Geography of British Columbia, Fourth Edition
256 pages, 8 x 10
47 illus., 29 tables, 32 maps, 14 b&w photos
Release Date:15 Apr 2020
Release Date:15 Apr 2020

Geography of British Columbia, Fourth Edition

People and Landscapes in Transition

UBC Press

From the beginning of time, physical and human processes have altered British Columbia’s landscape. Geographers seek to understand these processes, and this text provides students with the basic tools and techniques of their craft.

Completely revised and expanded for the 2020s, the four edition of Geography of British Columbia

  • contains extensive urban content to reflect BC's transition from a resource-dependent economy to a more service-oriented one
  • presents ideas and concepts in a clear and concise way
  • includes a comprehensive glossary of key terms
  • has more than 125 informative maps, diagrams, graphs, tables, and photos
  • includes suggested readings and discussion questions for each chapter.

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 is more important than ever to understand the complex interaction between human influence on the landscape and the earth’s ever-changing physical processes.This book 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.

Geography of British Columbia remains an excellent overview of BC geography. Ken Favrholdt, The Ormsby Review
Engagingly written, this text captures all the richness, diversity, and controversy that have come to define this province. Essential reading for the student keen to explore the relationships between the people, places, and physical processes that shape British Columbia. Mike Smith-Cairns, Department of Geography & Geology, Langara College
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 is based in Roberts Creek, BC, and continues to research issues related to British Columbia and Canada, present lectures, and facilitate community-to-community meetings.



Part 1: Geographical Foundations

1 British Columbia, a Region of Regions

2 Physical Processes and Human Implications

3 Geophysical Hazards and Their Risks

4 Resource Development and Management

Part 2: The Economic Geography of British Columbia

5 “Discovering” Indigenous Lands and Shaping a Colonial Landscape

6 Boom and Bust from Confederation to the Early 1900s

7 Resource Dependency and Racism in an Era of Global Chaos

8 Changing Values during the Postwar Boom

9 Resource Uncertainty in the Late Twentieth Century

10 The Twenty-First-Century Liberal Landscape


Glossary; Further Readings; Index

Exercises and discussion questions
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