Behind the coastal ranges
protected from the wet Pacific air, lie golden valleys of grass – British Columbia's driest places. Although small and scattered, these landscapes host a surprisingly rich assortment of plants and animals that can thrive in warm, dry conditions. But human impact can be severe. Fragile grasslands are easily damaged and many have been converted to towns, orchards and vineyards.
British Columbia grasslands, with their warm climate, rich soils, abundant life and spacious, dramatic settings have long attracted human habitation.