Regions and School Districts


Located on Canada’s west coast, British Columbia is geographically diverse and in some cases can have many differences within a region. Here is a brief overview of B.C.’s main regions:

Lower Mainland
The Vancouver area of B.C., also called “the Lower Mainland”, is a beautiful place to learn and live.

From the high-rises of Vancouver and Surrey to family-centred neighbourhoods, you will find a community and school to suit your needs.

Vancouver Island
In addition to its natural beauty, the Vancouver Island region offers high-quality education, easy travel to Vancouver and Seattle, and friendly cities and towns.

The provincial Capital of B.C., Victoria, is also located at the southern end of Vancouver Island.

Travelling inland (east) from Vancouver, you will find beautiful vineyards, orchards, lakes, beaches and mountains, with hot, dry summers and excellent ski resorts for winter recreation.

The Kootenay region is B.C.’s Rocky Mountain playground located in the southeast area of the province.

Here you can enjoy powder skiing in the winter, and explore many lakes, hot springs and hiking trails.


The Northeast of B.C. spans from the Peace River Valley to the Rocky Mountains and is home to cities like Fort St. John, Prince George and Dawson Creek.

Northern B.C. is popular with people who love the wilderness experience of camping, fishing, hiking and other activities.

Central and North Coast
The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region is home to small towns like Bella Coola, Williams Lake and Quesnel.

The region offers outdoor adventure with fishing, hiking, and camping. You can even experience cowboy culture and gold panning!


• For more detailed information about British Columbia, visit Hello BC.

BC Regions Map