Metric System in British Columbia

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The Metric System in British Columbia

The Metric System

All of Canada uses the Metric System. This includes all weights, measurements, distance, speed limits, and temperatures. For travellers and visitors from out-of-country, we hope the following information simplifies the system and helps you when visiting British Columbia.

Speed limits

The speed limit on most urban streets is 50km/h which means 30mp/h.
If the sign reads 80 or 90 km/h this means you can travel at 50 and 55 mp/h respectively.

When it reads 100 or 110 km/h it tells you that you can travel at 65 and 70 mp/h respectively.

Kilometres and/or mileage

10 km is 6.2 miles.
24 km is 14.88 miles.
50 km is 32 miles.
105 km is 65 miles.
The way to figure this out is: miles x 1.61 = km


Gasoline is sold by the litre.
One Canadian or Imperial gallon = 4.5 litres.
One U.S. gallon = 3.78 litres.
25 litres is 5.5 Imperial gallons.
The easiest way to figure this out is: litres x .22 = Imperial gallons

Imperial to Metric

1 inch [in] 2.54 cm
1 foot [ft] 12 in 0.3048 m
1 yard [yd] 3 ft 0.9144 m
1 mile 1760 yd 1.6093 km
1 int nautical mile 2025.4 yd 1.852 km


When it's zero on the Celsius scale then it's 32 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. If it's 100 degrees on the Celsius scale, the Fahrenheit scale reads 212.
A 10 degree Celsius day is a chilly 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the temperature reaches 15C it is almost 60 F.
20C is a comfortable 68F.
25C is a balmy 77F.
30C is 86F and a good time for a swim.
35C is 95F, and you'll wish it wasn't.
To figure out the Celsius temperatures, use the following equation:
Celsius x 1.8 plus 32 = Fahrenheit.


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Metric System in British Columbia