is Victoria, located at the south-eastern end of Vancouver Island. The city with the largest population is Vancouver, which is located in the southwest of the continental part of British Columbia known as the Lower Mainland. Other major cities include Surrey, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, Delta and New Westminster in the Lower Mainland, Abbotsford and Langley in the Fraser Valley, Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and Kelowna and Kamloops in the mountainous area of the Interior Plateau. Prince George is the largest city in the northern part of the province and the town of Vanderhoof, lying to the northwest from it is the geographical centre of the province.
In British Columbia there are many interesting places and tourist attractions.