Welcome to the Encyclopedia of British Columbia

EBC is the definitive reference work on BC. With more than 4,000 entries and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips, EBC is the source of readable and authoritative information on all the significant BC people, places and things.

Originally a bestselling 824-page book, the Encyclopedia of BC is now available exclusively online, allowing for easy access to continually updated information and an expanding database of articles.

With thousands of linked cross-references, a complete index, and sophisticated data searching capabilities, the EBC is indispensable at home, at school, in the office—everywhere comprehensive, authoritative, concise information about BC is needed.


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For Teachers

Since its online debut in 2001, the EBC has proved a valuable resource for students and teachers in BC. We are pleased to present this teachers’ resource as a guide for educators and to highlight...

Did You Know?

Did you know that Simon Gunanoot, a Gitksan trapper accused of murder, remained on the run from the law for thirteen years (1906-1919) before he finally gave himself up, stood trial and was...
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KnowBC Quiz

Test yourself on your knowledge of BC people, places and things—and learn a fascinating fact or two! All the answers are taken from articles in the Encyclopedia of British Columbia.

Sample Articles from the EBC

Environmental Movement

ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT in BC emerged in its modern form in the 1950s with protests over HYDROELECTRICITY development. The writer Roderick HAIG-BROWN and other conservationists objected to dam...