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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.

Accommodation

Stay Cosy in These Oceanfront Getaways

Looking to unplug for a weekend? Here are five oceanfront getaways on Vancouver Island, including Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Beach Acres...

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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

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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Boating, Ferries

Cruising the Inside Passage

Cruising the spectacularly scenic Inside Passage is one of the best ways to explore BC's coastline. Get inspiration from our blogger's recent trip...

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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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Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

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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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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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Accommodation

Stay Cosy in These Oceanfront Getaways

Looking to unplug for a weekend? Here are five oceanfront getaways on Vancouver Island, including Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Beach Acres...

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

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

Boating, Ferries

Cruising the Inside Passage

Cruising the spectacularly scenic Inside Passage is one of the best ways to explore BC's coastline. Get inspiration from our blogger's recent trip...

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

Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

Explore Road Trip

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

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.

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.

Become CoastSmart