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Surfers at Cox Bay on Vancouver Island

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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.

Nature & Wildlife, Indigenous Culture

Illahee: The Importance of Whales in Indigenous Cultures

Members of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation keep the community’s traditional history and stories alive through local whale-watching operations....

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Paddling, Summer

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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Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

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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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Sightseeing

BC’s Captivating Coastal Towns

Looking for a seaside holiday in a BC coastal town? Try surfing in Tofino, buying fish off the boat in Steveston, or viewing wildlife in Prince...

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Nature & Wildlife, Indigenous Culture

Illahee: The Importance of Water in Indigenous Cultures

Discover the important role water plays in the life of Francine Douglas Shoyshqwelwet from the Stó:lō (Sts’ailes) and Ts'msyen (Metlakatla)...

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Nature & Wildlife

Plan your trip to Tofino

Tofino, on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, is popular for sandy beaches, surfing, and hot springs.

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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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Nature & Wildlife, Indigenous Culture

Illahee: The Importance of Whales in Indigenous Cultures

Members of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation keep the community’s traditional history and stories alive through local whale-watching operations....

Play Video

Paddling, Summer

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

Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

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

Sightseeing

BC’s Captivating Coastal Towns

Looking for a seaside holiday in a BC coastal town? Try surfing in Tofino, buying fish off the boat in Steveston, or viewing wildlife in Prince...

Read the Article

Nature & Wildlife, Indigenous Culture

Illahee: The Importance of Water in Indigenous Cultures

Discover the important role water plays in the life of Francine Douglas Shoyshqwelwet from the Stó:lō (Sts’ailes) and Ts'msyen (Metlakatla)...

Play Video

Nature & Wildlife

Plan your trip to Tofino

Tofino, on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, is popular for sandy beaches, surfing, and hot springs.

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

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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