Geography of British Columbia
320 pages, 8 x 10
47 illus., 38 tables, 30 maps, 12 b&w photos
Release Date:01 Apr 2020

Geography of British Columbia

People and Landscapes in Transition, 4th Edition

UBC Press

From the beginning of time, physical and human processes have altered BC’s landscape. Geographers seek to understand these processes, and this text provides students with the basic tools and techniques of their craft. In it, they will learn how to

  • identify the province’s unique geographical features, from mountains and lakes to fjords, forests, and minerals
  • analyze maps and statistical data to understand the forces that shaped a location
  • think in terms of risk assessment and corrective and preventative measures when it comes to extreme events such as floods, wildfires, avalanches, and earthquakes.

Written with a minimum of jargon and with key terms explained in a glossary, this edition is divided into two parts. Part 1 offers a foundational understanding of four key topics:

  • the origins of the province’s spectacular regional diversity
  • the impact of weather, climate, and physical features
  • geophysical hazards and their threat to life and property
  • the geography of resource harvesting and management.

Part 2 unfolds chronologically, revealing not only the role that natural resources have played in settlement and development, but also the forces that are now at work transforming the province into an increasingly urban place centred on a service-oriented economy.

In an era of climate change, it’s more important than ever to understand the complex interaction between human influence on the landscape and the earth’s ever-changing physical processes. Geography of British Columbia provides students with the tools, techniques, and knowledge they’ll need.

Geography of British Columbia is an essential textbook for courses in British Columbia geography at the undergraduate and college level.

Brett McGillivray is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Geography at Capilano University, having taught the geography of British Columbia there for over thirty-six years. He continues to research issues related to British Columbia and Canada, present lectures, and facilitate community-to-community meetings. He is the author of Canada: A Nation of Regions, as well as numerous articles on Canadian geography. He has facilitated field schools to Europe and Asia and given lectures across Canada and other parts of the world. He has an interest in local politics, having served for fourteen years as an elected member (Regional Director) for Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast Regional District, where he has resided since 1977.
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