Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island
(Tourism Vancouver Island/Boomer Jerritt photo)

Vancouver Island

Beaches & Swimming

Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)

Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)

Vancouver Island beaches are among the best in Canada: Tofino (#1) and Parksville (#3) were rated "Best Beaches in Canada" in TripAdvisor's 2011 Readers Choice Awards.

If you love sun, sand and surf, the Vancouver Island region will leave you satisfied. Clean and scenic beaches are scattered all along the coastal shoreline. There are inland lakes, streams and swimming holes aplenty, too. Some beaches offer a variety of facilities, while others have nothing more (or less) than pristine water in idyllic natural surroundings.

For a family outing near lots of conveniences, visit beaches in Parksville or Qualicum Beach. For quiet, natural surroundings with few conveniences, try Long Beach, Chesterman Beach or MacKenzie Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve by Tofino. For something in between, visit Rathtrevor Beach in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

The best time for sunning and swimming in the region is from June through September.

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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
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