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In 1871, British Columbia became the sixth province of Canada.
British Columbia's land area is 944,735 square kilometres (364,800 sq mi).
Queen Victoria chose British Columbia to distinguish what was the British sector of the Columbia District from the United States ("American Columbia" or "Southern Columbia"), which became the Oregon Territory on August 8, 1848, as a result of the treaty.
British Columbia is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and the American state of Alaska, to the north by Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, to the east by the province of Alberta, and to the south by the American states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana.
) is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.
With an estimated population of 4.8 million as of 2017, it is Canada's third-most populous province.