British Columbia is the western most province in Canada. It is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the US State of Alaska to the northwest. To the north it is bounded by the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, on the east by Alberta, and on the south by the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria, and province's population is 4,338,106 in 2007 accounting for 13% of the national population. The total area of British Columbia is 947,800 km2 with 25,730 km of coast line. It was explored by the Spanish in 1774, Captain Cook explored in 1778, and Captain Vancouver was sent to survey the coast by the Royal Navy in 1792. British Columbia joined Confederation in 1871, based on a promise that a transcontinential railway would be completed in 10 years. Since March 14, 2011, the premier of British Columbia is Christy Clark, the leader of the British Columbian Liberal Party, which is the comparitively conservative party in British Columbian politics. 
The largest city in British Columbia is Vancouver with a population of approximately 600,000, with the greater Vancouver area accounting for approximately 2,000,000 people. British Columbia is also home to Gibsons, setting of the long running Canadian television series The Beachcombers.
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