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Jericho Beach, Vancouver (Tourism Vancouver/John Sinal photo)

Jericho Beach, Vancouver (Tourism Vancouver/John Sinal photo)

TripAdvisor named Tofino (#1), Okanagan (#2) and Parksville (#3) "Best Beaches in Canada" in the 2011 Readers Choice Awards.

British Columbia has every type of beach imaginable: remote, urban, sand and pebble. There are some spectacular ocean beaches along the BC mainland coast as well as Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands.

Inland, many of the regions boast warm lake waters or scenically rugged settings, making them popular for water recreation that includes: surfing, swimming, canoeing, fishing, boating, windsurfing, waterskiing and kayaking. The best months for beaches and swimming are July and August.

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Almer Carlson Outdoor Pool - North Bend

48846 Highline Road
North Bend, British Columbia
V0K 1C0

Almer Carlson Outdoor Pool is one of the best kept secrets on Highway 1. This newly renovated (2014) outdoor pool is located in rural Boston Bar and is the perfect rest stop to those families travelling Highway 1. Our friendly staff will ensure you have an enjoyable experience while you cool off in our family friendly pool.


Bridal Falls Waterpark - Rosedale

53790 Popkum Rd S
Rosedale, British Columbia
V0X 1X1

Bridal Falls Water Park (formerly the Trans-Canada Waterslides) is located in beautiful Bridal Falls & right beside Bridal Falls Camperland RV Resort. We offer water fun for all ages (rain or shine) & the Fraser Valley's most accessible waterslides! Take a chance on the Black Hole or test your skill on the Rapids River Ride. Our water park has no stairs to worry about as the park is situated on a natural hill. Don't forget to come & check out our brand new sign (you won't be disappointed).


Dan Sharrers Aquatic Centre - Hope

1005-6 Avenue
Hope, British Columbia
V0X 1L4

A bright oasis in our community. The pool offers quality leisure services, programs and activities for people of all ages from the community and visitors to our area.

If you're looking for fun, our friendly staff will ensure you have an enjoyable experience while you cool off in our family friendly pool. All you need is here!

We also have some amazing facility spaces available for rent for your next big event including the conference centre, mezzanine and the FlightCentre at the Regional Airpark.


Watermania - Richmond

14300 Entertainment Blvd
Richmond, British Columbia
V6W 1K3

A complete aquatic and fitness experience under one roof, including: 57 metre competition pool, 1 and 3 metre spring boards, 5 metre dive tower, large wave pool with fun interactive water play structure, waterslides, steam room, sauna and whirlpools. Swim & Fitness Shop and Surfside Galley concession on-site. A 288 sq m (3,000 sq ft) fitness centre with cardiovascular, strength/toning machines and free weights. Multipurpose rooms available for fitness classes, parties, meetings or rentals. Family change rooms available. Water wheelchairs available, plus pool lifts and portable stairs. Visit Watermania - voted "Richmond's Best Family Entertainment Centre" (Richmond News, 2011)!

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Fairwinds Golf Course - Nanoose Bay

3730 Fairwinds Dr
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
V9P 9J6

Fairwinds Golf Club was voted "Best Golf Course on Vancouver Island" by the BCLiving.ca readers of the 2013 BC's Best - People Choice Awards, published by Canada Wide Media. Located within a premier oceanfront golf community on central Vancouver Island, Fairwinds Golf Club's friendly staff will ensure a welcoming and enjoyable golf experience. Navigate your way around bunkers, trees and ponds on the course, while encountering deer, bald eagles and other wildlife. After your round, relax with a beverage and a casual bite on the patio at Benz Lounge, Patio & Bistro overlooking the ninth green. Enjoy easy access to the Georgia Strait at our 360 berth Schooner Cove Marina. Transient boaters receive complimentary golf club rentals and shuttle to the Golf Club with overnight moorage.

Holes Yardage Par Slope/Rating Golf Digest Rating
18 6204 71 130/69 3
Course Designer: Les Furber

Halcyon Hot Springs - Pools - Nakusp

5655 Hwy 23
Nakusp, British Columbia
V0G 1R0

For more than a century, people have been drawn to the natural healing waters of Halcyon Hot Springs. Located on the shores of the Arrow Lake between Revelstoke & Nakusp, Halcyon Hot Springs Village & Spa is a wonderful escape from the hustle & bustle of city life.

The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing & beneficial for a variety of ailments. The cascading pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Swirl away tensions in our natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake & the Monashee Mountain range.

Enjoy the amenities of Halcyon Village & Spa, pools, great food at the restaurant, comfortable accommodation, RV parking & lake shore.


Radium Hot Springs - Radium Hot Springs

5420 Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1M0

Come relax in soothing, mineral-rich waters while you marvel at the dramatic rock walls of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy the large hot pool or cooler swimming pool that is great for families.

Your admission fee includes entry to Kootenay National Park for visit to the hot springs. Our on-site spa offers services such as wellness therapy, retreats, yoga and more.


Zipity Doo Dah Adventures at The Wilderness Way Resort - Ashcroft

3109 Kirkland Ranch Rd
Ashcroft, British Columbia
V0K 1A0

With so much adventure, you'll want to stay! BC's newest adventure park offers extreme zip lining, with lines over 1400 ft., clocking speeds at over 42 km/hour. Race side by side on the last line, then take a leap of faith on the Quick Jump, a sensation of free falling while safely lowering you to the ground.

There is fun for the whole family. Send the kids to the inflatable park while you enjoy vistas, wildlife and birdwatching from our hiking trails.

Wrap up the evening with a sunset wildlife safari in our troop carrier. We'll send you off with an experienced guide and a bottle of wine and snacks.

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