Area code 250


Area code 250

Area code 250 is an area code for most of the Canadian province of British Columbia, including Vancouver Island. It was created on October 19, 1996 as a split of area code 604. [http://www.nanpa.com/pdf/old_pl/IL%2095-08-007.pdf]

The area code also serves the American city of Hyder, Alaska.

The incumbent local exchange carriers are Telus, Northwestel and the City of Prince Rupert.

Communities included

*Campbell River (250)-201 202 203 204 205 286 287 504 830 850 895 923

*Castlegar (250)-304 365 608 687

*Cranbrook (250)-417 420 421 426 464 489 581 919

*Creston (250)-254 402 428 431 435 977

*Comox (250)-339 890 941

*Courtenay (250)-207 218 331 334 338 465 650 702 703 792 871 897 898

*The Cowichan Valley comprises the following local rate centres:
**Chemainus (250)-210 246 324 416 436 533 606
**Cobble Hill (250)-733 743 929
**Duncan (250)-252 466 510 597 701 709 710 715 732 737 746 748 815 856
**Ladysmith (250)-245 924
**Lake Cowichan (250)-749 932
**Youbou (250)-745

*Dawson Creek (250)-219 467 719 782 784 795 806 854

*Fernie (250)-278 430 946

*Fort St. John (250)-224 261 262 263 264 271 329 663 785 787 793 794

*Grand Forks (250)-442 443

*Houston (250)-845

*Hudson's Hope (250)-783 903

*Invermere (250)-270 341 342 409 688

*Kamloops (250)-214 299 312 314 318 319 320 371 372 374 376 377 434 461 554 571 572 573 574 576 577 578 579 682 705 819 828 851 852 879
**Surrounding communities:
**Barriere (250)-672
**Cache Creek (250)-313 457
**Savona (250)-373

*Kaslo (250)-353 943

*Kelowna (250)-212 215 258 300 317 322 448 450 451 454 469 470 491 575 681 712 717 718 762 763 764 765 769 801 807 808 826 859 860 861 862 863 864 868 869 870 872 878 899 979 980

*Kimberley (250)-427 432 520 602 908

*Kitimat (250)-632 639

*Rural Kootenays (250)-357 399 424 429 445 447 529 603 829

*Midway (250)-449 528 605

*Nakusp (250)-265

*Nanaimo is divided into the following local rate centres:
**Cedar (250)-323 722
**Lantzville (250)-390 933
**Nanaimo (250)-244 268 327 518 591 616 618 619 667 668 713 714 716 734 739 740 741 753 754 755 796 797 802 816 824
**Wellington (250)-585 729 751 756 758 760

*Nelson (250)-352 354 551 825

*Parksville (250)-228 240 248 586 607 905 927 937 947 951 954

*Penticton (250)-274 276 328 460 462 482 486 487 488 490 492 493 770 809 817

*Port Alberni (250)-206 720 723 724 730 731 735 736 913 918

*Prince George (250)-277 301 552 561 562 563 564 565 596 612 613 614 617 640 645 649 906 960 961 962 963 964 970 981

*Quesnel (250)-255 316 925 983 985 991 992

*Saanich (250)-544 652 654 655 656 657 665 669

*Slocan Valley (250)-355 358 359

*Smithers (250)-847 877 917

*Sooke (250)-642 664 867
**Jordan River (250)-646
**Port Renfrew (250)-647

*Stewart (250)-636

*Terrace (250)-615 631 635 638 641 892 922 975

*Trail (250)-231 364 368 693 921
**Rossland (250)-362
**Fruitvale (250)-367

*Union Bay, including Fanny Bay, Denman Island, and Hornby Island (250)-335

*Vernon (250)-241 260 275 306 307 308 309 351 503 540 541 542 543 545 549 550 558 907 938

*Victoria (250)-208 213 216 217 220 294 298 356 360 361 363 370 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 391 405 410 412 413 414 415 418 419 472 474 475 477 478 479 480 483 507 508 514 516 519 532 536 580 588 589 590 592 595 598 658 661 686 704 708 721 727 744 812 813 818 823 853 857 858 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 888 889 891 893 896 915 920 940 952 953 978 984 995

*Williams Lake (250)-267 302 303 305 392 398 855

Relief planning

The projected exhaust date of area code 250 is January 2008. The plan recommended by the Canadian Numbering Administrator, to change the boundaries of area code 778 to include the entire province, was approved by the CRTC on June 7 2007. Mandatory 10-digit dialing began September 12 2008. [http://www.cnac.ca/npa_codes/relief/250/documents/NPA250_PD_26_Oct_2006_rev_1.pdf]

As this solution is an overlay, the current telephone numbers in area code 250 will remain unchanged and new telephone numbers in the region can be assigned area code 778. Three CO prefixes will be reserved for 40 years for use by Northwestel on its 15 exchanges, 13 of which cannot handle multiple area codes.

Area code 236 has been reserved for British Columbia once area code 778 is exhausted. See CRTC [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2007/dt2007-38.htm Telecom Decision 2007-38] for more information.

ee also

*List of NANP area codes

References

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External links

* [http://www.cnac.ca/data/ac250.htm CNA exchange list for area +1-250]
* [http://www.cnac.ca/data/ac778.htm CNA exchange list for area +1-778]
* [http://www.cnac.ca/npa_codes/relief/250/relief_250.htm CNA NPA 250 Relief Planning]
* [http://mirror.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives/archives/history/56th-anniversary-areacodes Telecom archives]
* [http://www.cnac.ca/npa_codes/npa_map.htm Area Code Map of Canada]

Area Code Box 4 | State = BC
This = 250 (overlaid by 778)
N = 867
W = Pacific Ocean, 907
E = 780, 403, 587
S = 604/778, 360, 509, 208, 406
S1=YT|S2=ID|S3=WA|S4=AK


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