British Columbia is one of the largest, most geographically diverse places in the world. Covering close to 945,000 square kilometres, the province is nearly four times
the size of Great Britain, two-and-a-half times larger than Japan and larger than every U.S. state except Alaska.
British Columbians are linked to one another and to the world by an integrated transportation network that moves people and goods by road, rail, air and sea. Transportation is key to B.C.’s success; it contributed $10.8 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 and directly employed more than 121,000. Some highlights of the transportation network:
- Over 46,000 km of provincial highways and rural side roads
- Over 2,800 bridges
- Over 2,900 transit buses
- 133 km of SkyTrain and commuter rail
- 3 Class 1 railways
- 300+ airports, heliports and water aerodromes
- 16 international border crossings
- 3 international ports, 4 regional ports and 40 local ports
- 40+ ferry routes
See the regional map for more specific information about regional infrastructure and the regional transportation network.