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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.

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Coastal Circle Route

3 to 7 days / 563.84 km (350 mi)

Uncover the places where many of British Columbia's artists and artisans live, work and showcase their art.

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Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

This spectacular drive winds from Vancouver to Pemberton, just north of Whistler

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Whale Watching

Plan Your Trip to Northern Vancouver Island

Northern Vancouver Island is a West Coast escape filled with big nature, incredible wildlife viewing, and rich Indigenous culture. Plan your...

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Whale Watching, Beaches & Lakes, Surfing, Paddling, Spring, Summer, Fall, Ferries

Experience the Soothing Effect of BC's Coast

Let BC’s diverse coastal landscapes buff away at life’s tensions and put your body, mind, and spirit at ease.

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Beaches & Lakes, Summer

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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Whale Watching, Wildlife Tours, 4-6 Days, Fall

British Columbia's Wilderness Detox

An Australian writer and editor discovers BC's natural restorative powers.

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Discover the East Coast of Vancouver Island

5 to 7 Days / 500 km (311 mi)

Relax and rejuvenate along this coastal road trip
from Victoria to Port Hardy.

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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...

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Coastal Circle Route

3 to 7 days / 563.84 km (350 mi)

Uncover the places where many of British Columbia's artists and artisans live, work and showcase their art.

Explore Road Trip

Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

This spectacular drive winds from Vancouver to Pemberton, just north of Whistler

Explore Road Trip

Whale Watching

Plan Your Trip to Northern Vancouver Island

Northern Vancouver Island is a West Coast escape filled with big nature, incredible wildlife viewing, and rich Indigenous culture. Plan your...

Read the Article

Whale Watching, Beaches & Lakes, Surfing, Paddling, Spring, Summer, Fall, Ferries

Experience the Soothing Effect of BC's Coast

Let BC’s diverse coastal landscapes buff away at life’s tensions and put your body, mind, and spirit at ease.

Read the Article

Beaches & Lakes, Summer

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

Whale Watching, Wildlife Tours, 4-6 Days, Fall

British Columbia's Wilderness Detox

An Australian writer and editor discovers BC's natural restorative powers.

Read the Article

Discover the East Coast of Vancouver Island

5 to 7 Days / 500 km (311 mi)

Relax and rejuvenate along this coastal road trip
from Victoria to Port Hardy.

Explore Road Trip

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

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