British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost of Canada's provinces and is known for its natural beauty.  The Coast Mountains and the Inside Passage's many inlets provide some of British Columbia's renowned and spectacular scenery, which forms the backdrop and context for a growing outdoor adventure and ecotourism industry. Seventy-five percent of the province is mountainous (more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level); 60% is forested; and only about 5% is arable.  The Okanagan area is one of three wine-growing regions in Canada and also produces excellent ciders.  Given its varied mountainous terrain and its coasts, lakes, rivers, and forests, British Columbia has long been enjoyed for pursuits like hiking and camping, rock climbing and mountaineering, hunting and fishing and winter sprorts such as skiing, snowboarding, helihiking and telemarking.