About landslides

"Landslide" is a general term used to describe the down-slope movement of soil, rock and organic materials under the influence of gravity. It also describes the landform that results from such a movement.

British Columbia's steep, mountainous terrain, its complex geology, its high precipitation--both as rain and snow--its abundance of unconsolidated glacial sediments, and its geographic position astride the earthquake zone that surrounds the Pacific Ocean, all combine to make our province particularly susceptible to landslide activity. In fact, in British Columbia the loss of life and damage to property caused by landslides is greater than losses caused by other natural hazards such as earthquakes and flooding. As our cities, towns, roads and highways steadily encroach onto steeper slopes and mountainsides, landslide hazards become an increasingly serious threat to life and property.


The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources provides information about landslides on their website. In addition to general information, they provide answers to the following questions:

Learn more about landslides and how to be prepared for them on the PreparedBC website.

The RDCK website will provide information bulletins about landslides (if applicable) on our home page:

The content on this page was last updated March 29 2018 at 3:24 PM