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Journey to the water's edge

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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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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, Wildlife Tours, Summer

Top 5 Places to Spot Whales in BC

Top 5 places in BC to spot the province's biggest residents.

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Camping, Whale Watching, Paddling, Summer

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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Pacific Marine Circle Route

1 to 3 days / 289.08 km (180 mi)

This coast to coast journey on Vancouver Island offers panoramic views of the Juan de Fuca, Haro, and Georgia straits as well as the Saanich...

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Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

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Boating, Paddling, Summer

No Boat? No Problem: 5 Ways to Get on the Water in BC

From boat charters to floating lodges, it's easy to experience British Columbia's waterways.

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Beaches & Lakes, Sightseeing, Summer

Top 5 Places to Experience the Ocean in BC

We asked our Facebook fans for their top spots in BC to enjoy the ocean. Victoria, Vancouver, Johnstone Strait, Haida Gwaii and Tofino/Ucluelet...

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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

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, Wildlife Tours, Summer

Top 5 Places to Spot Whales in BC

Top 5 places in BC to spot the province's biggest residents.

Read the Article

Camping, Whale Watching, Paddling, Summer

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

Pacific Marine Circle Route

1 to 3 days / 289.08 km (180 mi)

This coast to coast journey on Vancouver Island offers panoramic views of the Juan de Fuca, Haro, and Georgia straits as well as the Saanich...

Explore Road Trip

Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

Read the Article

Boating, Paddling, Summer

No Boat? No Problem: 5 Ways to Get on the Water in BC

From boat charters to floating lodges, it's easy to experience British Columbia's waterways.

Read the Article

Beaches & Lakes, Sightseeing, Summer

Top 5 Places to Experience the Ocean in BC

We asked our Facebook fans for their top spots in BC to enjoy the ocean. Victoria, Vancouver, Johnstone Strait, Haida Gwaii and Tofino/Ucluelet...

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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