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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.

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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Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

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Sightseeing, Hiking

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

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

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BC Ferries Route

3 to 7 days / 1109.41 km (689 mi)

Travel from Vancouver to Port Hardy by car and ferry. Explore seaside communities, world-renowned gardens, and underground caves.

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Spring

How to Experience BC's Must-See Coastal Towns

Discover Indigenous culture, art, and exciting culinary offerings in these West Coast towns.

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Dining & Culinary Tours, Fishing

Crabbing on the West Coast of BC

Blogger Lindsay Anderson shares her tips on how to go crabbing on the west coast of British Columbia.

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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, 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

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

Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

Read the Article

Sightseeing, Hiking

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

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

Read the Article

BC Ferries Route

3 to 7 days / 1109.41 km (689 mi)

Travel from Vancouver to Port Hardy by car and ferry. Explore seaside communities, world-renowned gardens, and underground caves.

Explore Road Trip

Spring

How to Experience BC's Must-See Coastal Towns

Discover Indigenous culture, art, and exciting culinary offerings in these West Coast towns.

Read the Article

Dining & Culinary Tours, Fishing

Crabbing on the West Coast of BC

Blogger Lindsay Anderson shares her tips on how to go crabbing on the west coast of British Columbia.

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, 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

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