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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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BC Ferries Route

3 to 7 days / 1109.41 km (689 mi)

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Hiking, Sightseeing

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

Discover the best of this remote archipelago including Haida First Nation food and art.

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Beaches & Lakes

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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Pacific Marine Circle Route

1 to 3 days / 289.08 km (180 mi)

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Attractions, Beaches & Lakes, Hiking, Parks & Wilderness Areas

Five Nature Hotspots Close to Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver’s location makes it easy to leave city life behind and immerse in nature. Discover rainforests, mountains, and beaches minutes from...

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Boating, Paddling

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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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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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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BC Ferries Route

3 to 7 days / 1109.41 km (689 mi)

Explore Road Trip

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Hiking, Sightseeing

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

Discover the best of this remote archipelago including Haida First Nation food and art.

Read the Article

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Beaches & Lakes

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

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Pacific Marine Circle Route

1 to 3 days / 289.08 km (180 mi)

Explore Road Trip

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Attractions, Beaches & Lakes, Hiking, Parks & Wilderness Areas

Five Nature Hotspots Close to Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver’s location makes it easy to leave city life behind and immerse in nature. Discover rainforests, mountains, and beaches minutes from...

Read the Article

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Boating, Paddling

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

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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...

Read the Article

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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...

Read the Article