Area Code 250 History:
Area code 250 was put into service. Area code 250 was created from a split of area code 604. In 2008 area code 250 was overlaid with area code 778.
Area code 236 was put into service as an overlay of area codes 250, 604, and 778 on 06/01/2013 and mandatory 10 digit dialing is required.
Ten digit dialing (area code + seven digit number) is necessary in the 250/778/236 overlay because two different homes in the same geographic area can have the same seven digit phone number but each would have a different area code.
Major cities or places in British Columbia within area code 250 include:
Area codes 250 and 778 and 236 serve the larger communities of Campbell River, Cowichan Valley, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Terrace, Victoria, Vernon, and Williams Lake, along with many smaller communities in British Columbia.