Area Codes for Vancouver, British Columbia

There are two area codes actively in use in the Vancouver metropolitan area, including: 604, 778. These area codes cover Vancouver proper as well as surrounding locations such as Burnaby, Surrey, Richmond, and Coquitlam. The 778 area code is actually used across the entire province of British Columbia - and the area code 250 is used in other parts of British Columbia, excluding the footprint of 604.

In Vancouver, area codes are always included in written telephone numbers and area codes must be dialed for all calls, even for local calling. All Canada phone numbers are 10-digits total, including a 3-digit area code and a 7-digit local subscriber number.

Vancouver area code information:

Vancouver area codes:
604, 778

Area codes are used to route phone calls to a specific geographic area within a country. All area codes in Canada are exactly 3-digits long.

In the past, a given region often had just one area code. Nowadays, many cities and towns in denser urban areas have 2 or more area codes.

To make an inbound international call (or domestic long distance call) to a Vancouver landline or mobile phone, you need to dial the appropriate 3-digit area code, followed by a 7-digit local subscriber number.

If you don't have a fully specified 10-digit phone number, including area code, you will not be able to complete an inbound call.

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Area Codes Used In & Near Vancouver, British Columbia

There are two area codes used in Vancouver and surrounding areas, including the relatively recent 778 overlay area code.

The area code 250 as well as 778 are used across the rest of the state of British Columbia.

Here are the area codes in use for greater Vancouver metro area.

Vancouver Area Codes

Area Codes Main Locations
 604  Covers the entire city of Vancouver as well as much of southwestern British Columbia. Other locations include Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Abbotsford, Delta, Coquitlam, and Whistler
 250  Covers most of British Columbia province, except southwestern corner where 604 is active. Towns include Prince George, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Cranbrook, and Kamloops. Also covers Victoria and all of Vancouver Island.
 778  New overlay area code that covers all of British Columbia province*, including Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Abbotsford, Delta, Coquitlam, and Whistler.

* The 778 area code originally started as an overlay area code for the city of Vancouver only. This was changed in 2007 due to shortage of phone numbers in the 250 area code that covers the rest of the province. Now 778 covers the entire province, including Vancouver.

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Area Codes for Towns in Vancouver Area

Here are the area codes for the 20 or so largest cities and towns in and around Vancouver, British Columbia (in alpha order).

Town Area Code(s)
Abbotsford area code  604 / 778 
Aldergrove area code  604 / 778 
Burnaby area code  604 / 778 
Chilliwack area code  604 / 778 
Coquitlam area code  604 / 778 
Delta area code  604 / 778 
Gibsons area code  604 / 778 
Langley area code  604 / 778 
Maple Ridge area code  604 / 778 
Nanaimo area code  250 / 778 
New Westminster area code  604 / 778 
North Vancouver area code  604 / 778 
Pitt Meadows area code  604 / 778 
Port Coquitlam area code  604 / 778 
Port Moody area code  604 / 778 
Richmond area code  604 / 778 
Sidney area code  250 / 778 
Surrey area code  604 / 778 
Vancouver area code  604 / 778 
Victoria area code  250 / 778 
West Vancouver area code  604 / 778 
Whistler area code  604 / 778 
White Rock area code  604 / 778 

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Vancouver, British Columbia Area Code Maps

The following map shows area codes for Vancouver and the province of British Columbia.

Vancouver, British Columbia Area Code Map

Vancouver area code map

Source: Canadian Numbering Administrator Area Code Maps

Maps may not be completely up to date. Check other map links below if this appears out of date.

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City Codes vs. Area Codes

In some cases, area codes may be referred to as city codes. However, a 'city code' more correctly refers to the codes used to designate airports and other geographic locations. These codes are issued under the United Nation's UN/LOCODE system and/or the IATA airport coding system. The city code for Vancouver is VAN.

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* CNA is the Canadian Numbering Administrator. NANPA is the North American Numbering Plan Administrator. These are the official groups responsible for phone numbers in the US and Canada.

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