Communities in the province of British Columbia, Canada can include incorporated municipalities, Indian reserves, unincorporated communities or localities. Unincorporated communities can be further classified as recreational or urban.[1]

Indian reserves[edit]

Indian Reserves are administered under a separate legal designation from other communities. Under the division of powers in Canadian law - First Nations (formally and still legally defined as Indians) fall under federal jurisdiction, while non-Aboriginal communities are part of a separate system that is largely the responsibility of the Provinces.

Unincorporated communities[edit]


A community in British Columbia is an "unincorporated populated place".[5] British Columbia has 889 communities,[1] some of which are located within municipalities or Indian reserves.

Recreational communities[edit]

A recreational community in British Columbia is an "unincorporated place with seasonal or year-round services, accommodation and amenities associated primarily with recreational or leisure activities".[5] British Columbia has 11 communities that are classified as recreational communities.[1]

Urban communities[edit]

An urban community in British Columbia is a "separately named area within the limits of an incorporated municipality".[5] British Columbia has 10 communities that are classified as urban communities.[1]


A locality in British Columbia is a "named place or area, with or without a scattered population".[5] British Columbia has 556 localities, not including those that have been abandoned or are classified as former localities.[1]

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