A Comparative Geographical Analysis of Two Municipalities
It is important to survey the geographical aspects of a region while choosing on where to
raise a family. In ten years to come, some regions will be very different from what they are
today. Comparing different geographical aspects to determine what changes may occur in the
future can help choose a good place to settle for the future. This project will compare two British
Colombia Municipalities (Bowen Island and Grande Prairie) by looking at their population
characteristics and Main Economic Sectors to determine which among the two is a better place to
raise a family within the next ten years.
Bowen Island Municipality
Bowen Island Municipality is located within Howe Sound, just a few kilometers from the
Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, West Vancouver. The municipality has a 52sq km area and a quiet
and rural atmosphere. Its terrain is forested and hilly. The island has two climate zones including
the Coastal Western Hemlock Zone & the Coastal Douglas Fir Zone.
The number of permanent residents was 3,362 by 2006. Bowen has experienced a high
population growth compared to the growth in population in the entire Metro district. (22.7: 15.6)
percent, between 1996 and 2006. Again, the population is quite different from that of the rest of
British Colombia in the sense that it has more people aged between 45 and 65, as well as under
the age of fifteen. Fewer people of the age between 25 and 35, as well as above 75 live here as
compared to the rest of the province. As a result, Bowen as a growing reputation center for both
retirees and families raising young children, attracted by numerous singular benefits. Bowen’s
median age is 46.6 unlike the rest of the regio...