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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.

Boating, Sightseeing, Indigenous Culture, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Airlines

Desolation Sound

An all-inclusive and fully-guided cruise tour providing access to the cultures and landscapes of the West Coast.

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Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

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Parks & Wilderness Areas

Top Ways to Experience BC’s Wild Landscapes

Explore BC from arid desert and lichen-draped rainforest to glaciated peaks and wide-open grassland.

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Paddling

Camp-to-Camp Paddling Destinations on BC's Coast

What's better than paddling silently along BC's coast? Camping while you do it. Learns more about BC's top paddling destinations.

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Whale Watching

How to Go Whale Watching from Vancouver

Visiting Vancouver and want to see whales? You have options! Read about the companies and locations near Vancouver that offer whale watching...

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Surfing

Shaped by Water: Surfing in Haida Gwaii

Haida surfer and carver Gwaliga Hart shares his connection to the tides and lands of Haida Gwaii.

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Adventure & Outdoors, Food, Drink & Wellness, Beaches & Lakes, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Tours

Busy L.A. Chef Discovers the British Columbia Effect

We invited Top Chef Brooke Williamson to escape her busy life to discover what we call the British Columbia Effect.

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Paddling, Camping, Whale Watching

Kayaking the Broken Group Islands

In Pacific Rim National Park, there is a kayaker’s paradise called the Broken Group Islands. It consists of over 100 scattered islands off the...

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Boating, Sightseeing, Indigenous Culture, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Airlines

Desolation Sound

An all-inclusive and fully-guided cruise tour providing access to the cultures and landscapes of the West Coast.

Learn More

Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

Explore Road Trip

Parks & Wilderness Areas

Top Ways to Experience BC’s Wild Landscapes

Explore BC from arid desert and lichen-draped rainforest to glaciated peaks and wide-open grassland.

Read the Article

Paddling

Camp-to-Camp Paddling Destinations on BC's Coast

What's better than paddling silently along BC's coast? Camping while you do it. Learns more about BC's top paddling destinations.

Read the Article

Whale Watching

How to Go Whale Watching from Vancouver

Visiting Vancouver and want to see whales? You have options! Read about the companies and locations near Vancouver that offer whale watching...

Read the Article

Surfing

Shaped by Water: Surfing in Haida Gwaii

Haida surfer and carver Gwaliga Hart shares his connection to the tides and lands of Haida Gwaii.

Read the Article

Adventure & Outdoors, Food, Drink & Wellness, Beaches & Lakes, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Tours

Busy L.A. Chef Discovers the British Columbia Effect

We invited Top Chef Brooke Williamson to escape her busy life to discover what we call the British Columbia Effect.

Read the Article

Paddling, Camping, Whale Watching

Kayaking the Broken Group Islands

In Pacific Rim National Park, there is a kayaker’s paradise called the Broken Group Islands. It consists of over 100 scattered islands off the...

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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