British Columbians should count themselves lucky. Living in this province has its fair share of perks. We all know it's beautiful, but there are plenty of other fun facts that make BC number one.
Check out these cool little tidbits and come to respect our wonderful home even more:
BC Hydro and Vancity Credit Union were ranked first and second best employers in Canada by Forbes in 2016.
2. Health Food
“Total BC organic market share for prepackaged grocery items is almost double what it is for the rest of Canada —2.9% in BC vs. 1.6% nationally.” - Canada Organic Trade Association
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3. Life Expectancy
British Columbians have a life expectancy of 82.2 years – greater than the rest of Canada – and considered amongst the healthiest places in the world, behind only Switzerland and Sweden. - Global News
Vancouver is the most multicultural city in Canada, constantly competing with Toronto for the number one spot. However Richmond, BC has been deemed the best city to settle as an immigrant in Canada. - Immigroup
BC has been given the highest education and skill rating in Canada along side Ontario and Alberta. The city of Victoria has been crowned the most educated in all of Canada at the latest census in 2010. - The Conference Board of Canada
Determined the most beautiful province in 2014 with both incredible mountain ranges and impressive coastal vistas, as well as some of Canada's most beautiful people. - Abacus Data
7. Economic Growth
BC has had the best economic growth in Canada this year with real GDP growth of 2.7 percent. - The Conference Board of Canada
8. Drinking Water
Clearbrook, Abbotsford, BC, wins the title of best tap water in the world! - Global News
BC is the wettest province with the highest average annual recorded rainfall. Some places in BC like McInnes Island have received more rain in a single day than other parts of Canada receive in an entire year. - Current Results Nexus
10. Sunny Days
Despite outrageous amounts of rainfall in some areas, BC's city of Kelowna still leads Canada in the most, on average, hot sunny summer days. - Current Results Nexus
11. Environmental Activism and Awareness
Greenpeace was formed in Vancouver in 1971. Since then, BC has become the greenest province in Canada with both the most green jobs and green buildings. - CBC News
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Currently, BC has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. With Alberta's concentration in the oil and gas industry, they have been losing jobs steadily, while BC has had outstanding job growth in the last year. - Business In Vancouver
13. Tallest Mountain
Mount Logan is the tallest mountain in Canada at 5,959 m. Second tallest in North America after Denali in Alaska.
14. Longest River
The Yukon River is the longest river in Canada at 3,187 km.
15. Quality of Life
BC has ranked first in an OECD study, suggesting that British Columbians, on average, enjoy the highest quality of life in Canada, measured across a number of categories, some of which have been listed in this article. Overall, BC clearly has it pretty good.
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