Animals of British Columbia

Big country, big game. British Columbia does not hold back when it comes to biodiversity. Pacific Northwest living is especially well-suited to large animals that used to dominate the landscape of the North American wild.

Mountainous regions butted right up against the ocean make for unique interactions between creatures that generally don't meet. Migratory flocks of birds along the coast and inland exist in great numbers. Seasonal changes affect more than the winged creatures, though. Big-game animals in BC frequently only take advantage of short distance elevation changes in their movements to find habitable zones. Key to both of these shifts in yearly behavior are food resources, including smaller living creatures. The predatory food chain in British Columbia is also steep.

Waters along the coast and in between the islands are also rich in life. Schools of fish, marine mammals that chase them, and living underwater structures make British Columbia's coastal region someone the most alive in North America!