Ocean

Journey to the water's edge

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Surfers at Cox Bay on Vancouver Island

Over 25 thousand kilometres of Pacific coastline, from sandy beaches to dramatic cliffs, shapes British Columbia’s geography and way of life.  A rich ecosystem of fish and plant life, the Pacific Ocean is a source of sustenance and spirit for British Columbia. Explore BC’s Pacific Ocean and coast in the stories below.

Indigenous Culture

Unique Indigenous experiences in BC

Want to experience Indigenous culture in BC? Check out these local tour operators, including Takaya Tours and West Coast Expeditions.

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Beaches & Lakes

Local Secrets: Where to Find BC’s Best Beaches

With miles of coastline, British Columbia has plenty of spectacular beaches. Here are five that may surprise you, including Savary Island and...

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Coastal Circle Route

3 to 7 days / 563.84 km (350 mi)

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Adventure & Outdoors, Arts & Heritage, Indigenous Culture, Nature & Wildlife

FALL INTO BC HAIDA GWAII

See the Galapagos of the North on this 8-day tour and learn about the home, history, and culture of the Haida Nation.

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Whale Watching, Wildlife Tours

Top 5 Places to Spot Whales in BC

Want to spend some quality time with some of BC's biggest residents? Check out our list of the top 5 places to spot whales, including Victoria and...

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5 Reasons to Visit the Southern Gulf Islands This Fall

Head to the Gulf Islands to enjoy a more relaxed way of life. Don't miss the local markets and artists' studios.

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Whale Watching

Plan Your Trip to Northern Vancouver Island

North of the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island changes. The highway narrows to two lanes, the trees grow taller, and the rivers are more...

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Nature & Wildlife, Storm Watching, Cabins & Cottages

Read This: 5 Cozy BC Retreats With Books To Match

Here are the best books to read while warming up on a winter holiday in BC.

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Indigenous Culture

Unique Indigenous experiences in BC

Want to experience Indigenous culture in BC? Check out these local tour operators, including Takaya Tours and West Coast Expeditions.

Read the Article

Beaches & Lakes

Local Secrets: Where to Find BC’s Best Beaches

With miles of coastline, British Columbia has plenty of spectacular beaches. Here are five that may surprise you, including Savary Island and...

Read the Article

Coastal Circle Route

3 to 7 days / 563.84 km (350 mi)

Explore Road Trip

Adventure & Outdoors, Arts & Heritage, Indigenous Culture, Nature & Wildlife

FALL INTO BC HAIDA GWAII

See the Galapagos of the North on this 8-day tour and learn about the home, history, and culture of the Haida Nation.

Explore Road Trip

Whale Watching, Wildlife Tours

Top 5 Places to Spot Whales in BC

Want to spend some quality time with some of BC's biggest residents? Check out our list of the top 5 places to spot whales, including Victoria and...

Read the Article

5 Reasons to Visit the Southern Gulf Islands This Fall

Head to the Gulf Islands to enjoy a more relaxed way of life. Don't miss the local markets and artists' studios.

Read the Article

Whale Watching

Plan Your Trip to Northern Vancouver Island

North of the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island changes. The highway narrows to two lanes, the trees grow taller, and the rivers are more...

Read the Article

Nature & Wildlife, Storm Watching, Cabins & Cottages

Read This: 5 Cozy BC Retreats With Books To Match

Here are the best books to read while warming up on a winter holiday in BC.

Read the Article

Tofino | Johan Lolos

Respect the Ocean: Be CoastSmart

The Pacific Rim coastline of BC is breathtaking, but don’t let it take your breath away permanently. Understand the hazards of our wildly beautiful beaches and trails with these safety tips.

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