There were three options for where British Columbia would hold there colony. They could continue as a British colony and stay that way, be annexed by the United States, or join confederation with the newly formed Dominican of Canada. Financially, joining the States made the most sense. Protection wise, many Admirals did not think BC deserved Royal Navy Protection, so staying British would be risky. Ultimately, they decided to join Canada. And being a coastal province, they would gold much power.